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Private school closes in DePere; families fear loss of pre-paid tuition

DE PERE, Wis (WSAU-MetroSource)  A private school in De Pere is now closed, and parents are fuming over tuition money that has been lost.

The "Green Bay Press Gazette" reports the Wisconsin International School shut down suddenly on June 26 and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this month.

The school cited debt of more than $500,000. It lists BMO Harris Bank as its largest creditor for a line-of-credit. The school also owes money from its electricity and water bills.

Some staff members have also filed claims for unpaid wages between $1,300 and $9,800.

Some families have lost as much as $30,000 dollars in prepaid tuition that they are not likely to see refunded.

A bankruptcy court hearing is scheduled for August 21 in Green Bay.