COBB COUNTY, GA — The Cobb County Board of Education voted to end its contract with the district’s longtime law firm last week, with no discussion about the reasons why.
The board voted 4-3 at its meeting last Thursday to end the district’s contract with law firm Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, with board members Charisse Davis, Jaha Howard and Leroy “Tre” Hutchins voting in opposition.
There was no discussion during the meeting about why the board decided to send the letter of termination to the law firm. Howard asked if there would be any discussion, but Board Chair Randy Scamihorn said no.
“That’s why we had an executive session so we wouldn’t be inadvertently into sensitive areas,” Scamihorn said to Howard during the meeting. “It was deliberate because we discussed several areas that were sensitive [in executive session].”
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, who filed an open records request with the district, Cobb Schools paid the law firm more than $7 million over the last three years.
Additionally, the MDJ asked for the contract between the law firm and the school district. But Cobb Schools’ open records department told the MDJ that the district “was not able to locate any contracts” with the firm for more details.
Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said it’s up to the school board to determine if it wants to implement a formal contract.
The district has 12 months to find a permanent legal counsel replacement. The board voted 6-1 in a special called meeting last Saturday to hire Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as interim counsel in the meantime.
Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers provides legal services to the DeKalb County School District and Marietta City Schools.