by Steven Ahle
The Biden Administration has signed a five-year agreement to lease the luxurious 100-acre home of the former American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, where tuition ran $42,000 a year because of its unbelievable amenities meant to attract the area’s richest families. Do illegal immigrant children really need an Olympic-sized swimming pool?
Here is what the Academy is made up of:
The American Hebrew Academy, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, was opened in 2001 to create a pluralistic learning and leadership environment for international Jewish high school students. The Academy is beautifully situated on a 100-acre campus, including a 22-acre lake. Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate architect, Aaron Green, created the master plan for the campus and building designs.
The Academy campus has 31 buildings totaling 412,712 square feet including 16 dormitory houses, 35 residential staff apartments, and an 88,000 square feet, $18 million athletic center and natatorium. The athletic center includes two basketball courts, rock climbing walls, a racquetball court, an exercise gym, and an eight-lane pool. As of 2016, the American Hebrew Academy had the largest closed-loop geothermal exchange well field in the United States to heat and cool its campus.
The amount spent on the facility is not disclosed, but they will be hiring a staff of 800 to run the facility not counting the federal workers.
News of the lease was reported earlier this month by WFMY-TV (excerpt):
The American Hebrew Academy will start housing immigrant children at the boarding school campus in July, the Board of Directors announced Friday.
The new leasing deal will give the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) the campus for use as a transitional space.
The Unaccompanied Children program through ORR provides transitional housing for children who have come across the United border alone. The program then works to place the children with family or provide a “vetted sponsro.”
During their time at the Greensboro site, the federal agency will provide schooling, mental and medical services, case management, legal services, and recreational opportunities.
…The school on the 100-acre campus closed in 2019. It will now be leased to the federal government for five years, during which the American Hebrew Academy will provide educational support.
In 2019, the school was valued at $84.5 million. It has 31 buildings, 35 resident staff apartments, an 88,000 square food $18 million dollars athletic center, and a natatorium along with a 22-acre lake.
Up to 800 people will be hired to fulfill functions and provide services at the Hebrew Academy.
Jobs will include administrators, teachers, counselors, medical care professionals, and other workers to oversee the facility and meet the needs of unaccompanied children.