Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — "This will really allow parents to make sure their kids get back in school, and provide those services that not only the child needs, but the whole family needs," said EBR Interim Superintendent of Schools, Carlos Sam.
It's a project many in East Baton Rouge parish is desperately needed. Now after years of waiting school and Parish leaders say a truancy center will finally open their doors later this year.
"These are kids who typically are dropouts, are students who are typically truant from school, just didn't attend school that day, or students who have habitual absences from school," said Sam.
The center will be at the now empty Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired on Government Street.
Educators say this new center is what Baton Rouge needs to help get young people off the streets and back in the classroom.
"This a one stop shop for school officials and law enforcement agencies that will provide wrap around services for students with unexcused absences," said Sam.
And city officials like Mayor-President Kip Holden agree, he says the goal is to help parents reach their kids before the violence does.
"Look, if you go and do what's right, you go back to school, then these businesses will be there for you, and therefore you can grow into a productive citizen. We're trying to get ahead of that moment, where parents lose their kids to violence, if you allow us to work with you and the kids, then we can probably save some lives," said Holden.
Something many parents in East Baton Rouge Parish say they can't wait to see.