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School begins move from Cushman to Batesville

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An Independence County school will soon have a new location.

The White River Academy is being moved to the former Batesville School District Administration building on Water Street. 

The academy is Batesville's alternative school. 

It is being moved into town as part of the district's plan to reduce their footprint by getting rid of some campuses. 

It's currently in Cushman, which is 20 minutes away from Batesville. 

Director Drew Sandage said moving into town will open up more opportunities for his students, like being able to enroll in trade classes at the community college during the day.

"Or even just getting a job, a first job," Sandage said. "So many of our students, they don't even have work experience because they're out there."

He also hopes this will cultivate more involvement from the students' parents. 

"This should make it where parents can be involved. They can be a more active part in their student's lives," Sandage said. "Therapists, counselors, anyone we need can be here in two minutes. A big advantage for our kids."

On Wednesday, the Arkansas Division for Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation posted their list of 200 buildings and properties owned by school districts that were unused or underutilized that could make them available for charter schools use under a new law. 

White River Academy's current campus has several unused buildings on that list. 

Students are expected to begin attending school in the new building when they come back from Spring Break. 

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