A school affiliated with Bishop Eddie Long’s Lithonia megachurch — New Birth Christian Academy — is shutting down. Parents received letters just two days before Christmas, telling them the school would close on January 4th.
New Birth Christian Academy, which enrolls students in kindergarten through the 12th grade, has been struggling financially for years. A financial deficit and declining enrollment left its board of directors with no other option but to temporarily close the school.
Art Franklin, a spokesman for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is keen to stress the school’s closure is not linked to the sexual allegations against Bishop Eddie Long, which culminated in the pastor taking a sabbatical to “tend to family business” after his wife Vanessa filed for divorce.
The letter also stated the staff at New Birth will help students and parents find a new school.
The academy, founded by Bishop Eddie Long and located within the church, is closing after 18 years, forcing parents of more than 200 students to scramble to find new schools by next week.