Morris Brown Owes Faculty and Staff
ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) — Court records show that Morris Brown College, which faces possible foreclosure, has not paid some of its employees for three months.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the historically black Atlanta college owes workers hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay from an even longer period.
The school filed for bankruptcy protection this month, hoping to prevent campus buildings from being auctioned.
Court records from the bankruptcy filing show that Morris Brown is also more than $30 million in debt to at least 200 creditors.
The school’s debt includes $13 million in bonds issued in 1996 through the Fulton County Development Authority. Ann Aaronson, an attorney for Morris Brown, says the school is hoping to work out an agreement with the bondholders to resolve the debt.
Some graduates say they have been coming back to clean the school and cut the grass because nobody is being paid to do it.
According to the documents, the school also owes several utility companies, including $1.9 million to Georgia Power.
The school has had financial problems since it lost its accreditation due to financial mismanagement in 2002.