Aug 15, 2011 10:08 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish is one step closer to opening a facility dedicated to combating truancy.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/reqfwK ) the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board recommended unanimously last week to enter into an agreement with the state to use the empty School for the Visually Impaired for such a purpose.
The agreement allows the school system to use the 9-acre facility rent-free as long as costs for utilities, maintenance and liability are paid.
Officials say the mission of the facility - called the Family and Youth Service Center and Neighborhood Place - is to identify truant youth and provide them and their families with services that would prevent additional unexcused absences.