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January 15, 2013

Norman Public Schools board opens bids for $25M bond

NORMAN — Monday evening was a mix of work and play for the Norman School board as attention to bond sales, the Administrative Services Center renovation and public communication was preceded by Superintendent Joe Siano honoring a wager.

Based upon a bet between Siano and Jenks Superintendent Kirby Lehman, Siano arrived at the meeting sporting a Jenks football jersey, in acknowledgement of Jenks’ victory in the 6A state championship against Norman North High School last month.

However, board members Don Shandy, Julie Raadschelders and Dan Snell wore Norman North Timberwolves jerseys to “balance it out,” draping the jerseys over the front of their podium for the duration of the meeting in a gesture of support.

“I’ve put this off as long as possible,” Siano joked at the beginning of the meeting. “Jenks’ football team and student body are great kids. It’s a great district and (the state championship game) was a great experience for both districts. ... I’d make this bet again.”

Community member and school board candidate Gary Barksdale presented public communication, expressing his request that the Norman School district adopt a policy of arming teachers for safer schools.

“I would ask the district to consider Rep. McCullough’s proposal to the legislature. I understand this is a popular issue, and it may cost me in my upcoming election,” Barksdale said. “However, the question remains: Do we consider our children more precious than the money we protect with armed guards in banks?

“I ask that teachers or personnel be allowed to have concealed carry of firearms in schools based on their meeting the following criteria: They have valid CCL; they must keep the weapon concealed and on their person at all times while on campus; each individual with CCL (must) be approved by the board; only the board, local law enforcement and site administration know who has CCL on campus; each individual must have CLEET training, military training or any additional training deemed appropriate by the board; and each CCL holder must use frangible ammunition (preventing ricochet) in their firearm.”

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