Beauty School Shut Down, Students Wondering About Future | News
LAS VEGAS -- Students have been left to wonder where to turn, after their cosmetology school suddenly shut down.
Just days after the beauty school closed its doors, the owner took his own life. Now, 8 News NOW is learning more about the closure and financial problems of owner Gary Waysack.
Waysack had built quite a name for himself since he moved to Las Vegas from his native Ohio more than 30 years ago.
He was a hairstylist who went on to open several beauty salons along with a cosmetology school near Summerlin.
However, now nearly three weeks after authorities say Waysack jumped to his death at Red Rock Canyon, his money problems are coming to light and the problems are also hurting the students he left behind.
Annisa Owens dreams of becoming an aesthetician, but her dream came to a halt a few weeks ago, when she found out her school Destination Academy was abruptly shut down.
Owens was not alone, more than 100 students found themselves locked out of the building near Hualapai Way and Flamingo Road on Jan. 28.
8 News NOW reached out to the property management company, Virtus Commercial, who told us that Waysack had been behind on his rent for years, and the company had no choice but to close the doors.
"I can understand the panic that goes through their mind," the director of the Nevada Board of Cosmetology Gary Landry said.
Landry says prior to Destination Academy shutting down, he had not received any reports or complaints of financial troubles. His office was able to contact all the students and is helping to refer them to other schools.
Landry admits there is little that can be done when it comes to getting the students' tuition reimbursed, which can ran as high as $20,000.
"Unfortunately, complaints about the contract and complaints we have with the school, we can't step in the middle of that private contract between them," Landry said.
Owens says looking back she did see signs of financial problems at the school.
"We didn't have kits. We didn't have our books. We were working with supplies that were mediocre," Owens said.
Now, Owens is looking forward to completing her training at another school. She also wishes things had turned out differently for Waysack.
"I felt really bad for him that the thought of financial issue was more important than his life," Owens said.
Former students at Destination Academy are asked to contact the Nevada cosmetology board with any questions or concerns, go to cosmetology.nv.gov/