Essence

Alpharetta, GA

#43 Jan 16, 2013
Identifying the problem is not mean or just "pointing fingers". Its an essential part of a REAL solution.

The board of trustees foolishly hired a self-proclaimed "fund raiser" to save the school.

Gary FAILED. Did the board do ANY due diligence on this guy? or Mike his fishing buddy?

Folks, if you hire a fund-raiser, you need solid proof of his abilities.

Leaving the same board in charge IF enough money is raised is a recipe for more failure.

Has the board even been honest about how much in the hole Arlington really is? The expenditures Arlington will have to make in the next 2 years is close to 2 million.

Pray? of course. But take ACTION also. Its gonna take to keep Arlington open.

I believe its possible, but I wish the board was more transparent and open to the parents about ALL of the details.

By the way, those of you who say things like "why didn't YOU ask to be on the board?"

Because they were asking board members to be individually responsible for Arlingtons debt.

Which of YOU are willing to have your name on the mortgage?

Wish they had required that at the beginning, before they spent themselves into this situation. It's easy spend money else money/credit.
Essence

Alpharetta, GA

#44 Jan 16, 2013
correction:
It's easy to spend money/credit YOU don't have to pay back.

“Yet another average white man.”

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#45 Jan 16, 2013
Lewholt wrote:
<quoted text> Grob, you speak the truth. Good job. If I had kids there, I'd want to know soon as possible.

I've had my problems with private schooling in a couple of states. What I found they had in common was a lack of oversight and the leadership seemed to border on fascism. One school even had a document I was to sign that basically said that according to a couple of lines of scripture from Matthew, I as a parent needed to shelve my questions or complaints and give in entirely to my "faith" in the school. We see how this went for Catholics, so I am amazed to see parents still sucking up like this.

They are your babies, they do NOT belong to the school and the school has no right to shut you down when you bring an issue to the forefront. If the school administration is only interested in halting discussion in these matters, they are not demonstrating Christian attitudes.
Grobbbbbbbb

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#46 Jan 16, 2013
Essence wrote:
Pray? of course. But take ACTION also.
If you *honestly* thought prayer had any influence there would be no need to command people to take action. Deep down you understand it has no merit.

As Mark Twain said: "Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool"
UncertainParent

Douglasville, GA

#47 Feb 7, 2013
ACS Update - Board members met with faculy and parents Monday, 2/4, to present situation update. The school will complete the 2012-2013 year for all grades (K-12). Funds of $390,000 needed to complete contract year (jul 31),$250,000 just to make it thru May. To date,$60,000 has been raised thru donations and several fundraisers. Next year is uncertain: require 150 enrolled students with fees paid and contracts signed by 4/1 deadline to proceed with plan for next year. Fees will be held in escrow. No guarantee on classes, grades, sports, fine arts, teachers, or otherwise. HUGE leap of faith required. One parent used example of paying for new car without knowing what options you were getting. No change in current leadership, same board, same interim headmaster, no search for new one. Potential merger in works with local K-8 church school (approx 130 students).

Approximately 30 parents/family attended. Several were very vocal in showing their suppport and intent to ride out the storm.

If you had "skin in the game", what questions would you ask the board and admin team?
ChicknButt

Decatur, GA

#48 Feb 7, 2013
TheRevealer wrote:
Pray harder, see what that gets you! Morons!!!
This is what a young insane serial-killer sounds like. There are probably a lot of dead kittens and puppies buried around his property already.
Lack of dignity

United States

#49 Feb 7, 2013
If the school wanted to publish their updates, im sure the would contact the media. Its people like you that keep the ball rolling with negativity. Stand up and make your decision, based off the facts and dedication to your school. It baffles me that you are turning to the intenet for answers. Turn to your faith and ask God for guidance. He will answer your prayers, not the internet.
Im sure , after reading this response ....you will understand. We love our school
UncertainParent wrote:
ACS Update - Board members met with faculy and parents Monday, 2/4, to present situation update. The school will complete the 2012-2013 year for all grades (K-12). Funds of $390,000 needed to complete contract year (jul 31),$250,000 just to make it thru May. To date,$60,000 has been raised thru donations and several fundraisers. Next year is uncertain: require 150 enrolled students with fees paid and contracts signed by 4/1 deadline to proceed with plan for next year. Fees will be held in escrow. No guarantee on classes, grades, sports, fine arts, teachers, or otherwise. HUGE leap of faith required. One parent used example of paying for new car without knowing what options you were getting. No change in current leadership, same board, same interim headmaster, no search for new one. Potential merger in works with local K-8 church school (approx 130 students).
Approximately 30 parents/family attended. Several were very vocal in showing their suppport and intent to ride out the storm.
If you had "skin in the game", what questions would you ask the board and admin team?
Full of Dignity

New York, NY

#50 Feb 7, 2013
Lack of dignity wrote:
It baffles me that you are turning to the intenet for answers.
The Internet, and more specifically, Topix, is the best place for honest, forthright and intelligent discussion for every topic.

You should take a few minutes to look at all the subjects and the wonderful conversations that take place here.
Re Full of Dignity

Sharpsburg, GA

#51 Feb 7, 2013
The issue here is not Topix. The validity of information on the blog is the concern. I assume you're the person in charge of this site. This sound board has the worst form of communication between parents, students, and the public. Especially when you're school is the process of seeking donors, etc. Thankfully, I hope others gage what is read on this site. As many statements are true, but I'm concerned at the constant bashing, due to personal issues with the school. "Seasons change", and when the storm hits. The question is 'are we prepared to handle it". In this cases, ACS has, and will. Can't wait to read the comments when the school prevails.
Full of Dignity wrote:
<quoted text>
The Internet, and more specifically, Topix, is the best place for honest, forthright and intelligent discussion for every topic.
You should take a few minutes to look at all the subjects and the wonderful conversations that take place here.

