The Eddie Long saga just gets more and more extensive this week, as a letter sent during the holiday recess of his New Birth Christian Academy notified parents that the school would not re-open on January 4. The school was founded by Long eighteen years ago and has an enrollment of over 200 students. Tuition at the school ranged from $5,253 for New Birth members to $6,198 for non-members, but the school’s board says that funding estimates for this year have fallen short.

In the letter Carlton Donald, the board’s vice chair, says that:

“It is a very sad occasion, as the NBCA board has made the tough decision to temporarily close the school…we have operated New Birth Christian Academy for several years with substantial deficits in hopes that the national economic climate would change, however, that change never materialized.”

Officials at the school insist that the school’s last-minute closure has nothing to do with the sex abuse allegations against Eddie Long. It also has nothing to do with the fact that Vanessa Long, his wife of 21 years, filed for divorce and that the school is considered part of their joint property. The decision is also unrelated to the fact that the Bisop has in turn taken time off from his pastoral duties. Right…I’m sure that a last-minute decision that’s sent hundreds of parents and children in search of new schools within the next week has nothing to do with any of that.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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