20 Aug In the News: Alternative School starts classes in Reynolds
REYNOLDS, Ind. (WLFI) – “We’re looking for that student who needs that second chance,” The Crossing Educational Center Reynolds Campus Administrator Stacy Handschu said.
Robert Mullinax is that student who was looking for a second chance after serving time in prison.
“I was incarcerated for arson and attempted murder at the age of 16,” Mullinax said.
The Frankfort native was not allowed back to high school. Now, he is working his way to a high school diploma at the alternative school- the Crossing Educational Center.
“Basically I have to come here then I transition, if I want to, from here over to the high school after they think I’m ready,” Mullinax said.
The Crossing now has a home in White County.
The Reynolds location started school August 1 after all four White County superintendents voted to fund the school last school year. Central Indiana Crossing Director Stan Good said there are about 20 students at the Reynolds location, but more are expected.
“We’ll have students trickle in off and on through Department of Corrections getting released or somebody getting expelled from a public school,” Good said.
Handschu said the school mainly caters to students who are not currently in school. She said the new group in White County is excited.
“The students have really bought into this idea of another opportunity to get their education,” Handschu said. “They’re believing they can actually get their diploma.”
There is one teacher to every six students at The Crossing. Handschu said students can take their time on computer classes, and get to interact in small classroom settings.
It’s something that is working for Mullinax, who hopes to finish high school at The Crossing.
“It’s not like you come here and sit on a computer,” Mullinax said. “We have a big family, and that’s what we call it.”
To find out more about The Crossing Educational Center visit its website at https://www.crossingeducation.com/.