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French immersion program seeks home

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St. Luke Hospital in Arnaudville has been vacant for almost four years, but has interest from a behavioral health service and a French language immersion program. To become a language immersion center the hospital board of directors and hospital district would have to dissolve.

The hospital's future is still in the hands of the board of directors who met Wednesday night at the Arnaudville community center. According to the board's attorney, who was appointed at Wednesday night's meeting, the board is discussing the legal process of the building moving forward.

"They have an asset that people want to use and they want to make sure whatever they do it's legal," says attorney Gachassin.

"Board members held an executive session and would not comment afterward, but Gachassin says the board did not express favoritism towards keeping the hospital district or dissolving it for the French immersion center.

"No they didn't express any opinion one way or the other about what the building is ultimately used for," says Gachassin.

Before the board went into executive session it was standing room only with Acadian citizens like doctor Glynn Granger, a former doctor at St. Luke's, pushing for the French immersion program for practical and purely cultural reasons.

"When I was here, 98 percent of the patients I treated on a surgical basis I spoke to them only in Cajun French and I figure to continue our Cajun heritage we have to promote the education of our Cajun heritage in this community, says Granger.

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