Revitalize Star Academy
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Join this important effort to protect a valuable state asset and retain a costly investment by the taxpayers of South Dakota. For more than 20 years, the Star Academy boot camp served as a diversion option for troubled South Dakota youth. This gave them the opportunity to change their lives and become productive members of society. This boot camp atmosphere was a huge success, with many youth attributing their successes to this program. While recent appraisals place the value of the Star Academy property at $2.34-million, actual replacement value of the building, physical plant and surrounding land is estimated at more than $50-million. This clearly shows that the Star Academy property remains a viable and a useful asset with a number potential future uses. Despite all of this, our Governor wants to sell this state asset for pennies on the dollar, with the consequence of the sale being a new facility needed and costing the taxpayers $50-million!! This would be an astronomical waste of our tax dollars! We are asking concerned citizens to sign a petition and to contact the Governor at 605-773-3212 or their State Legislators to prevent the future sale of this property and to consider future uses to better utilize decades of maintenance, improvements and staffing that have already been invested in the Star Academy facility. Sign the petition today to Revitalize Star Academy and join this statewide effort for fiscal responsibility and stewardship in determining the next chapter of life for this very valuable piece of South Dakota property.
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