Student’s of Eddie Long’s New Birth Christian Academy will have to find other schools to attend in 2012 as it was announced that the school would be closing it doors effective immediately.

The academy, founded by Bishop Eddie Long, informed parents in a letter dated Dec. 22 that the private school’s “funding estimates fall far short of our projected needs. 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,” said to the letter signed by Carlton Donald, the board’s vice chair.

The news caps a tumultuous year for Long. In May, he settled a sexual coercion suit filed against him by four former New Birth members. Earlier this month, his wife of 21 years, Vanessa, filed for divorce, leading the bishop to take some time off from his pastoral duties to tend to “family business,” he said. Long remains New Birth’s senior pastor. ¬†READ MORE



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