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#52 Feb 8, 2013
Lack of dignity wrote:
Turn to your faith and ask God for guidance. He will answer your prayers, not the internet.
<quoted text>
This kind of wooly thinking is exactly why your school is in trouble. Rather than "do" something you want someone else to do it for you.
Lindsey S

Atlanta, GA

#53 Feb 26, 2013
So, I don't know much about the board of directors or anything of that sort. But I do know that I have had several friends attend Arlington and graduate from here, as well. This school does a good job at raising young Christian men and women, while providing them with an excellent education. That's all that matters.
Concerned Future Parent

Union City, GA

#54 Mar 18, 2013
This is crazy!!! I'm glad there are people out there that are not afraid to let the public know what's going on at these schools. These people need to do a more indepth investigation before appointing individuals on the board... Whether it's the president or board members.
Even if this information was not posted now, and my hubby and I had enrolled our child today, we would pull our child out within the next month or so because of the hidden information. It is sad that "Christian" people would try to hide this information from future and present parents. The decision to enroll my child is no longer an option...
Friend of current parent

Douglasville, GA

#55 Mar 18, 2013
I am close friends with a family whose children currently attend Arlington. We have been praying for them and all those affected by what is happening there. She told me this weekend that they are merging with another school. I believe she said it was in Fairburn and was 2year old-8th grade. She also said that at a parent meeting last week, the ACS board explained how the merger would work and presented all aspects of their combined future in a positive light.
I really hope this is a good thing for all the students, families and employees there. I also hope that the real truth about the merged schools will be visible for those families struggling with whether they should stay or go. If any of yhe leaders from either school reads this, you need to tell your families everything you can. I would want to know who the leaders are going to be before I would make a decision. Parents also need to know what they'll be getting when they are paying tuition. From what I've been told, most of the teachers are mediocre at best and very little extra is offered. So maybe the merger will help in some of these areas. I'm glad I'm not having to make a decision about this although from what little I know, I don't think I would want my kids there.
Re Friend of C Parent

Sharpsburg, GA

#56 Mar 25, 2013
The issue here is not that the school is making an attempt to hide information. I commend ACS for informing parents and alumni of their past financial issues. Many schools in the area are laying off teachers, and/or restructuring due to financial woes. The details of their issues are not shared with the public.This is great tool, when keeping the integrity of the school and the students currently attending. ACS is on it's way back, be sure to visit this blog for the exciting news coming you way very soon
Friend of current parent wrote:
I am close friends with a family whose children currently attend Arlington. We have been praying for them and all those affected by what is happening there. She told me this weekend that they are merging with another school. I believe she said it was in Fairburn and was 2year old-8th grade. She also said that at a parent meeting last week, the ACS board explained how the merger would work and presented all aspects of their combined future in a positive light.
I really hope this is a good thing for all the students, families and employees there. I also hope that the real truth about the merged schools will be visible for those families struggling with whether they should stay or go. If any of yhe leaders from either school reads this, you need to tell your families everything you can. I would want to know who the leaders are going to be before I would make a decision. Parents also need to know what they'll be getting when they are paying tuition. From what I've been told, most of the teachers are mediocre at best and very little extra is offered. So maybe the merger will help in some of these areas. I'm glad I'm not having to make a decision about this although from what little I know, I don't think I would want my kids there.
Dville Animal Lover

Douglasville, GA

#57 Mar 26, 2013
ACS is coming back but as a different school. The new name will be Arlington Foundation Christian Academy. Teachers and students are leaving in droves. The Class of 2013 will be the last graduating class of ACS as we know it.

New teachers from Foundation Christian Academy will take the place of current teachers. The students of FCA will be the students who fill the halls of the former ACS. I wish the new school the best of luck.
FFFInger

Alpharetta, GA

#58 Mar 27, 2013
[QUOTE who="I wish the new school the best of luck.[/QUOTE]

HA! HA! They're gonna need more than luck! Arlington's board of idiots will join with the other school's board.

They should have NEVER agreed to that! Alan Henderson will ruin this school too.

Arlington's staff has been kept in the dark. the teachers were only told after damn near EVERYONE else knew about the merger.
Grob

Alpharetta, GA

#59 Mar 27, 2013
The church / school merging with Arlington is
Open Word Christian Ministries. They are a small clone World Changers.

This is their website: http://www.owcm.org/

It tells you all you need to know about whats coming...

I'm surprised they don't have the title of "Bishop" or something.
Dville Animal Lover

Douglasville, GA

#60 Mar 27, 2013
The title the head of the new school uses is Chancellor! The best thing the staff at Arlington can do is get another job!

“Yet another average white man.”

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#61 Mar 27, 2013
Grob wrote:
The church / school merging with Arlington is
Open Word Christian Ministries. They are a small clone World Changers.
This is their website: http://www.owcm.org/
It tells you all you need to know about whats coming...
I'm surprised they don't have the title of "Bishop" or something.

Seriously?
Grobbbbb
Grob

Alpharetta, GA

#62 Mar 27, 2013
Dville Animal Lover wrote:
The title the head of the new school uses is Chancellor! The best thing the staff at Arlington can do is get another job!
WOW!!! HA!

Definition of CHANCELLOR:
1
a : the secretary of a nobleman, prince, or king
b : the lord chancellor of Great Britain
c British : the chief secretary of an embassy
d : a Roman Catholic priest heading the office in which diocesan business is transacted and recorded
2
a : the titular head of a British university
b (1): a university president (2): the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education

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