Oklahoma City Council, school board to hold pioneering joint meeting

The Oklahoma City Council and Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education are holding a groundbreaking joint meeting Tuesday. The meeting is thought to be the first of its kind in Oklahoma.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: August 14, 2012

Work done by a task force made up of Oklahoma City Council and Oklahoma City School Board members has led to a groundbreaking joint formal meeting Tuesday with the full strength of both groups.

The city council and school board members meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center in what officials think is the first formal meeting between a municipal council and school board in Oklahoma history. Because schools are run by the state here, partnerships between municipal governments and schools are rare.

The task force has been meeting for more than a year and focusing on ways the city and school district can combine forces using existing resources and infrastructure to help each other out. City Councilman Pete White, a leading voice on the task force, has long pushed for a full joint meeting of both bodies, and Tuesday's open meeting is the result.

Transit help, audit

are on agenda

Two recent efforts spawned in part from task force meetings are among agenda items for Tuesday's meeting. Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority Administrator Rick Cain will update members of the council and school board on efforts to use city buses as transportation for some high school students, and discussion of a performance audit of the schools by the city auditor also is scheduled.

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