An outside audit of a noted charter middle school in Alpharetta found contracts awarded without the competitive bidding process, conflicts of interest, co-mingling of funds, the hiring of Turkish citizens for staff positions for which there were qualified Georgians, payment of visas for family members of staff, payment of airline tickets for staff to return to Turkey for long summer visits and a lack of background checks on staff members who accompanied students to Turkey.
In a 90-minute meeting with the AJC, Fulton school chief Robert Avossa said the audit of the Fulton Science Academy Middle School represented the most “egregious” problem he had ever encountered in his 20 year career in education.
“I am not the lawyer, but when you look at this, look at the facts, it is wrong. We don’t do self dealing. We don’t take kids on field trips without proper vetting,” he said.
School officials received a copy of the audit early Tuesday but said they would withhold comment until