District voices opposition to halfway house

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - It's a parent's worst nightmare: convicted sex offenders living near their children's schools. But it's a nightmare that could become reality if the state decides to place a sex-offender halfway house just outside of North Bend, located a stone's throw away from area schools and bus stops.

Last week parents and school district officials began their charge against the state Department of Social and Health Services' (DSHS) possible siting of a sex-offender halfway house east of North Bend.

"We have to stop this before it even starts," said Kate Day, PTA member at North Bend Elementary.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, both the North Bend PTA and the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors passed resolutions admonishing DSHS's announcement that a site located outside of North Bend was being considered as a possible location for a sex-offender halfway house.

Although both resolutions carry no legal weight, both groups are hoping that it sends a clear message to state and King County officials that such a facility puts local students in danger.

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