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.

Truthseeker July 03, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Joseph O'Reilly (a great American sounding psudonym), Between 2001 and 2011 Fulton County schools applied for 39 H1B visa's. FSA applied for 35 H1B visa's. In terms of numbers it shows a disproportionate number of teachers coming from Turkey at FSA. Who assesses the qualifications and deems these people from Turkey are " high quality teachers"? If Turkey was so exceptional in it's academic prowess, why is it still a second rate country in 2012? Why are Gulen schools responsible for 31.5% of all H1B visa's in the US? http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com/2010/07/gulen-schools-and-their-booming-h1b.html From article: "When averaged, seven of the top-20 largest school districts in the country submitted one H1B visa application for every 6.2 schools. The average number of visa applications for the Gulen schools was 13.5 H1B visa applications per school!" FSA far exceeds even that average. Are you insinuating that among the thousands of American teachers looking for jobs in this economy there aren't any qualified here and only Turkey can supply American taxpayers with "high quality teachers." A word of advice, move on. FSA isn't going to get it's taxpayer funded charter back. Hopefully the other 2 will soon follow. Spend your time trying to convince parents to pay $8,500 for the "high quality" Turkish teachers.
Bill July 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
High quaility teachers my left foot. Turkey has the lowest educational standards in the world. Fulton Scince Academy as well as the other Gulen charter schools are nit intrested in finding good quaility teachers. For if they were they would not advertise for these in places like craigslist. The school is a front to glve certain Gulenites a green card. Lets seee how this is done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr8YEIdvatw
Bill July 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
As far as using tzx dollars for noneducational expences laike paying immagrations fees is ILEGAL!! Fulton's sister school in Ohio got into hot water over paying immagration fees. In severasl cases it was even found they had Turks on the payroll who never set foot on the school ground. He was back in Turkey collected a paycheck for doing nothing. The school in Ohiohad to pay back those immigration fees. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w2A0sVUpVs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w2A0sVUpVs
Bill July 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
As we all know the Gulnites do push some of the kids in to a career of political Science. Are these the kinds of laws they wish to influence in this country? Do not forget Fulton's connection to the Harmony School of Political Science in Texas http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-03/turkish-reporter-sik-charged-for-insult-on-release-from-prison.html The same freedoms the Gulenites abuse here in America like dogging public officials who critisize them can get you seven years in Turkey. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-03/turkish-reporter-sik-charged-for-insult-on-release-from-prison.html I think I can make my point here with this example. http://goosenetwork.tumblr.com/post/4929483458/an-ignorant-goose-member Creepy cult like behavior at its finest.
Bill July 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Didn't this guy give a bunch of money to Fulton Science Academy??....Tell Avici not to get to cozy in his new residence...He has company coming... http://www.tribecatrib.com/news/2012/july/1306_amish-market-owner-languishes-in-jail-for-alleged-business-dealings-in-cuba.html He gave Fulton 332,000 but forgave half of it...You organised crime types are so generous. :) After all it wasn't his money in the first place. Just washed up back and forth up and down until it found its own way back to Fulton Science Academy. Who does he think he is Billy Bathgate? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeR8ElokTvA&feature=related I see the Rats are snitching on each other now...
Bill July 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Another Gulen Charter School in Utah the :investors" who loaned money to Beehive Science Academy also forgiven loans "Non Interest Bearing Loans" The same happened in Ohio. Charitable guys are a smooth way to wash the money?
