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Lon Morris College employees not getting paychecks

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 6:20pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:43am

An anonymous employee of Lon Morris College in Jacksonville says their employees got their last paycheck two weeks late and didn't receive their March 31st paycheck at all. Sources say the college was denied a loan that was supposed to finance the school, and it's fueling rumors that the school is bankrupt. We went to the college Tuesday to see what is going on.

We found that employees and students alike are concerned about the finances at Lon Morris.  When we went to the college, we were quickly informed by officials that employees were told not to say a word.

One student, Theodore Lloyd, says, "I need to know if this school is going bankrupt because I need to stop putting my money into it."

Lon Morris officials are not giving students any answers.

One concerned parent says her son--who goes to the college--said some teachers were packing up and leaving because they didn't get paid.  "One of my coaches, he didn't even come to practice today because he didn't get his check," says one student.

We're also told by students that the financial aid office is withholding refund checks.

Late Tuesday afternoon, we received a statement from the Lon Morris President, Dr. Miles McCall:

"Lon Morris College is a school with a proud tradition.  Affiliated with and supported by the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Lon Morris College, like many educational institutions, often faces financial obstacles due to the current difficult economic challenges in our country.  Lon Morris College is a private non-profit educational institution.  Financial information is not public information and cannot be discussed until at which time all constituent groups have been briefed through the internal processes.  The tremendous growth in recent years has put pressure on working capital.  The institution has no plans to close at this time contrary to inaccurate media reporting nor have we quit paying our employees.  We have delayed one pay period for several days while our accounts receivables accrued to a level needed to meet cash demands and we may be forced to delay some future pay periods in order to meet our student obligations.  Our institution has faced numerous financial obstacles in its 156 year history but with support from finance partners, donors, alumni, and church constituents, we have always worked through our challenges.  The Board of Trustees and Administration is currently working with our existing financial partners to restructure debt and relieve current operational shortages.  The institution is considering all other cost saving options just like many school districts, state funded institutions, and other private schools.  We may face employee furloughs, benefit cuts, or programs cuts, but at this time various options are still being considered and no decisions have been made.  These challenges happen every day in local industry, educational institutions, and government agencies and often go unnoticed by the media and public. We are not immune to the current economic pressure."     --Dr. Miles McCall, President

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Dr. McCall's comment, claiming this happens every day in local industry, can't be true. I own a business in Kilgore and I cash my customers paychecks for them. In fifteen years, I have had problems with two checks. Those were cleared up in less than a week. I've had different jobs in the past 45 years and have never been paid late, not once. If not making payroll was a common problem in our local industry, we would have no local industry. Face the problem, work off a budget.

what they don't let you know is how many times this has happened over the past two years. This has happened a number of times without the media knowing. I don't know what it will take, but I just don't see why many of these teachers stick around. I agree that many of the problems have started since the new athletic depts were initiated, but that is not all the fault that has started this. What do you say to the families that are being effected by this. People need their money...pay them!

i am a '65 grad. just where in the hell are the texas ministries?

i am a '65 graduate. where in the hell is religious community with the money.

LON MORRIS WILL GET PASS ALL THIS AND YOU WILL SEE LON MORRIS BASEBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Lon Morris is a wonderful institution filled with some ofTexas finnest most caring teachers. This school has time after time bent the rules to accomodate not only myself, but for many other students as well. I am sure Dr. Miles MCCall has the situation under control and does not need help from students (most of whom are recieving scolorships) who have no idea whats true and what isn't. The press is going to make a story, right or wrong. They jump at any chance to twist the truth to make headline

I am a Lon Morris College Student who has yet to receive her refund check. I don't care if they are going bankrupt, that's their fault for starting this football program. I understand that sports are important in college but the school should have made sure their financial situation is in tact. If this proceeds, Lon Morris will be hearing from my lawyers.

MY SON JUST GOT 2 FULL YEARS PAID WHAT SHOULD HE DO

Get rid of some of the sports, such as Track, and Football. Those teams spend and take the most money and do not bring any money in. The school had no problem two years ago when there was no Track or football team. At this point of time in our economy institutions, especially private educational institutions, should be smart about the money they spend and should start thinking about the money they should save. By the way the Track went way above their finacial limit to recruit athletes.

Don't blame the programs for the financial mis-happenings. Blame school officials who allowed this to be carried on. I am a student at Lon Morris and I believe that people should stop pointing the finger and make a difference. Try raising money to help further fund our education. As far as the track program goes, I believe what the program is doing is going to bring a greater good to the school rather than what most have been doing. Lets find out when National Champions is Followed by LON MORRIS

really us pay for ur education you have alot of nerve!!! this community isnt responsible for your education try fafsa or a job like most of us had to do!! Thats what is wrong with the youth today if it isnt earned and hard work payed for they cant appreciate it. I personally know the college which is a 2 yr one made a lot of drastic decisions with sports and housing for students they couldnt accomodate withith the last 2 yrs. As for raising $ for ur educated yeah good luck with that......lol

Don't blame the programs for the financial mis-happenings. Blame school officials who allowed this to be carried on. I am a student at Lon Morris and I believe that people should stop pointing the finger and make a difference. Try raising money to help further fund our education. As far as the track program goes, I believe what the program is doing is going to bring a greater good to the school rather than what most have been doing. Lets find out when National Champions is Followed by LON MORRIS

so much for private schools operating better than a public school. y'alls argument for private schools has been shot all to heck now, hasn't it?

I've never heard anyone argue that private colleges are generally better operated than public institutions of higher education. From this story, however, I could surmise that private schools sink or swim without taking any money out of the taxpayers' pockets. You can't say that for public schools at any level.

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