Audit reveals thousands in unaccounted spending by Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School

An audit from July 2011 to January 2013 revealed there are thousands in unaccounted spending. (1/17/14)

ROOSEVELT - An audit by the state comptroller claims a Long Island charter school isn't properly keeping track of its money.

The audit concluded that officials at Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School don't monitor how money is spent. The comptroller says there are thousands in unaccounted spending and more than $1 million in contracts awarded without competition.

The audit, done from July 2011 to January 2013, also revealed that the school gave board members unauthorized reimbursements for such things as undocumented credit card charges, food, lodging and transportation to regular board meetings.

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Critics of the system say they are not surprised about the findings because there is little oversight over charter schools' spending.

Officials say the district cuts checks to the charter school based on the number of students that attend from the area.

The comptroller says nothing it found was criminal, but changes have been recommended, including creating a committee to oversee and approve expenses.

The school's new board chairman tells News 12 Long Island that the school has already implemented recommendations contained in the state audit. 

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