ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Parents with kids at the Living Faith Christian Academy, a south city private school, say they are upset because they are paying $200 per month in tuition for a school that`s not up to par. Parents made allegations about everything from phone to power disconnections, a lack of supplies and kids eating from crock pots.
One parent who wants to remain anonymous says the situation at the academy is not good. Claiming the school is being run into the ground with teachers not being paid, a lack of sufficient lunches, heating and cooling, phone disconnections and a lack of supplies.
“I have heard from some of the staff first hand from some of the staff that are no longer there that they are not getting paid and are owed thousands. The cafeteria has been shut down for weeks not supplying the kids that get state lunches,” said the parent.
FOX 2 stopped by the school to find out if the accusations are true and found Loren Copp, the pastor who runs the school. Copp declined an on camera interview, but says the school has heat, electricity and is passing all of the inspections needed to operate. Copp also says employees are paid and has no idea why the accusations are being made. We also spoke to another parent who says his daughter has been there for 6 years and has never had an issue with the school.
FOX 2 checked with the Missouri State Board of Education and we`re told they don`t regulate private schools. They say all private schools need to function is attendance and immunization records, along with Missouri history courses. They also have to make sure there are no weapons or drugs on campus. At last check the phone listed on the schools website was disconnected. Requests for building and health inspection records from the city of St. Louis on the school are still pending.