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Beauty school students face uncertain future


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Beauty school students face uncertain future

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Jan 29, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dozens of cosmetology students face an uncertain future after the locks were changed on their beauty school this week in connection with an eviction.

Samantha Leslie can only cling to her cosmetology textbook and wait.

"No one knows exactly what to do or how to go about the situation," Leslie said.

Instead of her teacher, Leslie said she was greeted by a constable's deputy when she arrived at Destination Academy on Hualapai Way near Flamingo Road on Tuesday.

"There were students coming down the stairs grabbing all their belongings," Leslie said. "There was a constable inside telling us we had an hour to gather our belongings and leave."

The Las Vegas Township Constable's Office was serving an eviction to the school, and the spa and salon connected to the school, for not paying rent, constable spokesman Lou Toomin said. 

A contractor changed the locks and a deputy sealed the doors with orange stickers. 

Leslie estimates she had accumulated more than 1,500 credit hours at the school over the past year.

"What do I do? Where do I go? Are my hours going to be taken care of? How much money do I have to put forth in a new school," Leslie asked.

Leslie said she hasn't heard anything from the school's owner and Action News has not either. Despite numerous phone calls, voice mails, online messages over the last two days and a visit to the listed address of the owner, Action News has not yet been able to reach the owner.

The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology licenses the school and is now involved.

"We're trying to get any of the student records that we can to make sure the students are protected and to make sure that everything we can do to help the students is done," said state board director Gary Landry.

Landry said the school has 104 students enrolled. The board met with some of the students on Tuesday, he said. An online search of the state board's website shows the facility's license remains active as of Wednesday but it's unclear if the school will reopen. If it doesn't, Landry said the state is ready to help students.

"Our involvement would be to try and see that we can get the students placed wherever we can with other schools," Landry said.

Leslie hopes her beauty school experience doesn't come with ugly results.

"It could postpone me getting a license," Leslie said. "It could mean starting all over again. It could mean a lot of things."

The state board is also in charge of inspecting student records, another reason why the agency is now involved in the case. Landry said he'll have a better idea on the school's future hopefully in about a week.