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Used sinks raises ire of Oklahoma City School Board member

Oklahoma City School Board member Jay Means criticized the use of what he called “subpar” materials.
by Tim Willert Published: September 4, 2013

Used sinks have been installed in as many as three elementary schools in Oklahoma City undergoing MAPS for KIDS-funded construction and renovation, a board member alleged Tuesday night.

Oklahoma City School Board member Jay Means declined to identify the schools, but called the practice of using “subpar” materials “outrageous.”

“I don't think the citizens that voted for this … planned for old sinks,” Means said during a board meeting report about pending MAPS projects. “These are new projects and (surplus) stuff has been placed in those classrooms. This is outrageous.”

The board member's district includes nine elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. He raised his concerns during the report delivered by Terry Wolfe, the district's senior facilities officer.

Means said during a break in the meeting that he has taken pictures of the sinks.

Wolfe said he was unaware of used sinks being installed, but assured board members that he would look into the allegations.

Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez, whose first day on the job was Tuesday, said after the board meeting he didn't know enough about the projects to comment except to say “I'm eager to get more information.”

Board member Bob Hammack said he was curious to find out if the issue raised by Means was widespread or isolated.

“We need more information regarding that troubling event,” Hammack said.

by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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