FOR SALE/ UPDATE REDUCED to 6.5 mil
Ridge Creek School "Ridge Creek Academy"
830 Hidden Lake Road, Dahlonega, GA | Lumpkin County , GA
Although the facility was listed on April 14, 2011 as "Ridge Creek Academy," by all appearances, addresses, maps, taxes, and liens, it clearly is Ridge Creek School, under the corporate veil of Ridge Creek, Inc. and/or Hidden Lake Academy, Inc.
Not an easy ad to contain ... even under Ridge Creek ‘Academy’ ... We sat on it, took it all in. A hoax? Doubtful at this juncture.
Currently posted on "Indeed," there appear to be 10 positions open. There is no Director. The facility has just been cited by the ORCC for "no Director." It has also been cited for lack of qualifications. But not to worry, nothing will be done by the ORCC. It is not that egregious according to the ORCC's "Scope and Severity" chart. RCS is hiring for Director of Counseling, although Ms. Anne Edens, PhD. was just hired in February. According to "Indeed" ads, RCS is hiring for Director of Academics, Assistant Director of Academics, Counselor, Night Security, Reflections coordinator(interventions), Headmaster, and the Special Education teacher that the ORCC and AdvancEd (SACS) will also do nothing about. It appears AdvancEd. (SACS) whom accredits RCS did their review February of 2011 and gave the facility accolades. If it was a thorough review there is no way they could have missed those teachers that were not currently certified; or, that the schools certified "Visual Arts" and "Consultative Special Ed" teacher left on 01-26-2011. Regulations state "Consultative" does not qualify a teacher to be the core Special Ed. teacher. If AdvancEd (SACS) goes back in, they'll look like fools or expose that there needs to be an overhaul of the "good ole boy" system from the top down. It appears the only people that seem to care that there is no Special Education teacher are the families of children that have 504's and IEP's (ORCC Documents). What the heck... According to parents, there were no real Special Education services either. What is being reported is that the Special Needs services that the children did receive had to be fought for, if any at all. But, hey, we're talking about post Hidden Lake Academy, Ridge Creek School et al and the facility can basically do whatever they wish because there are no consequences from the state agencies. Why? Some of us may remember these quotes from the wonderful classic," Miracle on 34th Street":
- Fred Gailey: Your Honor, every one of these letters is addressed to Santa Claus. The Post Office has delivered them. Therefore the Post Office Department, a branch of the Federal Government, recognizes this man Kris Kringle to be the one and only Santa Claus.
- Judge Henry X. Harper: Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.
- ORCC Director: Now what? Every one of these complaints were delivered to our agency. We are a State agency. The Post office, a branch of the Federal government delivered them, recognizing our agency as the only caretaker.
- DFCS Director: Uh, since the Lumpkin County Sheriffs Department is an agency of the State government and the Lumpkin County Sheriff "pointed out this was extremely political and this facility was well-connected in downtown(Atlanta)," we shall not dispute. Purge them, case closed.
Moving on ...
So Ridge Creek "Academy "… nice ... is up for sale. If this isn’t just another “hoax”...
There is the need to keep the facility running and keep the in-take of students coming for cash flow.
Hey, it just might turn around with the ‘help’ of the agencies - anything is possible in "OZ."
• Is the current non-administrative staff aware of this?
• Are current families aware of this?
• Are prospective staff families aware of this?
Certainly hope so. Perhaps three months’ deposit (not held in escrow), uniforms, computer,
etc … is good enough reason. All non- refundable according to the current contract if one pulls
their child. Maybe prepaid tuition with a promise. We had one of those.
• If the facility sells?
Again, you would have been better off donating to St. Judes.
• Is the ORCC aware?
That would be far too in-depth for the ORCC. Two years later the ORCC just might find a “category” to
stick this in.
A little history:
On 08-2006 RCI was cited for 30 violations cited by the ORS (ORCC) 29 of “F” category
in severity and scope; 1 of “D” category. A myriad of violations were repeat. The class suit had
taken flight and an investigation of Hidden Lake Academy and Ridge Creek Wilderness by the
ORS was in progress - no thanks to the administrative staff. There was no fine and no adverse
action taken by the ORS. Why bother sending out your surveyors/ agents to do their job, if you
won't back them up?
Now the ORS is named the ORCC, nothing has changed, violations just keep mounting – it is just a different acronym with the old entourage not leading.
Ridge Creek School For Sale? Ha! What an unexpected gift for the ORCC Commissioner, Directors, and the DFCS agents that continually work their tail off for nothing ...
And that's my take.
ORS - Office of Regulatory Services
ORCC - Office of Residential Child Care
DFCS - Division of Family and Children Services
SACS - Southern Association of Colleges