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East Nashville Private School Closes Its Doors

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by Nicole Ferguson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville private school is closing its doors just three weeks before the start of school.

Board members for the East Academy made the decision early last week, citing financial problems amid low enrollment. The Kindergarten through 8th grade school opened in 2001, and many of its 125 students were economically disadvantaged.

Phone calls and e-mails with the subject line "Sad News" were sent out to parents Thursday.

"That's kind of last minute when you're trying to get your kids in school," said Rosalyn Pinchon, whose 11-year-old son was in the sixth grade at East Academy.

Pinchon headed to the school Monday afternoon to see about enrollment fee reimbursement. She said she'd already paid for uniforms, but more than anything, she's worried about where she can get son enrolled by Metro schools' August 12th start date.

"We're like grasping at straws trying to figure out which school he's going to," said Pinchon, who's run into problems like waiting for a lottery pick. "Right now, we're torn."

Pinchon said suggested alternatives were included in the parent letters, including home schooling and another academy located in Franklin. She said she and her son loved his teacher, and she was sad to have to move him to another school.

Meanwhile, teachers were also at a loss Monday as they gathered their belongings from the school. They declined interviews, but said they have to scramble for jobs as well.

One East Academy board member was reached on Monday, and she referred NewsChannel5 to acting chair Tim Lehning. Lehning contacted NewsChannel 5 Monday evening with this statement: "It's impossible for us to open with the enrollment numbers that we had achieved through July. That's what we're doing and I hate it."

Email: nferguson@newschannel5.com

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