Some of the educational staff worked with juvenile sex offenders housed in the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center, Bond said. Although officials would like to move the center, there's no concrete plan in place yet. Bond said the division is hopeful it can find a stand-alone location in Harrison County where it could move those offenders, easing the transition for the juveniles and staff alike.
Maintaining relationships would be ideal, Bond said, adding that the education staff was doing great work with the juveniles at the facility.
Whether a facility is available and contiguous move can happen remains to be seen.
"If all planets align," Bond said. "But there are a lot of moving parts in this plan."
The division is trying to find other locations in the state for the educators, Bond said; she thought a facility in Fairmont might have some openings. Bond and Rubenstein both said there could be the chance for additional training if those employees wanted to stay on after the transition.
The division of corrections is still looking at what types of programs it will have at the facility, Rubenstein said.
Many adult prisons lack basic academic skills - in areas like reading, math or spelling -Rubenstein said. Classes for the General Education Development (GED) certificate are also common, he said.
"I do know in talking with the adult side of the education department that they will be working with us to identify the number of instructors on educational as well as vocational and any type of staff like that that would be needed to offer the instruction to the 300 to 400 inmates that will be there," Rubenstein said.
Of the 21 employees at the facility classified as teachers now, six are considered vocational instructors and one is an adult basic education teacher. Rubenstein said the division of corrections would be at Salem this week to research the best way to use the facility for adults.
Once that is determined, staff numbers can be decided as well.
Bond said there are also contract employees that provide all medical services at the facility. According to the division website, "PrimeCare Medical provides all health care, physician (at least weekly at every facility), dental and prescription services for all DJS facilities."
Psimed Corrections also has a contract to provide mental health services at DJS facilities, according to the division's website.
Bond specifically mentioned both companies, saying those employed at Salem might also have a problem once the division of corrections takes over.
The governor's office is working to find a solution, Alsop said. The department of education is as well, Cordeiro said.
A town hall meeting is scheduled 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the armory in Salem to discuss the changes, Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said. The transition to an adult facility is expected to be completed by July.