The Norman Transcript

Headlines

October 4, 2013

Interim study examines complaints, concerns about athletic association

Changes to OSSAA are likely

OKLAHOMA CITY — For more than two hours Thursday, Ed Sheakley answered questions from the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The director of Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association was called to the State Capitol at the conclusion of an interim study delving into complaints and concerns regarding his organization.

After the study ended, changes to how the OSSAA operates seemed to be in the near future.

“I do intend to have legislation, and I know other members do, too, to make sure the money is spent wisely,” said State Rep. Gus Blackwell, who chaired the committee conducting the study. “There are a lot of people who are not happy with this organization, and I think it was a highly productive use of the committee’s time. Several pieces of legislation have been proposed from this study that will change business as usual at the OSSAA.”

State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, who requested the study, said it gave all sides a hearing and has provided state legislators with information on how to address complaints and concerns leveled against the organization.

“Proposals were made during the study on what we as state legislators could do to improve the current situation in the upcoming 2014 legislative session,” Cleveland said. “The Oklahoma Supreme Court has encouraged us to take action on our ruling, and I think we will be looking to make OSSAA more accountable to the state and, therefore, all Oklahomans.”

The interim study was authored by Cleveland and joined by Rep. Jason Murphey, who felt the OSSAA tried to keep the study from taking place.

“After we talked about calling for this interim study, your office sent out an email, and I think it was to a lot of the schools,” Murphey said. “It essentially asked them to call us with the statement, ‘Such action toward a private entity like the OSSAA will create a dangerous precedent for other organizations ... Let them know an interim study is not needed.’ Why was the attitude of your agency so hostile for us to even have this study?”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Water Reclamation Wastewater upgrade under way

    Norman’s $63 million water reclamation facility upgrade is under way. Once known as a sewer plant, the facility’s moniker reflects the current trend in water reuse and treatment that’s crossing the United States....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Okla. City museum shows pigeons in positive light

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t long after Lorrie Monteiro started her new gig as curator of the American Pigeon Museum that she started to wonder, “What have I done?” Monteiro had experience working at museums but knew almost nothing about the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Bicycle Racks Five more bike racks installed downtown

    Public art was installed Thursday along east Main Street in historic downtown Norman. Five colorful art pieces aren’t just for looks. The musical notes, dream catcher, fork and spoon, scissortail flycatcher and a bent arrow also are bike ...

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet the Sooners on Saturday

    Meet the Sooners Day will be Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The annual, free event kicks off preseason practice and gives University of Oklahoma fans an opportunity to interact with their favorite players and ...

    August 1, 2014

  • OKC man charged with rape

    After being brutally raped and kidnapped for four days, a woman escaped and called 911 last week, which led to charges against an Oklahoma City man. Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two ...

    August 1, 2014

  • One killed when shipping container falls onto vehicle

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police say one person was killed when a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck....

    August 1, 2014

  • Target taps outsider as CEO for shakeup

    NEW YORK — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers....

    August 1, 2014

  • Parks officials set to fog for mosquitoes in Norman

    Norman parks and recreation officials will fog for mosquitoes Saturday night in northeast Norman....

    August 1, 2014

  • New natural gas plant coming to south central area

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A new plant projected to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day is coming to the Grady/Stephens county area....

    August 1, 2014

  • Motorists should watch for pedestrians

    With another school year approaching, the Norman Police Department wants motorists to be mindful of the increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic. During the month of August, the Norman Police Department will concentrate resources in the ...

    August 1, 2014