Defunct military academy can't pay faculty

9 months 6 days 5 hours ago Saturday, July 15 2017 Jul 15, 2017 Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:53:09 AM CDT July 15, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri military academy and college that dated to 1880 before shuttering at the end of May says it can't afford to pay its faculty as previously promised.

Wentworth Military Academy and College's president and superintendent, Michael Lierman, told faculty members by email May 16 that they would continue getting paid "as normal" until their contracts expire. The Lexington school closed 15 days later.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that on June 27, academy caretaker Rick Cottrell told faculty members that Wentworth doesn't have funds to make salary payments for now. He said the academy's board hopes to liquidate the site's assets and collect unpaid tuition to get money to make the payroll.

Cottrell wouldn't discuss the matter Friday and deferred to the academy's attorney, who didn't return telephone messages.

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