SAN JOSE -- A financially troubled San Jose vocational college is expected to reopen Wednesday, two days after sheriff's deputies slapped eviction notices on the office and classrooms at Bryman College on South Winchester Boulevard.
Students of the school that specializes in health care courses found it shuttered Tuesday, and an attorney for the college's landlord told this newspaper the school was $82,000 behind on rent.
But the college's president Sam Shirazi said Tuesday evening that classes would resume Wednesday. "It's business as usual," he said. "We just had a dispute. It's all taken care of."
Mark Carlquist, an attorney who represents the landlord Winchester Payne, confirmed late Tuesday afternoon the company was working toward a resolution to allow Bryman to reopen.
Some tenants that share the building at 1245 South Winchester Blvd. said students came for class as usual Monday morning, but shortly after lunch sheriff's deputies posted eviction and no trespassing notices on Bryman's offices and classrooms.
San Jose-based BioHealth College runs Bryman College and has a history of financial problems, according to court records. Its website says the school had less than 500 students in 2011 and offered career courses for medical and dental assistants.
Bryman graduate Rikki Cuevedo said she's not surprised the school is having problems. In 2006, Cuevedo enrolled in an eight-month-long program to become a medical assistant. She said at least twice, students were sent home because the building had no electricity. Cuevedo, 31, also said the school did not keep its promise to help her find a job.
Carlquist said San Jose-based commercial property company Winchester Payne, which owns the building, filed a complaint against BioHealth in February seeking overdue lease payments, but the school failed over months of negotiations to pay the bill.
After another deadline passed Monday, Carlquist said, sheriff's deputies returned with a second round of eviction notices.
"We were trying to work with them," Carlquist said. "We recognize that this is a school with students who I am assuming have paid tuition."
Records filed by BioHealth with the California Secretary of State show the company was incorporated in 2004.
From 2005 through 2012, records show the company was hit by a series of federal, state or county tax liens, but several of the liens have been paid.
Mercury News Research Director Leigh Poitinger also contributed to this story.
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