The North Judson-San Pierre School Board last week approved an amended agreement with The Crossing alternative school. The Knox-based campus opened in 2014 and was billed as an option for students who have been expelled from or dropped out of public school or who have otherwise fallen through the cracks to complete high school.
The faith-based school offers a mix of classroom and vocational training. Participating students run a micro-business of refurbishing and selling furniture in order to learn job skills. The Starke County Crossing is located in the former Sears building on U.S. 35 next to Save-a-Lot.
The N.J.-S.P. School board agreed in April of 2014 to send four students to The Crossing. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says they were obligated under that contract to pay for four slots, even if they weren’t filled. Last week they revised that to a “pay-as-you-go agreement” with the school. Zupin says there’s no limit on the number of students North Judson-San Pierre can send to The Crossing and adds the corporation will be billed accordingly.
N.J.-S.P. is one of several area school corporations that send students to The Crossing.