CEDU EDUCATION ANNOUNCES
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACADEMY
MEDIA CONTACT: Julia Andrick
208-265-0607 or 208-255-6920/cell
(Feb. 10, 2005) NAPLES, Idaho - CEDU Education announces
the closure of Rocky Mountain Academy in Naples, Idaho.
"Over the past three years, the management of CEDU
Education has labored tirelessly in the search for effective
leadership for Rocky Mountain Academy and in implementing
a curriculum that would deliver only the best emotional growth
education for the students. In many respects, we were successful.
However, we failed to recruit and place at Rocky Mountain
Academy a school director with the skills to manage a cohesive
group of staff. Our leadership shortfalls created a negative
marketplace opinion that made it difficult to build a census
for successful school operation," explained CEDU Education
President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Naples.
Naples added, "Most recently, we have received resignations
from several key staff members. It would be difficult to
replace these positions in a timely manner and to allow us
the assurances that our students would be safe and continue
to receive a solid emotional growth education. That being
said, it is with the best interest of the students of Rocky
Mountain Academy to close the school and to find alternative
placements for them."
Rocky Mountain Academy presently has 19 students enrolled
in the program. The company is committed to finding the right
program for each of the displaced students and to assist
families in relocating their child
"This has been an emotional decision for everyone involved.
But at the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that
we are in the business of helping children. And by closing
RMA, we will better serve these students with alternative
placements and can put our resources into our successful
schools and programs. We have eight therapeutic programs
that are viable, successful, and are staffed with experienced
individuals. Each has a unique signature and is doing an
outstanding job of serving the needs of the children in their
programs," said Naples.
A number of the employees affected by the closure will be
offered other positions within the company. Some will leave
the company. Those leaving the company will receive severance.
There are plans to create a museum to permanently capture
the history of Rocky Mountain Academy, its students, and
Rocky Mountain Academy will be closing its doors effective
as of Monday, Feb. 14th. At that time it is expected that
all students will have transferred to other programs. If
not, the company will care for them until an appropriate
placement is found.
CEDU Education's boarding schools, therapeutic wilderness
program, and transitional living program are located in California,
Idaho, and Vermont and accommodate the diverse needs of families
searching for solutions for a child struggling academically,
behaviorally, and/or emotionally. The company has a 37-year
history of helping families in crisis. More information is
available at www.cedu.com.
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