After the unexpected closing of a Christian school in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the parents learned they might have to deal with another blow. Reports revealed that the Calvary Christian Learning Academy might not be able to refund fees the parents paid in advance as the school has been financially strapped for years.
Lauren Wright, a mom of a preschooler, told reporters that she already paid the school registration fees for the next year. She also made early automatic tuition payments for her daughter upon the urging of the school.
"I feel as though it was the last attempt to get the money that they could get, before things were dissolved," the mom said.
Wright has joined other parents to rally against the school and get their money back after receiving an email that announced the closure. The pastor stated in the email that he did not know that his trustee would order the school's closure after filing for Chapter 11 in June 2017.
Some parents also went to the pastor's house the day after the school's closure, but nobody opened the door. One parent said that the school should have told them about its filing for bankruptcy last year instead of asking for advanced payments of the tuition fees. It also did not appease the parents to learn that fees are still being deducted from their accounts this week since these have been set for automatic withdrawals.
The teachers also revealed that they have not been notified of the school's closure ahead of time. One teacher confirmed in the reports that they did not receive any emails, unlike the parents. Their wages are also still pending in court, as the school's trustee asked for a $75,000 loan to pay the employees.
Meanwhile, neighboring Christian schools, such as the Crossroads Christian Academy and the Anderson Academy, have opened spots to accommodate the students from preschool to ninth grade. These institutions also opened employment opportunities for the Calvary school staff who are now jobless.