Local Legislatures Upset Over Possible Closure of Yakima Valley School
SELAH, WASH. -- A group of local legislators express concern over Governor Chris Gregoire's plan to close Yakima Valley School in Selah. Right now, the governor's preliminary state budget doesn't include funding to keep the school open.
The group of local leaders say they plan to work with the governor in an effort to avoid closure. Many of them talked about finding other areas in the budget to cut as well as making the school more efficient.
Republican Representative, Charles Ross of the 14th district said, "I promise you at the end of the session there will be many times when I come home and I will be able to tell you that I have found yet another area where we can cut and save and run this facility the way it's supposed to be run."
But advocates for the disabled, like Arc of Washington State, believe institutions like Yakima Valley School are out of date.
Sue elliot who is the executive director for Arc of Washington State said, "overtime families have learned that there is a different way and a better way to support people and so it has been the Arc's belief that people are better served living in the community."
Leadership of Arc of Washington State contends quality of life is improved when residents live in the community and are exposed to more opportunities. They also point out that our state is ranked 39th in the amount it spends on people with developmental disabilities.