MARIETTA, Ga.,None - Dozens of Cobb County parents are scrambling to find a new preschool after a school in Marietta was abruptly shut down.
On Thursday, officials at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church announced plans to close the church’s preschool in May, but by mid-afternoon Friday, the school was closed.
“We have been scrambling all over the place,” parent Shauna Trainer told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.
She and other parents were shocked when the church announced the shutdown and that the school’s director was gone. Church senior warden Tony Green said several teachers and students resigned the next day, leaving the school incapacitated.
“They knew that the school would implode, and it did,” Trainer said.
Administrators said they closed the school as they evaluated all the programs within the church. Teacher Noushin Baumann said she was one of three teachers to resign, but the school had enough staff to last the year.
“I understand business decisions need to be made but it was in the manner that it was handled,” Baumann said.
Church administrators said they are trying to evaluate finances so that any fees that parents are due can be refunded.
“I think the rug has just been pulled out from under us,” Trainer said.