School board offers contract to McDonough attorney

Santana T. Flanigan

Santana T. Flanigan

CONYERS — The Rockdale County Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to pursue a contract with attorney Santana T. Flanigan to succeed board attorney Jack Lance, who is retiring.

Flanigan, a McDonough resident, will be offered a base salary of $140,000 a year for a minimum of 230 work days per year, plus the benefits he would be entitled to as an employee of the school system.

Flanigan currently serves as chief Municipal Court judge for the city of Stockbridge and practices law with the firm of Smith, Welch, Webb & White in McDonough. According to his resume, his duties with the firm include providing legal counsel to public school districts and private schools and other government clients. He has also practiced in the areas of family law, workers compensation and employment law, among others.

Flanigan is a graduate of Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in English and the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006. Following graduation from UGA he served as judicial law clerk in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit in Dalton.

Lance is leaving the school system after more than 31 years as board attorney. He has represented the BOE since November 1982 and has served as the school system’s full-time general counsel for the past 13 years. His last day will be June 30.

The school board voted in November 2012 to extend Lance’s contract through June 30 of this year. His total compensation at the time of the contract extension was $165,538 for 220 days of work each year. He was also paid $22,691 annually as compensation for his alternative retirement account. In addition, the school system paid for the employee portion of his premiums for health, dental and life insurance and employee contributions to the state Teachers Retirement System.

A copy of the contract offered to Flanigan was not available at presstime.