School closes after first day of classes

DELRAY BEACH, FL (CBS12) - Kimberly King, owner of Oxford Academy in Delray Beach, like many other, was left in the dark when a brand new charter school mysteriously closed their doors after the first day of school.

She arrived at Champs Charter School to pick up a student who was enrolled in her aftercare program.

But when she arrived, she was shocked with what she found.

"We picked him up 2:45, they were talking down signs and putting them in their cars," said King. "There was so sign that they were ever there."

Champs Charter School gave the students a letter – on plain, white paper, with no signature – that read:

"It is with our deepest regret, due to unforeseen circumstances, Champs Charter Schools of Delray Beach and Riviera Beach will be unable to open for the Fall of 2014-2015."

CBS 12 went to the principal to get answers.

She refused.

But a teacher of the school reached out exclusively to CBS 12 and told us she and the other teachers were notified at 2 P.M. Monday that they no longer had jobs.

According to the teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous, school executives told them "There is no money. You will not be paid."

Champs opened two locations Monday for the 2014 school year – both of which are now closed.

After CBS12 learned of the mysterious closing, they tried their website and tried calling.

The website, which was operating Sunday night, was down and the phone line disconnected.


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