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Muscogee County School Board facing criticism surrounding tax payer money

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Allegations surfaced during Tuesday nights board work session involving the use of tax payer money.

"I'm not the enemy and I'm not the bad guy. But in the same breath I want this board to understand that I will not be silenced, I will not be intimidated, I will not be bullied and I am not going away," said local attorney and political consultant Frank Myers.

He said he has done extensive research which supports his allegation that the school district is paying more than twice as much per student in legal fees compared to a number of other school districts in the state.

"It is past time someone stood up for the students, parents and teachers and bring some sanity to the inner workings of this school board," add Myers.

Myer's presented his research to the board. Included in the packet was a breakdown of the legal expenses for 15 different districts in the Peach state. The graph showed Muscogee County ranking third in most expensive fees.

"People need to be aware that the kids don't have the paper and pencils they need, they don't have enough books, they're having to pay to participate in sports while we are paying lawyers double what we should be," said Myers.

However, interim Superintendent Dr. John Phillips stood firm behind his decision to support the district's current law firm.

"It's very important that we have a good relationship with them, a good working relationship with them and we've had that for 65 years," said Phillips.

Phillips added that representing a school district requires specialized law, so to him, the fee matches the quality of the firms representation.

"I'm sure we could find some attorneys that yes would be cheaper and ill guarantee you the service and the expertise wont be what we have today."

However, Myers said in house legal counsel will provide the same quality of coverage for the district, but at fraction of the price.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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