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Horizon Academy, bus service reach accord

May 18, 2019

Horizon Christian Academy has reached an agreement with its bus service provider that will avoid a disruption of service on Monday, both sides said Friday afternoon.

A cut-off in service for students of the Fort Wayne charter school was threatened Friday by Excusions Trailways of Fort Wayne because of unpaid bills. 

A bus company news release said the school owed $20,000 for the “entire 2019 academic year.”

Anthony Beasley, school superintendent and chief executive officer, promised to pay by the end of March but did not, the release said. Subsequent attempts to contact him were unsuccessful, the statement said.

Beasley on Friday afternoon said the situation had been resolved and resulted from “a miscommunication” about the timing of payment. He said the bill had been paid but declined to say whether it had been paid in full.

A statement from Excursions on Friday said the company had received only “a partial payment of past-due invoices.” But the company pledged to continue bus service through the end of the school year.

Horizon Christian had been located at the former YWCA campus on North Wells Street until January, when the campus was purchased by Wallen Baptist Church.

Horizon Christian moved to Abundant Life Church, 3301 Coliseum Blvd. E.

The school enrolled 492 students in 14 grades from prekindergarten through high school at its peak in 2016-17. Between 65 and 80 students use bus service, Beasley said.

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