So it continues. Today's AJC is reporting that our school system has agreed to pay up to $100,000 for Pat (Pope) Reid's legal fees. $100,000 would pay for almost two teachers (with benefits) or three paras (100 paras were cut from last year's budget—people who work directly with children every single day at very low pay.)
DeKalb schools to hire another law firm
Gary Freed, of Atlanta firm RobbinsFreed, said Monday that he filed an appearance with the court to represent former chief operating officer Patricia Reid. Freed said the school board was expected to approve his contract Monday night, but are now citing a possible conflict of interest.
District spokesman Jeff Dickerson said the board will hire a firm on Monday, but legal fees will be capped at $100,000.
This will be the fourth law firm the DeKalb school board has hired to help with the suit. Heery sued the district in 2007, alleging breach of contract. The district filed a counter-suit for $100 million, alleging fraud and mismanagement of school construction projects. The school system has already paid $15.5 million in legal fees in the case.
Reid was indicted last year on charges she ran a criminal enterprise at the school system.