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Carson Long closing, CEO removed

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (WHTM) - The Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield is closing and will not open for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The executive committee of the school's board of trustees made that announcement in a letter Tuesday.

The board also announced that Stephen Washington is no longer president and CEO.

Washington's removal came after he claimed the school was staying open. In a June 11 letter, Washington wrote that any announcement of the school ceasing operations was "made in error."

"While Carson Long Military Academy has some challenges in the year ahead, they are not insurmountable, and it appears at this time that we will be welcoming our cadets back again in August," Washington wrote.

Washington and board of trustees chair Robert Wood announced June 20 that Carson Long would not have classes at the New Bloomfield campus in the fall and was working to continue operations in a joint venture with Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Nine days later, the administrators announced the joint venture was "no longer viable."

The military school for young men in grades 6-12 was founded as Bloomfield Academy in 1836. It was renamed Carson Long in 1916.


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