- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Two years after his proposal for a parish-wide library system fell flat, St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot is renewing the effort.

The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1YaQ8lM) reports Fontenot told the Parish Council last week that he will make it an administrative priority to draft funding proposals he thinks would help establish a parish-wide library system.

Fontenot’s remarks followed a presentation by parish resident and library supporter Ginger Lecompte, who told the council a system linking existing municipal libraries sprinkled throughout St. Landry is essential to attracting industry, attacking adult illiteracy and improving the public school graduation rate, which is below the state average.

The council took no action on the matter, but Fontenot said he will do further research and then bring the matter back to the council.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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