LPSS hopes to rename media center for late employee Richard

The school system will rename its media center in honor of longtime employee Carol Ann Richard, who was killed in a car crash in February. (Photo: Submitted photo)

The Lafayette Parish School System plans to honor a late longtime employee by renaming its media center in her honor.

The idea is to officially name it the Carol Ann Richard Media Center. The proposal goes before the Lafayette Parish School Board on Wednesday.

Richard worked as a secretary at the media center for 20 years. The center provides instructional materials and other resources to teachers, administrators, librarians and other school employees.

Richard, 66, was killed in a February car crash in Lafayette when a suspected drunk driver hit her vehicle in the 4200 block of Moss Street. Two others were injured in the wreck.

Richard “gave the ultimate in customer service by being committed to the highest standards of ethics, interpersonal decorum and integrity to all who walked through the Media Center door,” according to the resolution asking to rename the center.

Patrick Hanisee, the district’s library science specialist, said he came up with the idea of naming the media center for Richard.

“She was just such a special employee and such a special person,” Hanisee said.

The resolution goes on to say that Richard had an unselfish attitude, went above and beyond her job description and inspired all who came into contact with her.

“Carol Ann Richard kindled in librarians not only a love of librarianship but also a sense of their place as gatekeepers of knowledge and professionalism in and out of the workplace,” the resolution continued. “Carol Ann Richard believed that access to information in all forms for the refinement of all people are an integral part of the total educational mission.”

Hanisee said he expects the board to approve the resolution.

“We got so many emails and texts about Carol, and most of them said she was the heart and soul of the media center,” he said. “Her name is synonymous with the media center. It’s going to be something that will always honor her and the way she treated people when they came in here.”

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