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Rainier School closure removed from Senate budget, but left as option

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm with No Comments »
April 15, 2011 7:55 pm

The Senate Ways and Means Committee removed from its budget this evening an order to close Rainier School in Buckley and Frances Haddon Morgan Center in Bremerton.

However, the budget retains a requirement that two of the state’s five facilities for the developmentally disabled be closed. The facilities go unnamed.

Sen. Jim Kastama, one of the Pierce County senators who sought the change, said there is more work to be done in the budget to make certain Rainier School does not close. But he thinks the Pierce County delegation can find support.

“There were a number of us who said we wouldn’t support this budget if it in fact identified Rainier,” Kastama said.

Other changes to the budget tonight include elimination of a proposed cut to school districts based on their truancy rates, and an exemption from the state’s smoking ban that would allow cigar lounges to open. AP has details on those changes.

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