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Fulton Science Academy's Probe Disputes School System's Audit Report

The charter middle school's board of governors took issue with the school system's report.

CORRECTION: A reference to Fulton County on immigration services was reversed, and has been corrected in the copy below.

Fulton Science Academy Middle School effectively won't exist after Saturday, when its charter with the Fulton County School System expires. But its board of governors responded today, June 28, to an audit report's findings with its own investigative report.

GlassRatner, a national specialty advisory services firm headquartered in Atlanta, performed an investigation into the audit report written by IAG Forensics, and it took issue with much of the report.

"Many of the alleged findings in the IAG Report are flawed, unsupported and inaccurate and the IAG Report failed to make factual findings based on actual data and evidence," the report's summary said.

GlassRatner's report said the inaccuracies stem from:

a. Inappropriate reliance on incomplete information;
b. Failure to disclose relevant information about certain events and transactions that show the practices of FSAMS are consistent with FCS schools;
c. An apparent fundamental lack of knowledge of the difference between Student Activity Funds vs. local/state tax dollars used for international field trips and the purchase of school uniforms; and
d. The substitution of unsupported assumptions instead of factual evidence.

GlassRatner went so far as to say this "raises a concern of competence and objectivity by the audit team members including members of the FCS Internal Audit Department."

Fulton County was accused of deviating from its own internal audit process by not holding an exit conference with Fulton Science Academy. Superintendent Robert Avossa's assertion of “Poor record and bookkeeping” was directly contradicted by the findings in the IAG report, which stated the books and records were well maintained and organized using methods to maintain vendor invoices that were consistent with other FCS schools.

Auditors made assumptions about unidentified individuals who participated in international trips, calling them security risks, when asking the school would have revealed all adult participants were either teachers, parents or guardians of the children who made the trips, GlassRatner's report said.

In questioning the immigration status of individuals and the funds the school used to support teachers and their families, the IAG report ignored the Fulton School System's own policy that does the same thing. Fulton County differed in using an independent service to help the staff.

As far as the $18.9 million bond issue and its accounting, GlassRatner also said failing to hold an exit interview left the IAG report coming to the wrong conclusions. One source has said the, which would force Fulton Science Academy to repay the entire issue, including the nearly $6 million already spent on land and pre-construction work such as grading and design.

"The IAG Report findings in connection with the alleged bond issues are non-issues and were a result of the auditors’ failure to perform appropriate audit process procedures," GlassRatner's report said.

The Fulton School System has been asked for comment on this response, and this story will be updated if any is made.

MarkMunoz July 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Mark Munoz is far from 93 years old, and why would you be searching me out Umit? Because you want to attack the truth by attacking individuals? Hizmet is a sad sad group of individuals. Repressed from an early age to "guard secrets as they guard their chastity" the boys are usually seperated from the girls and they are discouraged from female contact, and encouraged to not marry until they are in their late 40's or 50's because they are to devote their life to increasing the share of power/wealth of Hizmet. The Gulencis love money, are greedy and want every dime of American tax money so they can swindle it, money launder through their various NGOs (like Grace Institute) When they get caught (and they always do) they start attacking people not the issue. They refuse to admit their lies, deception, manipulation, bribes, blackmail, intimidation. Instead it is always the other guy's fault that their group is corrupt. In their sick brainwashed minds they cannot believe that anyone in their group is wrong because they are taught being part of Cemaat they are "special" and that Gulen is some sort of prophet of love, peace and tolerance. Yet to this day, have persecuted Alevis and Kurds. Currently over 500 Kurdish children under the age of 15 are in Turkish jails, but the Gulencis somehow believe this is correct. Because they threatened or insult the fragile Turkish culture by wanting to speak Kurdish.
MarkMunoz July 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
This group is dangerous and needs to be removed from the USA. Follow what ex-FBI Turkish Translator Sibel (Deniz) Edmonds has to say "They are 100% threat to American security" or Prof. Dani Rodrik, Dr. Joshua Hendrick, Dr. Aland Mizell. Umit, you better hussle and get that private school open before your landlord comes with a court order to vacate their property. oops sorry hope I didn't break your fragile ego, I would hate to be thrown in jail for that. As Ahmet Sik stated (jailed journalist) "If you touch it you burn"
Colleen M. July 31, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Wow Mark,.did a Turk whoop your tail when you were in school? I would love to hear your information, but the venom in your tone makes you sound like a raging racist not worth listening to... You sound very bitter
MarkMunoz July 31, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Wow Colleen, you know that us Lighthouse schools we don't fight. We learn love, tolerance and dialogue. If you want to push blame onto others, I will be your fall guy if that makes you happy. You can even blame Wells Fargo for them defaulting and foreclosing on you because YOU didn't pay the money back. Whatever makes you happy. But a little advice here, if you were to assume your own responsibility and accountability for financial mismanagement you might be able to hold your head up in Alpharetta, GA instead of calling names, putting on labels to those that want you to be truthful. Incidently Turkish is not a race my brother it is an ethnicity that is mixed with Central Asian, and other ethnic groups. Think about that the next time you teach a Turkocentric brand of curriculum and fire American teachers to make room for more h1-b Visa teachers. Now who is prejudice? Think about all those EEOC cases that you are having to settle, then you can say "Wow" and look in the mirror. Did you hear about your other "Gulen Inspired' school that was audited? Wow Colleen you and the other brothers are becomming legendary. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Harmony-schools-misspent-funds-3747674.php
Pam Broadwell October 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM
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