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Fulton Superintendent Plans to Close Fulton Science Academy High

Robert Avossa today will present to the Fulton School Board an auditor's report in support of a letter of termination of the public charter school's contract he plans to send to the school.

Fulton Science Academy High School will close at the end of the school year if the Fulton School Board agrees the school's charter contract has been violated and the school must close.

Superintendent of Schools Robert Avossa is expected to ask the Fulton School Board to terminate the charter school contract with Fulton Science Academy High School in Alpharetta during a work session today.

Avossa wrote a letter dated Dec. 4 that detailed reasons for the termination recommendation, many of which mirrored reasons given when Fulton Science Academy Middle School was unable to renew its charter. This letter is part of the supporting documents posted with the Dec. 4 work session agenda for the Fulton School Board.

"This action is necessary because the FSAHS Governing Board has demonstrated insufficient governance capacity, its actions (or failure to act) have created significant financial concerns, and has demonstrated an insufficient record of accountability and legal compliance. Any one of these three failures independently would justify this action," Avossa's letter of termination, dated Dec. 4, states.

Fulton Science Academy High is in default on the joint bond issue intended to fund construction of a new school for it, Fulton Science Middle and Sunshine Academy. But no costs associated with the bond repayment are shown in the school's budget, Avossa's letter states.

Students at Fulton Science Academy High have been paying hundreds of dollars for online courses that are required courses, which is not allowed. Required courses are to be provided free of charge at any public school.

An executive summary of the audit report that identified concerns about the school identified four major concerns. This includes a failure to meet student enrollment obligations, which the summary said "endangers the school's fiscal stability and provides evidence of a lack of community support and demand for the school."

Fulton County Schools staff also said the school shows insufficient governance capacity, saying a lack of transparency identified in the school's initial charter term and renewal hasn't been remedied. The creation of actual or perceived conflicts of interest with school staff and board members being employees of Grace Institute until 2011. Even after this, the school continued to contract with services from Grace Institute.

Statements by school governing board members showed a lack of independence from the school administration and its founding board, with several board members saying it never created policies for the school. The board had no involvement in the selection of school leadership and staff, the report states.

The school failed to properly account and follow-up for student truancy, absenteeism and tardiness. Auditors were told the school had above average attendance rates, yet when records were checked, the school had an excessive number of absences and tardiness, and many instances of improperly excused absences.

The report also takes issue with the school's practice of only hiring teachers from Turkey, and paying for immigration costs for the prospective teachers and their families. The reason given for hiring only immigrants was that no qualified local teacher candidates could be found for the lower salaries. The auditors said no calculations were done by the school on how much more teachers could be paid if immigration costs were removed.

