School board approves contract with The Crossing

Another night filled with discussion for the South Bend School Board, as they decided whether or not to renew a contract with local alternative school, The Crossing.

In the past, students who have not been successful in South Bend schools have gone to The Crossing for help.

But the school corporation’s contract with the alternative school expired last month.

Tuesday night, with a vote of 4 -3, the board voted to approve a contract with The Crossing. The board members in favor of a contract renewal say,

“I do believe The Crossing can reach some of those students, I have seen them do it,” says Secretary Dawn Jones.

“Indianapolis is with it, Mishawaka is with it, Elkhart is with it. If you guys are saying this is breaking the law then I guess there's lot of school corporations breaking the law,” adds board member William Sniadecki.

Those that voted against the contract say,

“Just because other people do it doesn’t mean it’s not a violation of the First Amendment. It is a faith-based school,” says President Michelle Engel.

“It may provide life skills that are important to a lot of students, I have not seen a curriculum that’s on par with the South Bend Community School Corporation curriculum, yet we are going to put our diplomas to students who graduate from The Crossing,” says board member Stan Wruble.

The Crossing Education Center Principal, Quentin Bishop, says he is happy they were given the opportunity to discuss and debate such an important issue and is happy to continue working with South Bend.

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