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Board considers curbing public comments

By Wendy K. Kleinman Published: September 13, 2008
Public comments may be fewer after Monday's meeting of the Oklahoma City School Board.

Board members will discuss and vote on a proposal to restrict personnel comments.

The district already prohibits people from publicly airing complaints against employees in compliance with state and federal laws.

But Kirk Humphreys said at the Sept. 2 meeting, his first as board chairman, that he thinks any personnel-related comment is out of order at such a public meeting.

The new policy would not allow comments on issues subject to collective bargaining, pending lawsuits or complaints involving the district or employees, complaints against individual employees, employee disciplinary action, or pupil suspension or appeal.

Several parents who were at the Sept. 2 meeting said they do not want public comments restricted.

Communication system to be discussed
Also on Monday's agenda is a recommendation to buy a rapid parent-staff communications system called "AlertNow” from Saf-T-Net.

The agenda says the system is easy to use with a helpline available 24 hours a day year-round. The cost is not to exceed $80,000.

The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the administration building, 900 N Klein.

Read the agenda for the Oklahoma City Public Schools...

Regents appoint interim president
The Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges announced an interim president for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College at a meeting Friday in Stillwater.

Tom Poole is the current vice president for fiscal affairs for the Miami college.

Poole will take over as interim president on Oct. 1.

Poole will replace Glenn Mayle, who stepped down after being president since January 1998.

"Tom has been a respected leader at NEO for 26 years,” Mayle said. "He will be a natural fit to fill the position as interim president.”

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