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Oklahoma City School Board approves more than 200 contracts in single meeting

The Oklahoma City School Board began the 2013-12 fiscal year by voting on a massive list of contracts and agreements.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: July 3, 2012
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The Oklahoma City Board of Education approved more than 200 contracts and agreements in less than two hours Monday night.

The board approved nearly all the items in one swoop as it marked the beginning of the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The massive agenda was difficult to digest, District 6 Board Member Jay Means said.

“If these aren't time sensitive, I'd like not to see 200-plus agenda items,” Means said.

Board Chairwoman Angela Monson said the long consent agenda was an annual, necessary occurrence.

Means voted against two of the items — $41,220 for lobbyist Janis Loftis and $93,600 for consultant Joan Edmonds — though both requests passed.

Some of the largest contracts and agreements are as follows, including the contract limits:

• Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal, roofing and repairs, $15 million.

• PATCO, electrical repair, $15 million.

• Schuler Enterprises, plumbing repairs and service, $15 million.

• Hardesty Team Heating and Air Conditioning, chiller repair, $14 million.

• Commercial Roofing, roof repairs and replacements, $10 million.

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