Governor Stitt has signed an executive order declaring all 77 Oklahoma counties to be under a state of emergency due to recent extensive storm and flood damage. At the time of this writing, our state has schools literally underwater or facing that possibility.The executive order pursuant to the Oklahoma Emergency Management Act of 2003 allows state agencies, including local political subdivisions, to make emergency purchases and to take actions necessary to facilitate getting various types of assistance from state and federal authorities. Statutory provisions of the Act may be found here.
Similarly, boards of education facing individual emergency situations at other times may use a process to ensure they have quick access to help with cleanup, remediation and other matters. By a 2/3 majority vote of the board declaring that an emergency exists within the school district, officials can move forward without having to adhere to the normal requirements of competitive bidding, for example. This can be critical to a school’s ability to salvage and move forward after a crisis. The statutory provisions of the Public Competitive Bidding Act as pertains to emergencies may be found here.
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A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.