ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An audit has found that a special education school in New York City overcharged taxpayers by $3 million for salaries and expenses including parties and nearly $10,000 in alcohol.

The audit released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli accuses Churchill School and Center of overbilling the state's education department between 2008 and 2011.

The audit identified $1.8 million in wrongful claims for salaries and bonuses and nearly $440,000 for food, parties and other expenses.

Churchill provides special education services for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school is private but serves public school students and submitted bills for $43 million during the audit period.

A school official disputed many of the findings, saying some of the expenses were covered by private funds.