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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan for 2018-2023

Click here to see Strategic PlanCore Values

The following core values serve to guide our strategic focus and actions in accomplishing our mission:

  • Commitment to Excellence –Pursue the highest measure of quality in all that we do.
  • Collegiality - Demonstrate respect and an ability to work as team members.
  • Honesty, Integrity, Transparency – Do what’s right and above board.
  • Innovation – Embrace new, effective thinking and programs.
  • Inclusiveness – Cultivate an organizational culture of accepting children, families, and employees for who they are rather than categorizing them by income, ethnicity, or ability.
  • Empowerment – Help people reach their full potential.
  • Accountability – Accept responsibility for achieving results.
  • Thoughtful Planning – Use data and district values in planning and decision making.

View Strategic Plan 2018-2023 / Strategic Plan 2018-2023 Objective, Measures and Timeline


Message from
Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler
& the Board of Education

Dear Union Community,

It is with great pride that we present this Strategic Plan 2018-2023 to all Union stakeholders. I am grateful to all who have been a part of this strategic planning process. Their thoughtful input and innovative ideas will enable us to continue REACHING – ENGAGING – INSPIRING and responding to the growing needs of our district. This plan is designed to be a dynamic, collaborative, living document that will serve as the foundation in our successful comprehensive pursuit of excellence known as “The Union Way.” We believe every student has the right to a high-quality public education, and we are committed to graduating each one college and career ready.

The strength of this plan is the alignment and evaluation of district operations, resources, and programs in early childhood, community schools, STEM, and college and career readiness that assist us in fulfilling our mission. Within this strategic plan, a new learning model “Learning the Union Way,” will be launched at all grade levels to focus on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social/emotional learning.

Thanks to the passage of the multi-year $128.6 million bond issue this past school year, our 1:1 technology initiative, math and literacy adoptions, and instructional and safety programs will be implemented and will enhance our teaching and learning environments. Included in this bond issue were funds to complete Union’s newest community school, Ellen Ochoa Elementary, and address our space and facility needs at the high school and district level in fine arts and athletics.

I am truly honored to serve beside such highly committed staff and the Board of Education who are unwavering in our mission and in the success of your child. We also greatly value the trust and support of our families and the Union community, for this we believe – “Together We Make a Difference.”

Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler
Board of Education President Jeff Bennett and Board members Ken Kinnear, Heather McAdams, Lisa Ford and Stacey Roemerman

Union Public Schools

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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