Private School Closes with No Refund of Tuition

by NYC Firm Schools on August 16, 2009

Families in Michigan have been devastated by the sudden closure of a local Private School. While the uncertain economy has been an issue for just about every company and organization, private and public, families from the Romeo Montessori in Southfield, MI were told in recent months that unless admissions increased, the school might be forced to close. The parents were also told, according to a group that attending the school meetings, that any tuition would be refunded in that unlikely event.

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The WXYZ Action News in Detroit reported that this simply wasn’t the end result.

SOUTHFIELD, MICH. (WXYZ) – A private school that’s been around for many years has suddenly closed its doors, and several families are out thousands of dollars in pre-paid tuition.

Dan and Nina Casey are devastated. They’ve lost nearly $12,000 and a school for their two young children, Sean and Jade, and that’s because the Romeo Montessori School, which the Casey’s loved and where they wanted their children to be, has filed for bankruptcy and closed without much notice, not before many families paid tuition, though.

The sign on the door tells the story: no summer camp, no fall classes, file a claim for your money. It’s reported the school will auction off everything inside to help pay its debts. Will the parent ever be reimbursed? That remains be seen.

Many of the families in this situation are devastated by the lack of good faith the school had for the education of their children, as they are now without a school or the tuition money to attend a new school.

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