TEA: Charter School Must Repay Misused Funds

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A College Station charter school is in hot water with the Texas Education Agency.

Auditors have been looking into the financial activity at the Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity since last summer.

They focused their attention on possible misappropriation of state and federal dollars.

The school has four campuses, this one in College Station, and three in Houston.

The TEA found the charter school over paid its superintendent and board president a total of more than a quarter of a million dollars over a two year period from 2002 to 2004.

A final report released Wednesday sent to the school by the TEA also states trips, meals, gasoline, and cell phones not related to school activity were paid for with public funds.

Based on the TEA's findings, they say the leadership of the school did not use public funds on services and activities that directly benefited the charter school's students.

In all, the TEA auditors are ordering the school leadership to reimburse the school nearly $300 thousand.

Superintendent, and school founder Robert Slater said he hadn't had time to review the report.

He said he'll do everything necessary to resolve the situation so the school can continue to help students.