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Second state agency joins inquiry into Seton Academy

Second state agency joins inquiry into Seton Academy

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By: Melissa Randall

mrandall@abc6.com

Two days after an independent school in Fall River closed without warning amid an investigation by the Attorney General's offices a second state agency has joined the inquiry.

It was no secret that the cash strapped Seton Academy had plans to close for good in June, but on Wednesday, out of the blue, the school shut down half a month early.

Prior to the building being shuttered the Attorney General's Office launched an investigation into the school. Now the  Herald News is reporting that the state's Executive Office of Labor is now assisting with the inquiry.

Neither office would not confirm the nature of the investigation, but in 2013 Seton Academy was cited for owing nearly $50,000 dollars in back wages.

Parents say the financial troubles were so bad that teachers weren't being paid. They tell ABC6 News that a note was sent home saying the educators would instead be volunteering their time.

The AG's Office says they were alerted to a potential problem after receiving complaints from parents. While the officials requested information a spokesperson for the AG says their office never ordered the closure of Seton Academy. That was a decision made by the school.

State officials are working to coordinate with Fall River public schools to help place the students.

A spokesperson for the AG's office says they have been in touch with the district to get transcripts released to them.

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