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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.

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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