ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An audit released Tuesday shows an academically acclaimed Alpharetta charter school spent taxpayer money to hire workers from overseas, run international field trips without proper supervision and gave business to a related non-profit organization.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the audit, ordered by Fulton County Public Schools, questions management and financial decisions by leaders of the Fulton Science Academy Middle School, one of about 130 charter schools with ties to Turkish imam and educational leader M. Fetullah Gulen.
According to the audit, the school spent nearly $75,000 to hire about 20 percent of staff from foreign countries, mainly Turkey. The audit also discusses improprieties related to field trips to Turkey in 2011 and 2012.
Auditors also reported finding "numerous inter-relations between the school, its vendors and other interested parties."