Former staff member at CEDU's Rocky Mountain Academy
August 11, 2005
GO former CEDU GO!
Today's Sandpoint Daily Bee headline and article indicates
that the now empty buildings that have housed CEDU education
in northern Idaho "will have a new owner and a revived
future in the therapeutic schools industry." Numerous
groups have bid, and it is looking like this Friday will officially
offer some final answers as to the new owner, and an idea
about when the schools will reopen. All I can say for this
industry, families, and staff members at the former CEDU schools
is "Yipee!" I never could imagine that the schools
and their awesome, inspirational properties would be closed
forever. I, personally, am eager to know more about the new
plan and to meet those who will be overseeing it. I'm waiting
for the barricade at the entrance to be taken down so I can
drive back onto that property, and do my share of handholding
and supporting as those dorms and "the house" reopen.
Northern Idaho has been looking forward to an aliveness and
bustle again in Paradise Valley created by teenagers, parents,
and an eager staff more than ready to get back to the business
of being in the lives of bright, confused, witty,loving, trying
to figure it all out struggling teens.
As an educational consultant these past almost 14 years,
I know our role is to assist families with assessment and
the best recommendations we can make for their child and family.
With this in mind, I am hopeful the educational consultant
community will once again take an in depth interest in a school
setting for struggling teens in northern Idaho that has been
in the forefront of emotional growth education for so many
years. When I wrote an earlier piece for Woodbury Reports
as the schools closed, "CEDU Education --"Here Forever"
-- I received many responses from staff, former staff, and
former students as well who had stumbled upon the article.
One of the most recent former students commenting to me regarding
the schools asked me if I wanted to hear his 5 minute views
about the schools or the story after story of a very caring
group of people and challenging experiences that changed his
life so incredibly.
Every family, be it our personal family, work family, or
school family faces trials and victories in a lifetime. In
my practice, I work with families and schools all across the
country. I am eager to be able to get to know the new plan
in northern Idaho, and when appropriate, include these schools
in my recommendations for consideration to the families who
have hired me.
There is a connection with nature for any schools or programs
in northern Idaho, and a history of many successes in this
region. I wish the new owners and returning and new staff
all the very best. This industry is in need of such places
of beauty, safety, care, inspiration, challenges, growth.....
and joy and laughter again.