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.