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Col. attorney charges MCSB with overspending during heated debate at Tuesday’s meeting

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A Columbus attorney took on the Muscogee County School Board on Tuesday night, accusing the board of paying their long-term legal team too much money.

News Leader 9's Curtis McCloud was at the heated debated and shared more details on what happened inside the meeting.

Columbus attorney and political advisor Frank Myers was nearly escorted out of this heated school board work session Tuesday night. Myers addressed the board, charging the school district with paying more money for legal costs than he says they should.

"The school district is paying twice the per student average for legal services compared to other school districts in this state that is acceptable," Myers said, "and that is outrageous."

Interim Superintendent John Phillips charged back, saying that after his carefully crafted research and audit by other law firms, it was found that current law firm Hatcher Stubbs was best suited to handle the urban school district of Muscogee County

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

Myers presented research that included research from 15 school districts around the state. Only two of those Bibb County in Macon and Fulton County near Atlanta had legal fees more than Muscogee County.

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