The academic year is off to a good start at Starke County’s newest school. Classes started last Friday at The Crossing. It’s a faith-based alternative school that offers a mix of classroom and vocational training to youngsters who have been expelled, dropped out of school or have otherwise fallen through the educational cracks. Local board president Mark Bailey tells WKVI News 21 students have signed up so far. They can enroll year-round, but those who register up by Sept. 12 will count toward their host corporation’s enrollment number for the sake of state funding. The Crossing will get a share of that money to defray tuition expenses. Earlier this year Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis Schools signed contracts with The Crossing. Bailey says O-D has also donated some desks and furniture for the classroom space in the old Sears retail store south of Knox on U.S. 35. Bailey adds The Crossing will not turn any students away who enroll after that date and says scholarships are available. Prospective students can stop by the school Monday through Friday from 8 until 11 a.m. and 1 until 3 p.m. to sign up. Find more information online at http://crossingeducation.com/.