New York Military Academy Closing

NYMA 2015 Graduation

NYMA 2015 Graduation

When I read the article title New York Military Academy’s Sudden Closing, After 126 Years in yesterday’s New York Times, I thought “Wait a minute. How can that be? NYMA just saved themselves from closing a couple of years ago.”

Time flies. I looked back through the blog and see that I reported New York Military Academy Announces Closing: Supporters Rally to Save the School five years ago in April 2010.

Researching NYMA’s reported closing this fall, things seem quite dire.

As recently as August 15th, NYMA trustee chair Anthony Desa sent a letter to NYMA constituents announcing an agreement between NYMA and Global Preparatory Academies LLC that would keep NYMA operating under the NYMA identity. NYMA filed for bankruptcy in the spring and was working to reorganize and reopen.

A long history and an alumni body that includes, Donald Trump, Stephen Sondheim and John A. Gotti, among others, seem not to be enough to help the school successfully navigate marketing a military school in the 21st century.

School did not open as planned this fall and intrigue surrounds the school’s disposition.

The NYT reports that one potential campus buyer might be looking for the price to drop and that Mr. Trump doesn’t see a future for the school. NYMA requires a $13 million infusion to continue operations.

Students and Parents Hardest Hit
Of course hit hardest are students and parents who enrolled and expected school to open this fall.

“It was an emotional roller coaster…When we were supposed to be visiting colleges in the spring, we were visiting high schools…My son is angry. He’s still angry,” parent Jane Opie told the New York Times.

Best wishes to the everyone in the NYMA family.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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