Carden West parents battle over tuition payments
Original post made on Feb 24, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:53 AM
on Feb 24, 2012 at 7:28 am
The rest of the story, based on recollections of the public meeting: It isn't just about the parents who left versus the current Carden West board members. The board was not pushing this issue prior to this month. Instead, they were pleading with the parents who left to come back. So what changed?
1. A single local bank is the owner of nearly all of that $1.8M debt.
2. When Carden West declared bankruptcy, the bank gained certain rights to the assets of Carden West, including all contracts.
3. Many parents subsequently left the school without giving the stated 60 day notice.
4. According to the board, the lawyers for the bank and the lawyer for the current board have recently told the board that the 60 day notice clause is still enforceable. (Perhaps not surprising, given whom they are advocating for.) During the remaining months of the school, the board has the authority to waive the 60 day penalty if a parent returns for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year.
5. According to the board, the bank has recently said that any unsettled contracts (i.e., parents who left without giving the 60 day notice and who did not come to an agreement with the current board prior to May 31 2012) will be immediately sent to a collection agency.
Is the 60 day provision still enforceable? Is (5) a real threat to one's credit? Perhaps a lawyer for a departing parent would be able to counter-argue that successfully. If the bank does indeed send the contracts to collections on June 1, many of the departing parents may have to find out.
on Feb 24, 2012 at 9:32 am
I'm very sorry that parents are going through this huge hassle, but I have to ask-- why not just send your child to Pleasanton's very highly rated public schools?
on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:18 am
to current carden parents, due to the bankruptcy process and layoffs, the door to the school has been left open at times without an admin monitoring who is going in and out. i have observed this on various occasions. this means anyone off the street has access to your children and the school is UNSAFE. this is the primary reason i pulled my child out of the school.
also, i am not entirely certain the bank is aware of the breach of contract related to increase tuition plus the subsequent documentation sent out by the board including invoices that they were planning on increasing tuition. i also don't think they are aware that kathleen massey, the deputy director informed over forty parents that carden had breached the contract and notice was not required. the bank may also not know that the dates of the school year indicated in the contract were changed from june 15th to june 1st. they also may not be clear on the desperate nature of the emails sent out by carden indicating that the school might have to close its doors within a few weeks. there are over sixty sets of parents and growing uniting against this at this point.
i think the best thing is for everyone to be humane, let the school go, have the current carden kids go to wonderful and SAFE public schools for a few months and move on with dignity.