The Leon County School Board recently approved entering into an interim agreement with Pittman Law Group for legal services. Under the contract, the school board will pay Pittman Law Group a monthly retainer of $6,666.66, not including any additional legal costs.
The board previously worked with Ausley McMullen Attorneys and Counselors at Law, but the board’s attorney Opal McKinney-Williams announced last year that she was leaving the Ausley McMullen firm to join Pittman Law Group.
The contract will cover the time period from Jan. 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021, allowing McKinney-Williams to remain the school board’s attorney as the board searches for a replacement.
According to the contract, the board’s attorney is not an employee of the school board but rather an independent contractor. In searching for a replacement, the board could choose to hire an “in-house” attorney, continue to contract with a law firm or come up with a combination of the two.
The board’s attorney is responsible for giving legal advice on issues including contracts, disciplinary action against district employees and students, legislation impacting the district and more.