About that back rent lawsuit -- New Springs responds
Gradebook reported Monday that New Springs Schools' landlord has sued the charter operator for back rent.
The school's principal, Oguz Tekin, said this about the matter on Wednesday:
"The lawsuit is entirely without merit and will be defended vigorously. The New Springs School has never missed a required payment of rent and is well financed.
What the suit does not say is that the landlord has never completed the required renovations that would allow use of the third floor of the building for school classrooms and other programming, as required in the original lease signed in 2010. As a result, the school has been paying the landlord rent for the first and second floors only, with the third floor rent to commence once the third floor becomes usable. In fact, the school just installed a new roof on the building at its own expense because the landlord failed to do so, as required by the lease. The new roof was a necessary first step in renovating the third floor.
Appropriate counterclaims will be pursued against the landlord, which is itself being sued for breaching a contract to sell the property to a third-party. The New Springs School intends to remain in its current location and this business dispute will be resolved in the ordinary course of events."