South Adams eyes partnership with faith-based private school

    South Adams Schools is looking into the possibility of offering an alternative education program. Superintendent Scott Litwiller said at this week's school board meeting that such a program "provides an alternative for those students who do not learn well in the public high school classroom."
    Litwiller explained that South Adams is eyeing The Crossing, a faith-based, state-accredited, private school that would work with the community's public schools. Litwiller said, "Even though the students are [educated] at The Crossing's campus, the students are enrolled in public school."
    During the past 18 months, Litwiller said that he has had some casual conversations with board members about starting an alternative classroom at South Adams. "The need for such a program exists in the community," he said. Litwiller added that he, high school principal Trent Lehman and middle school principal Jeff Rich, along with administration from Adams Central and North Adams, met with representatives from the The Crossing in February.
    The Crossing's director, Rob Staley, is expected to make a presentation at a future South Adams Board of Directors meeting.
    In other business, the board approved summer classes. Kindergarten through eighth grade programs that were approved include IREAD for third graders who did not pass the IREAD test and who are facing mandatory retention unless they pass the test in June.
    Also approved were a Jump Start remediation class for 2nd-9th graders and a Wilson Reading class for 3rd-8th graders with learning disabilities.
    High school summer classes that were approved include Credit Recover and Credit Advancement, summer band and Migrant Fall Extension for migrant students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
    Additionally, student handbook revisions were approved during the meeting, and board members scheduled a work session for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, to discuss school board policies.