Teachers at former charter school say they're not getting paychecks or answers


POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 11:17am

Teachers from the now obsolete charter school Crestworth Learning Academy were floored Tuesday when they checked their bank accounts.

"We were supposed to get paid today. I checked and I did not get paid from Crestworth," Felicia Nixon, a teacher at Crestworth, told NBC33.

"I’ve been working with them for three years and this is the first time I didn't get money put in to my account," Katherine Matthews, another former teacher with Crestworth, added.

calls went unreturned, and even visits to the church office and school's business office were both unfruitful. Nixon stayed on with Crestworth for three years, despite steady pay cuts, she said she stayed for the kids.
Tuesday she said she was no longer angry with the situation, just hurt.

"It’s like a slap in your face. I have bills that have to be paid. How can you call the bill collector and say, 'I can't pay them, I am sorry. I don't have the funds because my job didn't pay me," Nixon said.

But the problems don't stop there, several parents attempting to enroll their kids in EBR schools need transcripts from Crestworth, the only problem, no one will answer their calls or requests either.

"The children that are coming from Crestworth, it's not our fault that we're not able to get in touch with anybody at the school. These kids need to get in school. we can not take off and be running backwards and forwards playing chase games with these officials. We just can't," Tanganeal Ward, a mother of a former eighth grader at Crestworth, explained.

Repeated calls and attempts to contact administration with Crestworth Learning Academy went unanswered Tuesday. A group of teachers from Crestworth will be meeting Tuesday night to determine their next plan of action.

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