Dates set for House interim study of OSSAA
Details are beginning to emerge in the legislative interim study to investigate the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne, announced Wednesday that the study will be held all day Sept. 17 and the mornings of Sept. 24 and Oct. 3.
The purpose of the study is to look at three areas within the OSSAA: the appeals process, finances and cost of the schools for the OSSAA and the benefits they provide, and transparency of the organization.
“I think it's extremely important, that like we would take on any other issue and any of these other areas, that we at least have the opportunity to look at it,” Rep. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, said. “If there's no problems when this is over with, we will come to that conclusion. If there's things that we can make improvements in, that's what we're going to do because of the responsibility we have to our own individual districts.”
The study does not mean changes will be made. It could, however, result in legislation being proposed in hope of making changes.
It was requested by Quinn and Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, in May.
Cleveland brought up the financial aspect of the OSSAA during Wednesday's news conference.
“That's the things we're going to look at: how the money is spent, why the OSSAA has cars, big pension plan, high salaries when our schools and the athletic departments are having to go out and beg for money to help supplement their athletic program,” he said.
The interim study is open to the public. The session on Sept. 17 will run from 9 a.m.-noon and then from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24 and Oct. 3 will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon.
DEL CITY'S EDWARDS COMMITS TO SANTA CLARA
Stephen Edwards became one of the first basketball players in the Oklahoma City area's class of 2014 to find a home.
The Del City guard verbally committed to Santa Clara on Tuesday night, according to Eagles coach Tim Stogsdill.
Edwards averaged 15.1 points per game as a junior for Del City. He and fellow senior Brett Cannon will make up one of the most talented backcourt combos in Class 5A this season.
MILLWOOD-STAR SPENCER MOVED TO THURSDAY
Originally scheduled for Friday night, the Millwood at Star Spencer football game has been moved to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Conversely, the Centennial-Capitol Hill game originally set for Thursday at Star Spencer, will be played Friday.
All home games for Oklahoma City Public Schools teams will kick off at 7 p.m. this season.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH