The current logo of Oklahoma City Public Schools is outdated and doesn't represent the district's history and tradition, prompting the development of a new logo, a district spokeswoman said at Monday night's school board meeting.
District spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy said during a presentation at the Board of Education meeting that, after several months of discussion, staff members had developed a new logo for the school district.
For at least 12 years, the Starman, a blue figure with a star above him, has been the logo of Oklahoma City Public Schools. The logo was developed when the phrase “Reach for the Stars” was popular among educators.
In the staff's presentation, Kennedy presented the new logo, an “O” with a banner around it that reads, “OKCPS” and “Est. 1891.”
The board postponed a vote on the issue. Its next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18.
Board Vice Chairman Phil Horning said he was not enthusiastic about voting on the logo Monday and wanted to wait until he had more time to think about it.
More time needed
“The problem I'm having is, this is a really important decision,” Horning said. “It's going to impact almost 45,000 students, almost 3,000 employees, and we have a responsibility for making that decision, yes or no. I would like to have been involved a little sooner.”
Board member Lyn Watson said she liked the new logo, adding that it brings good tradition and class to the organization.
Watson said the new logo would be easy to identify as the logo for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
“When I see the Starman, I sit there and think, ‘OK, is that Norman Public Schools? Is that Oklahoma City Public Schools? Who is that?” Watson said.
Kennedy said staff members developed the logo that was presented Monday night.
District staff members started surveying students and staff about a new logo in August 2011.
Kennedy said it would cost about $5,000 to change the logo on buses and vehicles, among other things.
The old Parker Elementary School, 12700 NE 42 in Spencer, was declared surplus property. It can now be sold.
The board opened up the bidding process for the downtown charter school, John W. Rex Elementary, 500 W Sheridan.
The school will accommodate up to 500 students in prekindergarten through sixth grade.
The construction budget is $14.25 million.
The board opened bids for $5.7 million worth of projects at three elementary schools.
Construction plans call for four classrooms and a gym at Parmalee, three classrooms and a gym at Hillcrest and three classrooms and a gym at Pierce.
Carrie Coppernoll, Staff Writer
AT A GLANCE
The Oklahoma City School Board awarded several contracts at Monday's meeting:
• Metropolitan Air Conditioning Service Co., $785,000 for chillers at F.D. Moon Academy.
• NCS Pearson, $600,000 for supplemental reading materials for district elementary schools.
• Johnson Controls Inc., $361,000 for chillers at Parks Elementary.
• Hardesty Team, $317,000 for chillers at Nichols Hills Elementary.
• Learning Sciences International, $50,000 for professional development, an addition to the company's $237,000 contract approved earlier this year.
• Triumph Learning, $50,000 for class materials geared toward Common Core standards.
• Alpha Plus, $35,000 for professional development at Emerson High School.
CARRIE COPPERNOLL, STAFF WRITER