CAMDEN, N.C. (WAVY) - Some employees from three North Carolina childcare centers that closed last week said Tuesday that they haven’t received their final paychecks.
Those centers in Camden and Pasquotank Counties closed suddenly Friday because directors said there was a funding shortage.
The not-for-profit Northeastern Community Development Corporation gave employees and parents letters Friday morning, saying the centers would close at 6:00 p.m. that day. Former assistant director Christy Davenport said she was supposed to receive her paycheck Friday, but NCDC directors told her to come back later.
On Tuesday, the doors were locked and paper covered the glass entrance at NCDC’s main office and daycare center off of Highway 158. Davenport said she and others returned there Tuesday to ask about their paychecks.
“It got a little bit heated and we were asked to leave, and the cops were called and we were told to leave the property,” Davenport said.
10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly attempted to talk to two women entering the building from the side door, but a Camden County sheriff’s deputy said NCDC did not want her on the property.
When WAVY.com approached NCDC Board Chairman Mickey Golden walking to his car, he said the board was working on getting former employees their pay.
“When the money comes in and we can get it together, we’ll do that,” Golden said. He would not say when employees should expect to receive their checks.
About half of 65 former employees attended an emergency meeting Tuesday morning with Camden County officials to get job search information. Many said they were worried about where they would find work.
“Where’s my next paycheck coming from? How am I going to supply for my family?” former teacher Shelley Barnes said.
Former teacher Candice Mallory said she would continue going to school until she finds something.
“It’s stressful trying to find a job. I have four children, so it’s very stressful,” Mallory said.
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