The two trailers they had for classrooms got destroyed in the big flood. The two trailers that were supposed to replace them aren't safe, and looked like they were going to fall down. So, they'll need to be replaced as well.
Luckily, Ramsey allowed our class to hold our classes in the Ramsey contact visitation for most of the days. So, it wasn't too bad. That was because a supervisors class was scheduled at the same time our class was. The supervisors held their classes in the clubhouse. The contact visitation area's of the Ramsey, Stringfellow, and CT Terrell units could probably all be utilized as classrooms if necessary. I know it was sure nice to be able to go to class at the Ramsey contact visitation.
It is a bad situation at the Ramsey training academy. Could it be better, with what they've got? yes, I believe so. For one, they could get at least two porta potti's at the clubhouse so folks who have to use the restroom can go. I doubt they would be that expensive. Second, some gravel thrown down and spread in the parking lot would help with the mud issue. Third, make the classes smaller. Fourth, utilize the contact visitation rooms of the three units close by for classes. And, for GC and HG, fifth, allow GC and HG officers to chose to go to J4 or Hightower. We were being allowed to do that before. And, for some reason they stopped it. Not sure why, as it doesn't make sense. It was helping our staff, and took some of the load off of Ramsey. It needs to go back to the way it was.
I'll say this about the training staff. They do the best they can with what they've got. They're not in charge of the budget, or renovations at the Ramsey training academy. Have there been some inexperienced folks promoted to sergeants there to instruct? Yes. They too are doing the best they can. They've also promoted some experienced staff to instruct there here lately. And, I hear they too are doing a good job. TDCJ admin, if you're listening, SUPPORT THEM. Give them the facilities they need to train effectively. At the moment the learning environment is pretty tough at the Ramsey academy. They could use your support, in any way you can.