Bill July 05, 2012 at 12:43 AM
if you guys cannot pay your brothers back then I know you are not going to pay back the bank? Other questionable resources of money that is not accounted for? Oh where oh where has it all gone? http://gulencharterschools.weebly.com/uploads/4/5/1/3/4513391/letter_from_the_lender.pdf
MarkMunoz July 12, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The Feds have one of their BIG Rats in Federal prison. Seems Ardici was trying to set up businesses in Cuba. Under the "dealing with the enemy act" he was caught and his attorney is also in Jail. Ardici who own markets in NY, admits he was sent to Cuba by a "religious group" http://www.tribecatrib.com/news/2012/july/1306_amish-market-owner-languishes-in-jail-for-alleged-business-dealings-in-cuba.html Ironically, Ardici was President of Gulen non profit (Sema Foundation) which loaned the NOW CLOSED Fulton Science Academy in Georgia over $300,000. THere is a letter on CASILIPS web site from Sema Foundation to Fulton Science Academy forgiving them 1/2 of the loan amount. The Sema Foundation has also contributed big money to political campaigns. To Clinton they gave $5,000 , afterwards her husband Former President Clinton makes a video promoting Turkey and AMerican friendship. Barf. The feds are circling in on the rats and have the big rat in Federal Prison that is singing like a coward canary, see additional information here: http://gulencharterschools.weebly.com/financial-links-between-charter-schools-and-gulen-movement-ctd.html Remember "I have the wire transfers to prove it" keep singing. AND you wonder why the Feds paid a visit to Georgia?
Emma July 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Julie, I completely agree! in fact, Linda Schult is up for re-election on July 31st. I think Fulton County residents, whether they have children in school or not, should go out and vote for the person running against her. She, obviously, does not have the best interest of the students of Fulton County in mind when she makes any decisions. And rememer, it was OUR Fulton County Board members who chose Robert Avossa as superintendent. He is not an elected official, but the board members are. Let's make our voices heard and make some changes on the Fulton County school board on July 31st!
Emma July 15, 2012 at 06:46 PM
To MarkMunoz who said "So now the Gulenists are pushing their own politicians into places of power so they can continue their path of robbing the taxpayer? This isn't the first time your puppet politicians have failied after you pumped thousands into their campaign. More money intended for children's education ill spent." Do you really think Rob Goodman is Turkish or working for the Turkish government? No, if you take a moment to look at his web page, he is just a supporter of school choice. Should I really be limited to either sending my children to a school where there is no discipline or to a private school? I should have options and the opportunity to decide for myself what is the best school for my children. And I should not have to use their college funds to pay for private school. Fulton County has the responsibility to provide a safe and successful education for all children. So far, the superintendent nor the school board seem to be able to do this. Let's replace the school board and the superintendent with people who really care about what's best for our children! Vote on July 31st!
MarkMunoz July 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
To Emma; It is no secret that this group lobbies heavily with local academia, politicians and media (failing) their contributions to local campaigns across the USA is obscene. Not only campaign contributions $$ but trips to Turkey and fake awards for whatever. In Georgia you handed out more awards for their contribution to education but it still didn't work for your school did it? This is not a big secret the amount of money given to politicians by this group. Too bad it never affords them any sort of favoritism. Especially that $25,000 your friends tried to pay to school executive in Louisana (Folwell Dunbar) shame on you. The next step in your agenda is suing the school districts. Chesapeak Sciene Point in Maryland is suing the Anne Arundal County because they believe they should not have to operate according to American law. In Texas, they are joining with the Texas Charter Association to get their hands on public school's facility construction money. There is rumors that FSA will try to sue Fulton County and the failed Knoxville Charter Academy is desperate to have a meeting with the STate of Tennessee on July 23rd, no doubt with a paid legal counsel that is just there to steal more taxpayers money and again............no results. Where are you Emma? Your school is still no farther ahead. If other parents have to pay a private tuition what makes you think you should not have to? http://www.gulenpoliticians.blogspot.com
MarkMunoz July 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oN4NVoIEDfE just a small sampling of ex-politiicans and soon to be ex politiicans who have taken bribes, awards, free trips from the membes of Hizmet. Thank you Hizmet for helping America to identify corrupt politicians.
