clusion of the items on the agenda is a heads-up to the public and employees that the issue needs to be discussed, he said.
Board Chairman Gary A. Taylor said, "Moving down this road is a serious consideration.”
He said he also feels it is important a new state-run facility also is considered.
Christian said assaults on staff members have increased, driven in part by antiquated facilities and more violent youths.
The Oklahoma Public Employees Association opposes privatization.
"We have supported and will continue to support state-run juvenile services, but OPEA will not sit idly by and watch private profiteers use political pressure to take advantage of the state of Oklahoma during these difficult economic times,” said Scott Barger, the association’s deputy director.
The state Corrections Department contracts with private prisons to house state inmates.