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Benefits

At Union, We Reward Your Service and Offer Opportunities to Advance

Retention Stipend

Union rewards its employees with a generous retention stipend* up to 5% of your base pay for returning to work for another school year.

Sign-On Bonuses/Other Incentives

  • $1,000 sign-on bonuses for Special Education, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, and Nurses
  • $500 bonus for ESL/EL certification
  • $200 for classroom setup or supplies for all teachers new to Union

Tuition Reimbursement

Certified employees who complete approved college courses toward a qualifying graduate degree (and meet other requirements) will be reimbursed up to $75 per credit hour for graduate tuition. Reimbursement is also available for undergraduate tuition to pursue another area of certification.

*Contingent upon Board of Education approval each year.

Escuelas Comunitarias

Health Benefits that Save You Money

  • Union fully pays employee health, dental, vision, life insurance, and long-term/short-term disability policies. (Family coverage is additional).
  • Our district contributes an additional $993 per year beyond what the state provides toward employee benefits.
  • Union is the only district in Oklahoma that is self-insured, enabling us to keep costs low.
  • We have not raised premiums in eight years.
  • Union’s family coverage costs $6,000 less per year compared with state plans.
  • Our in-network deductible is only $250, compared to $500 with similar state plans.
  • Office visits are only $25, compared to $30 or $50 with similar state plans.
  • Onsite Employee Clinic, where a doctor’s visit is only a $5 co-pay, with many common prescriptions available FREE to employees and dependents enrolled in our health plan.

Benefit Details

The Union Public School District offers a competitive package of benefits for eligible employees including the following:

  1. District Paid (Employee Only) Coverage
     
  2. Medical
    • Union offers a traditional medical indemnity plan (PPO), paid up to the single employee rate of the Union PPO medical plan, providing employees with a wide network of doctor choices, with no referrals required by the plan for specialist visits.
  3. Dental
    • Union's dental plan is designed to help with the cost of routine, preventive and major dental care.
  4. Vision
    • Vision plan providing one vision-screening exam annually.
  5. Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment
    • The district provides a minimum of $20,000 of life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.
  6. Disability
    • Disability coverage provides employees with an income in the event they are unable to work due to an accident or sickness.
  7. Optional Employee-Paid Benefits
    • Legal insurance coverage, supplemental material vision coverage, supplemental cancer policy, supplemental optional life insurance, supplemental accident coverage, auto/home, and pet insurance, as well as additional disability insurance

Employees may also optionally contribute towards

  • Pre-tax retirement savings plan(s): 403(b) and/or 457.

  • Pre-tax medical and childcare reimbursement accounts.

For further information regarding Benefits, please contact the Benefits Office at 918-357-6196.

See also,

Union Public Schools prohibits discrimination in the educational programs and activities, admissions programs of students, recruitment, selection and/or employment on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, veteran status or disability.  The school district complies with federal and state regulations for implementing Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Title VI, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Entire policy.

Contacts

Jay Loegering

Jay Loegering
Executive Director of Human Resources / 

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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8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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