MarkMunoz July 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Julie pitches and Emma hits, is that how it is set up? Emma or Ahmet whatever your name is. Can non-American citizen's vote? Make sure you check on that. So now you are trying the old AKP game of get rid of the opposition by supporting those that run against them? It will backfire on you. Dr. Avossa and the board had the American Taxpayer's best interest when they assisted the FBI with their investigation. Your money laundering goes all the way to Sema Foundation and Federal Prisoner Ardem Arcici who loaned Fulton Science Academy money. Rob Goodman doesn't have a chance, neither do the other candidates you are trying to push with American Tax money. AND it certainly won't change the outcome of your failed school. You are closed and will never re- open as a Charter School. With your latest actions and behaviors.....why would any parent want to pay $8,500 to send their kid to a school with so much drama and controversy. They never know when the next scandal will happen with you. Fulton County BOE allowed Fulton Science Academy to continue it's stinky low class operation for over 10 years. Knowing full well they had financial mismanagement issues and problems of co mingling of funds. Unethical to the core. Releasing student's names was also very low of them. Then playing victim -- Bottom line, your school will be lucky to gain any kind of credibility as a private school. But if you keep up the behavior, it probably will be a school everyone will avoid
MarkMunoz July 15, 2012 at 07:55 PM
No Emma, Goodman isn't Turkish but it will probably come out that much of his campaign money is from "Turkish" groups and individuals. Unless of course he is Americanizing his name as many of your teachers are. For instance fellow Gulencis Engin Karatas (Kara =black tax=stone) is now going by the name of Engin Blackstone in an attempt to cover the tracks of his background. He did work at your sister schools in Ohio, then was promoted (giggle snicker) to the Quest Academy in Peoria, IL as the principal. Did he legaly change his name with the school disrict? Isnt' it a bit strange that someone who is trying to hide their tracks with a new name has not registered this with the school district?
Matt M July 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Mark, Truthseeker, and Bill: HOW DARE YOU? You all have absolutely NO right to be complaining about our amazing school. The fact that you are jealous of MY education is downright sad. I can assure you that I am an American Jew, and I have never, EVER, been forced or even asked to convert to the Muslim religion. My teacher accepted who I was. The language I PROUDLY took was Turkish and I even participated in Turkish Olympiad every Friday and sometimes Saturdays. I also attended Hebrew School every Tuesday and Sunday. So I dont have any tolerance for all of you saying that anyone who supports FSA is Turkish pretending to be American. You have never read the audit and I am sure all three of you don't even live in the Alpharetta area. If you actaully did some REAL research you would find out that FSA has absolutely no money issues and has been completely honest for the last 10 years and will stay honest for the next 10 years. If you don't believe me or who I am, that is completely your fault. Because of people like you, the best three years of my life won't be available for free anymore. Also, please explain why FSAMS is now ranked the #2 middle school in the entire state, yet FCSS dropped 10 SPOTS AS A COUNTY TO 54TH. Is fsa the problem, or is it the county? I bet you can tell who I'm supporting.
MarkMunoz July 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Hope you can use your Kolbasti in college.
MarkMunoz July 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
#1 Your school had problems from the get go, finances and a tyrannic principal. county was very patient and supportive. #2 FSA owes Wells Fargo over $19 million and soon you will be foreclosed on. #3 SHAME ON YOU acting like a Yahudi, when you know how they feel about us. The truth already came out about FSA, there is no more debating it because you are no longer part of the public school system. If you are the GREAT school you claim you are. Being a private school should pose no problem for you. With the few remaining loyal parents that don't see or want to see beyond their kid getting good grades, and all of these medals, awards yada yada from the Gulen sponsored contests like the Turkish Olympiad. So sorry, they haven't caught on like the majority have. Move on. Settle your debt and change the name of your school. Good advice, you should take it before the audit of your other 2 schools.
