Gregoire's Budget Cuts May Close Yakima Valley School
YAKIMA, Wash.- Governor Gregoire is cutting state expenses and they've come up with a list of facilities they're considering closing. One of those is The Yakima Valley School.
The Yakima School isn't just a school, it is a habilitation center for disabled people of all ages. The administrator of the Division of Developmental Disabilities says they're one of the largest employers in Selah, holding 271 jobs. But if the school is shut down, there could be a large group of people without jobs soon. That's not the only concern, the director told me this facility is a 24-hour program which means the 100 people staying at the center actually live there and depend on the services.
"People who are out there need nursing services, again they're people with high need nursing services, pretty vulnerable individuals," said Paul Reynolds, the Regional Administrator.
And these individuals may have to find another place to call home. The school is still waiting to hear the final decision from Governor Gregoire, but none the less, they're on the list. And if they do close, the administrator says they'll have until early 2011 to find homes for all the people that need their services.