APS billed over $125,000 for Hall's legal fees

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Dr. Beverly Hall racked up more than 125-thousand in legal bills as she defended herself against the cheating scandal that engulfed the district.

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News has learned that former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall racked up more than $125,000 in legal bills in her final months on the job as the state investigation into cheating neared its conclusion.

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According to legal invoices obtained through an Open Records request made by 11Alive, the law firm Jones Day billed the school system $74,152.74 for the month of May alone.

Dr. Hall's legal bills for the months of March, April and May totalled $127,386.46.

The exhaustive state investigation into cheating in Atlanta Public Schools was reaching its climax in May of this year. State investigators would ultimately grill Dr. Hall for eight hours on May 18, trying to nail down what she knew about the widespread cheating that flourished on her watch.

Behind the scenes, Dr. Hall's legal team was doing extensive preparation for that interview as well. Jones Day billed the school system for 76.5 hours of preparation for that crucial interview. Attorneys for the firm charge clients $330 per hour. That means that preparations for that single interview cost the district $25,245.

Three attorneys accompanied Dr. Hall to the interview, billing the district for an additional $10,725.

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