|Updated: 8/09/2013 5:22 pm
||Published: 8/09/2013 5:21 pm
Parents in north Tulsa are looking for a new school after the County Club Gardens Head Start Program was left without a building.
Parents and workers were surprised when they showed up at the building on Thursday and found the doors locked.
Shameeka Carter is happy with her daughter's progress since she started the early head start program at Country Club Gardens.
"She's starting to pick up on a lot more things like sounds and being around other kids," she said.
Martin was in disbelief when she showed up and couldn't get in.
"I mean I couldn't do anything but leave. Of course, I don't want the school to be closed," she said.
The director of the federally funded program, Kim Rice, said it's said it's come to this, especially since it's over money.
The director said the landlord is asking for a large increase in rent.
“And we are in budget cuts because of sequestration and it's very hard for us to pay that," she said.
FOX23 tracked down the company who owns the property, Interstate Realty Management in New Jersey.
The vise president told FOX23 they didn't want to lock the doors, but Head Start wasn't moving out, so they had to take matters into their own hands.
She said: "It is our duty as the landlord to ensure that a tenant who uses that building, especially one that offers programs for children, is licensed, bonded, insured and properly following the lease agreement."
A lease agreement the Head Start program no longer has, leaving teachers without jobs and 60 students with nowhere to go.
The program hopes to have a new location or have the contract worked out here by Aug. 22 when all kids come back to school.