Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to speak at Wednesday morning’s ceremony that marks the mid-summer closure of Maple Lane School at Grand Mound. The one-time school for delinquents that morphed into a medium security youth prison is a victim of budget cuts budget cuts and an early closure in June that saves more than $3 million more than a later closure.
Both Republican 20th district Reps. Richard DeBolt and Gary Alexander wrote Gregoire today to say they are declining invitations from the state Department of Social and Health Services to attend. The lawmakers also put out this joint statement today.