(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)
We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Fieldstone Academy. For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm. If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Fieldstone Academy, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Fieldstone Academy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years. This will help! Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.
HEAL is currently investigating Fieldstone Academy.
|Marv Forsythe||Admissions Director||Forsythe is not a licensed doctor nor mental health professional in Utah. Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html|
|Thomas G. Knight||Dir. of Int'l Recruitment||Knight is not a licensed doctor nor mental health professional in Utah. Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html Knight reportedly no longer works for Fieldstone and has moved to Oregon.|
|Chris Forsythe||School Director||Forsythe is not a licensed doctor nor mental health professional in Utah. Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html Forsythe is not a licensed educator in Utah. Source: e-mail from Utah State Office of Education.|
|Ell B. Sorenson||Principal||Co-Founder of Sorenson's Ranch School and Hightop Ranch School. Both of which are confirmedly abusive programs. Sorenson is not a licensed doctor nor mental health professional in Utah. Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html Sorenson is a licensed educator in Utah. Source: e-mail from Utah State Office of Education.|
|Sandi Robison||Special Needs Teacher||Robison is not a licensed educator in Utah. Source: e-mail from Utah State Office of Education.|
|Jef Anderson||Principal (formerly the Math Teacher)||There are five Jeff (two f's) Andersons licensed as educators in Utah. HEAL requires this Jef Anderson's last four digits of social and/or birthdate to verify.|
|Ann-Marie Davis||History Teacher||Davis is a licensed educator in Utah. Source: e-mail from Utah State Office of Education.|
|Brian Davis||English Teacher||There are four Brian Davis's licensed as educators in Utah. HEAL requires this Brian Davis' last four digits of social and/or birthdate to verify.|
|Jonathan Porras||Spanish Teacher||Porras has a temporary alternative route to licensure educator license. Source: Utah State Office of Education.|
|Stacey Whitmore||Math & Phys. Ed. Teacher||Whitmore is not a licensed educator in Utah. Source: e-mail from Utah State Office of Education. (Note: There is another Whitmore with a different spelling that is licensed. If Fieldstone has misspelled her name, they will need to notify HEAL for correction.)|
|Marie Forsythe||Founder/School Admin.|
|*(Fieldstone Academy, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices. Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience. Thank you for your help.)|
September 7th, 2011
"7:20 p.m. Eric Probasco arrived
Administrator Taylor noted the Mayor will be setting up a meeting with Fieldstone Academy in regards to their noncompliance with the issues agreed upon for their Conditional Use Permit. There were a few items in question in which the City will be meeting with Chris at Fieldstone to discuss and get cleared up. Administrator Taylor recommended Council Member B. Jensen attend this meeting along with him and Mayor Nay."
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'Gunnison City Council Meeting and Public Hearing Minutes
Wednesday, September 21, 2011- 7:10 P.M.
Gunnison City Hall-38 West Center
Gunnison, UT 84634
Fieldstone Academy – Chris Forsythe, Director – Present Outline of the Academy’s Purpose, Policies and Programming for Informational Purposes to the City Council and Community
Mayor Nay addressed the citizens in attendance and Chris Forsythe from Fieldstone Academy setting the ground rules for the discussion. Chris addressed the Mayor, Council Members and citizens in attendance. He stated Fieldstone was started about 7 years ago by him and his father. Discussion ensued on how the school came to be and how they landed on focusing on students who fall behind in school. He stated they had been in Gunnison for about a year now and were working on renovating the old Elementary School for their Academy. He then addressed the problems that had been occurring in the community. He stated his views on the problems and his views on his students. He would like to have a better relationship with the people of the City, and run a viable business. Chief Halliday reviewed the City Ordinance regarding curfew hours for minors. Chris explained the Academy had gone to wake staff at night which is more expensive for them, but this would allow them to always know their students were in at night.
8:25 p.m. Diane Dyreng left
Chris commented their Academy is a private educational institution licensed and accredited through the Utah State Office of Education directly through the State. Their accreditation is the same as the High School. Council Member B. Jensen then reviewed the data and time line since the beginning of Fieldstone
Academy requesting the move to Gunnison City using the Council minutes from previous City Council meetings. The Conditional Use Permit approved by the City was also read and summarized. Mayor Nay turned the time over for public comment.
Brian O’Mara (Diane Titze’s son-in-law) stated their concerns regarding trespassing on the property that is vacant much of the time. He also questioned the state of the school and the element the students bring into the area. Mayor Nay commented how helpful it would be to have a meeting with the Cities and the Academy leaders once a year to keep the Academy up on the local laws and answer any questions either side may have. Chris welcomed anyone to come to the school with their concerns and talk to him and see the school. Chris stated he currently has 16 students, 13 borders and 3 locals (from the area) with staff members being 4 teachers, a janitor and a couple administrative members. Jarvis Sorensen questioned whether or not the water shares had been turned in. Council Member B. Jensen stated they had not been turned in yet, and the City would be working on getting the school into compliance with the City Ordinance. Chris stated he would work on getting those shares turned into the City which they are currently at the Gunnison Bank used as security on a loan. The value of turning in the shares to the City was reviewed and explained again to Chris. Diane Titze questioned the accreditation of the school. She would like a copy of the certificate, and Chris stated he would get that for her and she would also be able to go online to check the certification. Chris then stated the name they were accredited as dba/Fieldstone Academy. He also noted they called the students schools for background checks and have interviews with the parents and students since there was no actual way to find out if they have felonious backgrounds since the records are sealed when they are juveniles. If they receive a student who has a problem or is involved in an incident in the community for an actual fact, they are usually sent home, but are dealt with on an individual basis. Mark Henline commended Chris for trying to operate his business and what he was doing for the students and felt the community should welcome them. Chief Halliday explained the investigations he had taken care of reporting they included students that are local citizens, and not just Fieldstone Academy. Tom Anderson stated his concerns of the 2 bonfires he had seen at the school and the question of the adequate supervision for the students. He would also like to know what the rules at the school are. He also questioned the background checks for the employees. Chris explained the background checks are done on all employees with one exception this past year that was a local hired by references in the local community stating he deserved a second chance. Chris then introduced one of his students, Andrew Laurel, who was involved in one of the investigations. Andrew explained his situation and expressed his appreciation to the school for helping him and giving him a second chance. He also disclosed the information he knew about many of the other students who had attended Fieldstone. Becki Carlisle set forth her opinion on the supervision issue at Fieldstone feeling that the students should be watched closer especially at night. Chris then communicated to the citizens if there was any damage to their properties by his students that he would be responsible to take care of it. Mayor Nay determined the main concerns were trespassing, zoning requirements, supervision and runaways. She encouraged better communication between the City, citizens and Fieldstone. The citizens encouraged Chris to have the students at Fieldstone respect private properties. Mayor Nay addressed that any further concerns should be taken directly to Chris unless they are infractions and need to be reported to the proper authorities.'"
|Fieldstone Academy is not a recognized private school in Utah. Source: http://schools.utah.gov/main/INFORMATION/Educational-Directory/DOCS/2013EducationalDirectory.aspx (Page 145).|
|Fieldstone Academy has a few complaints to police that include assault/fighting and the need for an ambulance.|
Last Updated:February 9th, 2016