CSB School of Broadcasting reopened its 26 campuses, including its campus in Needham, this week to allow students to finish the classes they were taking after the school had closed its doors suddenly earlier this month.
CSB School of Broadcasting reopened its 26 campuses, including the one in Needham, this week to allow students to finish the classes they were taking when the school closed its doors suddenly on March 4.
CSB filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in Boston bankruptcy court earlier this month and suspended all classes without warning to students and teachers. CSB, which has campuses in 16 states, blamed an uncooperative lender for the forced shutdown.
CSB was based at 2 Adams Place in Quincy at the time of the shutdown, and is now being run out of a bankruptcy trustee’s office in Boston.
On March 19, the bankruptcy court approved a motion allowing the bankruptcy trustee to operate the school – which is also known by its original name, the Connecticut School of Broadcasting – for a limited time so students can finish their coursework. However, CSB is not starting its new courses that were scheduled to begin on Monday.
CSB President David Banner said CSB officials are working with the bankruptcy trustee to sell the school’s assets in a way that would allow CSB to continue operating. Banner, who had planned to talk with the school’s students via a videoconference on Thursday, said a final decision on a sale could occur within the next 10 days.
“There have been several people that have expressed a pretty strong interest in acquiring CSB,” Banner said. “If that happens, then CSB will continue to live on for a very long time.”
Banner said nearly 400 students nationwide were affected by the closure. In Needham, 12 students were allowed to resume their twice-weekly night classes in a course that will end on April 9.
The school’s founder, broadcasting veteran Dick Robinson, has said he wants to work with his children to open a new broadcasting school at the site of the school’s Farmington, Conn., campus after he learned of the sudden closure. Robinson, who founded the school in 1964, sold the business to an investor group led by an affiliate of Credit Suisse in 2006. The school’s new operators moved the headquarters from Connecticut to the Boston area after the sale.
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