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Protesters want veto of Maple Lane School closure

About 80 protesters marched up and down the steps of the Legislative Building today demanding that Gov. Chris Gregoire save Maple Lane School from shutting down.

Gregoire plans to sign the state’s operating budget next week. One of Washington’s largest state-employee unions wants her to veto the section of the bill that would start the three-year phased closure of Maple Lane, where about 200 juvenile offenders are confined in Grand Mound.

Workers, their families and Evergreen State College students chanted, “Veto” and “Save Maple Lane” today. Union officials said none of the workers were on the clock during the protest.

Supporters said no other facility has the means to handle Maple Lane’s unique population of youth with mental illnesses and addictions.

“The state has spent tens of thousands of dollars to train us at Maple Lane,” said counselor Michele Davis, of Olympia.

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Attempt to save Maple Lane fails

Lewis and Thurston county lawmakers tried to amend the budget to save Maple Lane School, but couldn’t muster the votes in the House this evening.

The juvenile detention center in Grand Mound would close in the budget, saving about $6 million.

Republicans backed Democratic Rep. Brendan Williams’ amendment, but he couldn’t get much help from his own party, and it failed on a 45-52 vote. Williams then became one of a few Democrats to vote against their party’s budget.

A consulting firm’s 2009 study concluded that closing Maple Lane is a bad idea because the state lacks

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Maple Lane slated for closure

The budget out today slates a juvenile detention center in Grand Mound for closure.

The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration would have to close Maple Lane School by mid-2013.

Inmates would be moved to other facilities. According to a summary of the operating budget (now online – read it here) the capital budget that is also out today provides for borrowing more than $16 million to create new space for the displaced youth.

The general fund will save $5.8 million through the Maple Lane closure, according to the budget summary.

UPDATE: The closure is supposed to be accomplished in phases, with

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