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Oklahoma City superintendent temporarily lifts sports apparel ban

Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer announced to the Oklahoma City School Board that all college and professional apparel will be allowed at district schools that don't have uniform policies for 60 days while a committee evaluates the policy. The board met Sept. 10.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: September 10, 2012

Even though the ban on non-Oklahoma college teams is temporarily lifted, the district's dress code still prohibits gang displays, Board Chairwoman Angela Monson said.

An evaluation of the code is a good first step, said Brady Henderson, legal director for the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“I applaud the action of the superintendent, and I also look for an opportunity for groups like the ACLU to look at these policies in the future,” Henderson said.

In other business

Angela Monson was acknowledged for the recent announcement that she is one of seven 2012 inductees into the Oklahoma African-American Hall of Fame.

The board also awarded several contracts, including $2.5 million to Carrier Enterprise for heating and air supplies, $1 million to R.B. Akins Co. for heating and air supplies, $1 million to Siemens Industry for heating and air supplies and $1 million to Microage of College Station for whiteboards and software.

Also, All About Travel received a $1 million contract for travel agent services; Springall Travel was named the alternate vendor.