Matt M July 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I actually participated in the folk dance category and our team won :) And I do believe that Turkish Olympiad, Model UN, Tech Fair, Chess Team, Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, and Odyssey of the Mind are not a part of the "Gulen Movement" and are even national and international competitions. I have one question for you and I want you to answer this: What do you have against the Turkish Culture? We are like any other school that offers a foreign language. Do you have anything against people that take French or Japanese, what about German? The Turkish language isnt any different and I am in your disgust with your attitude to the country. Go and visit it sometime, it's a very modern country and as absolutely beautiful. Have some dignity and stop being racist.
Matt M July 22, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Also, have you read the response to the audit? The $19 million so-called "missing" is actually right in front of your face. Stop saying the same thing over and over and over in every single comment because it is getting you no where.
Bill July 22, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Did you also [participate in the Whirling Derivish? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfcmV7n7f0M
Bill July 22, 2012 at 08:18 AM
People need to understand that -- despite the fact that the Gulenists perpetually claim that the schools across the country aren't connected to each other in any way -- the truth of the matter is that the Gulenists are highly organized and have formally divided our country into six regions for their organizational purposes. One demonstration of this is how they have their students from their schools in each of the regions participate in the exact same type of event. These sites have images of promotional posters, etc. Northeast region http://www.turkishcontest.com/ Mid-Atlantic region http://turkisholympiad.us/olimp/ Midwest region http://www.tascweb.org/en/2012-midwest-turkish-language-olympiad/ Southeast region http://www.seturkisholympiad.org/ Southwest region http://turkisholympiad.com/ Western region www.turkishlanguage.us
MarkMunoz July 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Matt; As you know there was also a federal investigation because of the link of the school to the Sema Foundation and it's past president Ardem. Unfortunately he sits in federal prison singing like a canary and providing the wire transfers, including the money laundered to Fulton Science Academy. Even though one of your brethren forgave the loan....Wells Fargo will not. FSA is no better than any other school, just because Kenar et al have been able to freely advertise and profess the school to be something that it is not doesn't make it truth. With all the lying about finances to the American people your school and it's "owners" are hardly in a position to be demanding anything.
Matt M July 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Bill, i have never done whirling derivish. And Mark, how about you read what I wrote and ANSWER MY QUESTION?
MarkMunoz July 22, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Matt/Umit: Why yes, of course I did read your paid for "audit of the audit" (yawn) and frankly it is biased and unspecific. This is just more desperate attempts to try and salvage something that you cannot. Sorry but it isn't going to work. Try focusing on the things I suggested to you if you really want to continue staying in Alpharetta or the USA. Your post is interesting, first you sound like a student, then a parent, then one of the administrators.. Shortly you degress into sounding like a member of Hizment. No one has problems figuring out these connections because you are so predictable. Your schools have all the same curriculum, Turkocentric actions and behaviors, large emphasis on being perceived as "award winning" but majority of awards are contrived, or from Gulen NGO sponsored events: Turkish Olympiad (the same worldwide and a Gulen event) Science Olympiad, CONSEF, I-Sweep, Genius, Math Counts and more. I hear that a member of TUSKON actually prints up the awards, medals and trophies. Run along before the other 2 schools are audited. Otherwise file a lawsuit like your other schools, because Fulton County BOE is not obligated to answer to you. Because you are simply insignificant.
Matt M July 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Let me begin by saying my English name is Matthew and my only other name is in Hebrew. So thank you very much for assuming im turkish just because I support fsa. I dont live in Alpharetta. I live in Roswell. And according to white pages, the only Mark Munoz that lives in Alpharetta is 93 years old. So why dont you tell us who you are and why you hate Turkey and its culture so much?
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
Website: www.fultonscienceacademy.org Twitter: www.twitter.com/FSAPrivate FSAConnect: http://fsaconnect.fultonscienceacademy.org/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FultonScienceAcademyPrivateSchool Official Blog: http://fultonscienceacademyprivateschool.blogspot.com/ FSA Tech Fair: http://www.fultonscienceacademy.org/techfair


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