Several Oklahoma school districts penalized

Friday, November 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Eight small Oklahoma school districts are being penalized for exceeding state-mandated limits on administrative costs.

The penalties will cost the districts nearly $71,000 in state aid.

Two other districts also could face ten-thousand dollars in penalties if Education Department officials confirm they also exceeded set levels.

A change in state law this year lowered the maximum administrative costs allowed by small school districts. The eight schools -- located in seven counties -- are the first to be penalized under the law.

The penalties could cause rural schools to lobby the Legislature to make several changes to state law. Some local school officials think the Legislature should increase administrative cost maximums for tiny school districts.