Beauty school students move forward


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Beauty school students move forward

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Jan 31, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Some cosmetology students are moving forward after the locks were suddenly changed on their Las Vegas beauty school this week.

The Las Vegas Township Constable's office said it served an eviction to Destination Academy, and a salon connected to the school, on Tuesday for not paying rent, according to spokesman Lou Toomin.

Generally speaking, cosmetology school can cost up to $20,000.

Now, the school's students are working to raise money and other beauty schools are stepping up to help.

"A lot of us are very heartbroken," said cosmetology student Heather Lane.

Lane said she completed about 1,100 hours at Destination Academy on Hualapai Way near Flamingo Road. Her education came to a sudden stop on Tuesday when a constable's deputy showed up.

"I was just thinking about getting all my stuff out," said Lane. "I wasn't even thinking about what's going to happen in the future."

With the deputy on scene, a contractor changed the locks. By Friday, the school's banner was gone from the front of the building and a "for lease" sign was posted. Heather said she has not heard from the owner; Action News has not been able to reach the owner either despite more than a dozen attempts this week.

"This has just put everything on hold for me," Lane said.

The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology is now involved. The school's license is active as of Friday but it's unclear if it will reopen. Lane has set up a web page for donations to help her classmates continue their education elsewhere.

"I'm hoping people that will donate and help our cause," Lane said. "A lot of us can't afford to go back to school."

The state board has obtained most of the school's records and is now working with other area beauty schools in hopes of placing the students, executive director Gary Landry said in an email on Friday.

The Academy of Hair Design on West Charleston Boulevard said it may have a place for the students. First, they'll have to interview for a spot and the school will need the students' records.

"I just encourage every student to not be disappointed and don't be discouraged by this because there are other schools like us that are willing to do everything we can to help them get finished with their hours," said career planner Kira Shaffer.

Lane said she plans to achieve her goal, just not in the school she originally thought.

Landry said the state board is giving the owner until Tuesday, Feb. 4, to contact them before they consider the school closed. Landry said a local salon is also working on a fundraising charity event to help students, but details are still in the works.

Click here for Lane's page