Fulton Science Academy MS Audit Reveals Many Problems

An audit prepared for the Fulton School System shows conflicts of interest, lack of safety procedures for students on international rips, immigration issues and poor bookkeeping.

An audit of Fulton Science Academy Middle School raised enough questions that the Fulton Superintendent of Schools is planning audits of its sister schools, Fulton Sunshine Academy in Roswell and Fulton Science Academy High School.

Superintendent Robert Avossa presented the audit report to the Fulton School Board today, June 5, telling board members this summer they need to discuss how to proceed with relations among all county charter schools.

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Avossa said in his presentation and a letter to the board that the audit of the school–which remains a Fulton charter school until June 30, 2012–raises several concerns, including:

  1. Inappropriate vendor relationships, self-dealing, and conflicts of interest
  2. Concerns regarding the $19 million construction bond
  3. Lack of appropriate safety procedures for students during international field trips
  4. Poor security practices related to background criminal checks for staff
  5. Federal immigration issues related to staff
  6. Poor record and bookkeeping
  7. The lack of cooperation by FSAMS with the audit

Prior relationships with Grace Institute, which Principal Kenan Sener and Executive Director Ali Ozer had been board members, were cited as a problem. And the school's govering council's failure to advertise for bids when it again contracted with the company in Fall 2011 was another problem.

The payment of immigration services for spouses and employees of the elementary and high schools without compensation from them was another problem cited.

"How did this happen?" asked Catherine Maddox, the District 6 board member. "Over time, they've been a charter in Fulton for 10 years, and this is really just a snapshot of the last couple of years. How did this oversight happen or not happen?"

Avossa said the primary responsibility for oversight for all charter schools lies in the governing councils at these schools.

"That's why the conflict of interest is so critical. The very people responsible for overseeing these items have been shown to be in conflict of interest time and time again in this audit," the superintendent said. While the Fulton School Board can do things to mitigate the problems, "the real accountability lies at the local governance council. That's a primary concern."

Terry June 06, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Wow, is this audit supposed to be professionally done? It has student names listed in it - that's a HUGE violation of privacy. Also, the last page names vendors but there is no explanation of how they are vendors or how most of them are connected. More than half aren't actually "vendors" to the school at all. Even I could put up a flow chart and say Bush and Obama were "connected" - does that mean they agree or even like each other? Saying the school is connected to Gulen because the principal wrote an article for a magazine (not provided in this document I might add) that might be connected to Gulen is shady logic at best. I do also happen to know there are some very erroneous information in there - the auditors didn't even label some students/parents properly - and these guys call themselves professional auditors? Ask someone at the school, get information correct...geez...
Rachel June 08, 2012 at 10:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HxwT5ORO0Q Please check this link!
Kim D June 14, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Why are you still publishing the student names in this audit after you have been told numerous times that it is inappropriate?
Christine Foster June 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
The PDF has now been replaced with a new audit - omitting student names - recently sent by Fulton County Schools to Patch.


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