ED Magedson – Founder
First Academy Leesburg Fl219 N 13th Street Leesburg, Florida USA
First Academy Leesburg Florida Greg Frescoln, Administrator Mckay Scholarship Abuse Leesburg Florida
I want to begin by conceding that I believe Greg Frescoln, Administrator, is an honorable man who is making well intented mistakes. The school in question boasts academic accredidations that any private school would be proud of. Additionally the staff of teachers and coaches are of a high callibur (inspite of past mistakes any school could suffer). For these reasons I chose to place my two (2) children in this school. I (and said children) have attended the First Baptist Church of Leesburg Fl, for just over six (6) years (Schools namesake). Furthermore, when it comes to academics, I would like to also concede that I truly believe Greg Frescoln (and wife, history teacher at school) are above reproach in knowledge of academics, Christianity and have clearly helped hundreds of children achieve higher education and possibly Christian salvation.
So what is the complaint? Here we go.....
My children have a Florida Scholarship called the "Mckay Scholarship" for students with disabilities. It has been determined (by Lake County School System) that both of my children are "Developnentally Delayed". This is not as severe a designation as "Autism" but still qualifiies them for the scholarship. Because my childrens disability is widely considered "mild", they are able to attend schools like First Academy, Leesburg, Fl (many "Mckay" children are limited to schools with "Special Services" for severely impaired children). Additionally I am a single parent since 2004.
I enrolled my children at First Academy in the summer of 2014 and had my obligitory meeting with Greg Frescoln. I found him to be ambiable and competent. Nine weeks later I was looking forward to seeing how my children faired against the new school curriclium. Thats when I realised the schools strict/rigid financial policies.
First academy by their own admission has only accepted the Mckay Scholarship since 2012. Communication and partnership between school and parents of children with disabilities is paramount for a successful relationship. Unfortunately, First Academy runs their private school (business side and Professional Conduct) like a small town Church Daycare. Not good enough. This school at its current state has no business accepting the Mckay Scholarship. The Professional Business Office at FA is a classic case of the inmates running the asylum. Frescoln by his own admission lets his admin's protect him from anything not related to academics. This has resulted in discimination despite their good intentions.
It gets worse. Knowing they run the asylum, the admin staff at FA refuses to accommadate any request of mine (examples available on request). Frescoln blindly trusts his admin staff and takes their side in all matters (when confronted). I cannot help but feel they are discriminating against me because:
In conclussion, First Academy Leesburg, Fl is planning to expand their campus. I would like to urge the church to consider expanding their professional conduct before any facility expansion. The business office at FA sorely needs training in professional conduct and LIMITING LIABILATY.
For my part legal advice is welcome and needed. By requiring me to make payment "types" that are not outlined in their written policies I feel I have been discriminated against. I cannot manage two (2) disabled children with no communication from their school caretakers. Please Help and Thank you.
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