Oklahoma City School Board members are in their executive session now, so it seems like a good time to share some things with you.
Among other action tonight, board members just approved a smorgasbord of contracts on a consent agenda, including one item worth up to $60,000 for food from Pizza Hut.
The list of consent items on tonight’s agenda is the longest I’ve seen yet — 135 items, compared to 34 at the board’s previous meeting. Board members approve all the items on the consent agenda with a single vote, unless someone wants to discuss a particular one separately.
Here’s a taste of the other types of contracts approved Tuesday:
- -BUILDINGS: Building leases and architectural contracts.
- -MAINTENANCE: Repair needs for electrical, roofing and other systems, and custodial services for daily upkeep.
- -SAFETY: School security services, asbestos and lead abatement, and fire extinguishers and alarm monitoring.
- -TEACHING TOOLS: Library media services, art supplies, software programs and truancy intervention programming.
- -MEMBERSHIPS: District memberships to various civic organizations.
- -LEGAL: Legal counsel.
The cheapest item is district membership to the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with a maximum price tag of $125. The priciest is a contract with ONEOK Energy for $3,403,939.82 for natural gas.
Someone also had the bright idea to include light bulbs on the list.
Still, my favorite just might be the $90,000-maximum contract for “ice cream/novelties” from Blue Bell Creameries, which is, as their commercials say, “The best ice cream in the country.”
No disagreement there. In fact, that sounds pretty good right about now.
Wendy K. Kleinman