Superintendent Consolidation Clears Okla. House

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Legislation that provides financial incentives for Oklahoma schools to consolidate their superintendents has passed the Oklahoma House.

Monday's vote was 90-7 for the bill that now goes to the Senate for consideration.  It allows two or more districts that share a superintendent to receive money from the School Consolidation Assistance Fund to help pay the superintendent's salary.

The money comes from state lottery revenue. Districts can receive up to 50 percent of the superintendent's salary for up to three consecutive years with a limit of $200,000.

House Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Hickman of Fairview says the program is voluntary and may encourage schools that are struggling financially to trim their administrative costs and devote more money to classrooms.

Hickman says the consolidation assistance fund has up to $8 million.