After stating publicly at the Emory Lavista Parent Council meeting that she gave Ron Ramsey a promotion and a raise to run an internal legal division in order to save money on outside law firms, we now learn that Dr. Atkinson told the Grand Jury that we are actually on track to spend at least $6 million over budget on outside legal fees for FY2013.
This is from today’s Champion News:
DeKalb Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson told a DeKalb County grand jury that the school district, due to pending litigation, will be spending $6 million more than anticipated this year.
Last year, Atkinson told the grand jury that the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) accrued legal fees in excess of $3 million over its budget. She told jurors that the budget for the 2012-13 school year will need to be adjusted.
Currently, the district employs two legal teams and is involved in a lawsuit with construction firm Heery International, which has cost the district more than $30 million to date. The trial is expected to begin in February.
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