Despite holding fundraisers a few months ago in order to raise money for the academy, the doors and website for the couple’s school are officially closed according to Showbiz 411.
Tony Ortega reported on his site last week that he’d confirmed with several sources that institution was indeed closed.
From start the school was met with criticism based on its use of Scientology in its curriculum and having a headmistress as well as the majority of staff and board of directors who were major scientologists.
According to GuideStar.org, the non-profit institution hadn’t filed a (public information) Form 990 for 2012 and the school chief Franca Campopiano, an avowed Scientologist, was making $200,000 a year.
On the website WhyWeProtest.org, an anonymous former parent wrote: “This horrific institution has CLOSED! The star founders should be ashamed of the lies propagated by the unethical staff.”
Fellow scientologist John Travolta donated money towards the school from the charitable fund he started in his late son Jett’s memory.
Because New Village did not file for 2012 there financial stability was not determined before closing or where the money went. But in 2011, they claimed net assets of negative $284,931 and liabilities of $1,235,154.
Showbiz411 posits that the shut down must have been sudden. The site points out that on April 29th, New Village ran a week long fundraising auction on ebay. Some of the items included Will Smith’s suit from “Men in Black,” a Yamaha motorcycle owned by Jada, and a training session with Sugar Ray Leonard.