SA signs for alternative ed program

    South Adams Schools is one step closer to implementing an alternative education program.
    The schools' board voted unanimously (Tony Mellencamp and Amy Orr were absent) at a special meeting on Tuesday to approve a one-year agreement with the Crossing Educational Center.
    The Crossing is a faith-based, state-accredited, private school that will work with the community's public schools. Superintendent Scott Litwiller said earlier this month that, "Even though the students are [educated] at the Crossing's campus, the students are enrolled in public school."
    With the one-year agreement in place, the Crossing agrees to provide an alternative education for high school-age students for the annual price of $5,500 per student, with a minimum number of 25 students.
    The next steps in implementing the program are to form a community-based board, find a location for the program and enroll students.
    At the regular school board meeting earlier this month, it was mentioned that the old Dollar General store on Main St. in Berne might be a possible location for the alternative school.
    In other business at the meeting, several personnel matters that were approved, including the retirement of Brenda Ziminsky as a school bus driver of 10 years.
    Approved employments include Andy Brown and Kristi Cressman as elementary IREAD-3 teachers, and Margie Dobler and Curt Amstutz as high school e2020 teachers for credit recovery and credit advancement.
    The transfer of Andy Sommer from Title I to an elementary general education classroom was also approved.
    Coaches that were approved include Jim Buckingham as a volunteer baseball coach and Roman Smith as a volunteer strength and agility coach this summer under the supervision of football coach Jason Arnold.