FSA MS and FSA ES Father December 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Does anyone know if the audit process has started process has started for FSA ES?
FSA MS and FSA ES Father December 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Sorry, trying to do 2 things at once... Does anyone know if the audit process has started at FSA ES?
DH December 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
My child attends the school. We are not paying for any required curriculum. In fact, we're not paying for any curriculum at all, nor has it been mentioned that we can, or could, or should. The only Turkish teacher my child has teaches her...Turkish! There was a waiting list until Fulton County's smear campaign against the FSA Schools last year, and following that, yes, enrollment declined dramatically. Of course 100% of the students who took the Fall 2012 Georgia High School Writing Test at the school passed. We parents are sick of the bullying from Avossa and the FCBoE. This exemplifies their typical modus operandi - if you can't do what's right, throw around a bunch of false allegations to cover you and then go ahead and do what isn't.
Student @FSAHS December 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I currently attend FSAHS and it is a wonderful school! I really hope that it does not shut down.
Awesome Alpharetta December 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Insufficient governance capacity and lack of transparency......sounds familiar? FSAMS
Georgia First December 05, 2012 at 05:00 AM
As a parent of two children who attended FSA Middle School I am not surprised at all that this is Avossa's next step (and not to spoil the surprise ending but FSA Elementary school will be next.) It is not only he, but the whole Fulton County School Board who is to blame for closing down excellent Charter Schools and limiting school choice for children in Fulton County. If you didn't know it was a year later you could read this article and swear it was a reprint from last year. For goodness sake at least make up some new allegations...this is getting old. When are people in this county going to get tired of elected officials, and those they appoint (don't forget there wasn't any choice last time...Avossa was the only finalist presented by the FCSB) putting education last and politics first? And as an American I am also getting really tired of the racism against Turkish teachers. The few my children had were excellent. There are not enough special ed, math and science teachers to fill the current slots in GA schools. A school administrator told me not two weeks ago, if you want to teach any of those subjects, with any undergraduate degree, they would place you today. Thankfully the Turkish science teacher we had actually had a Masters Degree in Biology...from an American University. Have you checked out the education of your child's science teacher lately? PLEASE wake up Georgia...stop drinking the cool aid.
FSA MS and FSA ES Father December 05, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Georgia First, Agree with all you say. We bailed from Fulton County Schools for our MS child when the FCBOE showed their hand about a year before they closed FSA MS . We have been looking at Private Schools for our FSA ES student since then as well. I convinced my wife to move from Fairfax County VA to GA. Wow, what a disaster this has been for the education of our children. I have lived in the South for most of my life, but the continual partisan dumbing down of our educational system in Fulton makes the traffic, taxes and boorishness of the North seem a better option than depriving my children of a good education. Hopefully we can get into the private schools we are looking at and hopefully we can afford to pay for them. Also perhaps the State can will override the FCBOE preordained decision to close FSA ES. Wouldn’t it be a huge surprise if the FCBOE and FSA ES would actually sit down and come to a solution that helped the Students?
MarkMunoz December 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Interesting you state you moved from Fairfax County VA to GA. Because reality is Gulen and his followers are done in Georgia and they have a battle against the good people of Virginia to open a charter school. There is strong and powerful opposition. Who will win? Gulencis or Amerikans? http://guleninloudoun.weebly.com/index.html
MarkMunoz December 08, 2012 at 11:15 PM
What about the process of paying back Wells Fargo the $18 million in defaulted loans? That is the bigger question that remains unseen. Stay tuned, lets see how the Gulencis can pull this one off.
MarkMunoz December 08, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Since when is seeking the truth and transparency from Hizmet a "smear campaign" why is it you are so ashamed to admitt you are followers of Hocaefendi Fethullah Mohammed Gulen? Why? If you thought he was really an outstanding human being one would think you would stand proud to proclaim your allegience to Gulen's desire to control worldwide education, media, politics, judiciary systems, commerce, military, etc., You control the youth, you can control the future. No surprise that the Gulencis have studied the Hitler Youth Movement.
MarkMunoz December 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Soon Georgia will be rid of the Gulen Movement and your education. Hopefully you will pay back the $18 million defaulted loan but at this point most Georgians would just be happy to see you go. Your next battle is in the state of Virginia where you will have the battle of your life against proud Virginians. Not looking to good for you in Virginia, Maine, Wisconsin,Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and many other states. Plain average everyday Americans are now fighting you back, as they grow tired for the wheels of the FBI and other branches of the government that are investigating you dragging along. Ardem Arici your kingpin is now in Federal prison soon the rest of the neck and brain of the movement will be gone: Alp , Hakan, Salim, Soner, and your 5 regional Tuzuk collectors. You prey on your own naive members and steal their payroll. You are bad for American economy. http://guleninloudoun.weebly.com/index.html
Bill December 09, 2012 at 07:41 AM
http://guleninloudoun.weebly.com/index.html Looks like the parents of Virginia in Loudin county are fighting back before long before the problems start. It is not a smear campaign as long as they are telling the truth. Our wings will back out the SUN. ~~ .
Bill December 09, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Gee... Bad enough in an earlier post the Gulen gang tried to divide the races with their nonsense with racial and class warfare now they seem to try to divide the North and the South again. Funny funny funny...Give it up and go home.

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