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Dear Union Patrons,

“Worth It All” – a theme we used at Teacher Kick-Off – continues to resonate with me. Our students are worth it. Our teachers are worth it. Moreover, our investment in their shared future by the passage of our most recent bond issue boldly proclaims: They are 
“Worth It All.”  

We are so grateful to the generosity of Tulsa and Broken Arrow voters and Union’s supportive community of students, families and teachers. In February 2018, you overwhelmingly passed our district’s first multi-year bond issue, providing Union with $128.6 million over 5 years that will enable us to make major investments in our children’s future.  

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Union is at a major point of convergence, where the seeds we have sown over the last several years are all beginning to bear fruit. We recently unveiled a new 5-year strategic plan for the district, renewing our commitment to “100% Graduation, College and Career Ready.” 

That commitment is manifested in many visible ways throughout our district, whether it’s the nearly completed Ellen Ochoa Elementary or the distribution of laptops to all 9th graders and iPads to Boevers students as part of the ambitious roll out of the 1-to-1 initiative. As responsible stewards of your tax dollars, Union recognizes that our investment in capital projects, technology and other tools is always in service to our mission of educating every student.

This is an EXCITING time for Union Public Schools and our students.  From now through 2022, we are embarking on the largest and most significant series of construction projects in our district’s history. 

Some of that work began in 2018 – like the creation of a STEM Design Lab at the Metro Building or the “front house” renovation of the Performing Arts Center at Union High School – but the best is yet to come.   

RenderingAt the close of the football season in 2019, we will begin demolition on the west side of Union’s Tuttle Stadium, paving the way toward a brand-new “home” side with improved accessibility, concessions and restroom facilities, and a revitalized east side. Over the course of the next four years, we will add a Fine Arts wing to the north side of the stadium to better serve band students, and provide improved weight room and locker facilities for athletics, as well as new space for wrestling, volleyball, spirit, and golf.  

There are so many exciting things ahead, we wanted to show our patrons the progress made in 2018, and to lay out the plans for 2019.  We will attempt to provide answers to your biggest questions, particularly those pertaining to the tear down and construction of the stadium.  

Once you see the road map for the year ahead, I believe it will confirm what we already know:  Our children and teachers are “Worth It All.”  

Sincerely,
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D., Superintendent

5-Year Series Bond (2018 – 2022)
$128.6-Million Proposition at a Glance*

Generously approved by Union’s patrons, 2018's historic five-year bond proposal has provided $128.6 million for the following projects through 2022.  

Ellen Ochoa Elementary Construction Phase III and Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E)    
 
$6,600,000
Design Lab at Metro Building Renovation and FF&E     $3,250,000
Performing Arts Center – Restroom Renovation; Lighting, Sound, and Acoustical Improvements    $1,450,000
District Fine Arts, Athletics, Classroom, and Stadium Renovation and Construction including FF&E     $42,475,000
Teaching and Learning Instructional Resources (not including technology for classrooms)    $4,750,000
District Exterior and Interior Renovations (includes playgrounds, marquees, and flooring)    $5,125,000
District Roof Replacements     $7,500,000
District HVAC System Replacements     $7,300,000
District Maintenance and Operations Equipment and Other Capital Improvements    $8,400,000
Technology Hardware, Software, and Subscriptions     $20,575,000
Site and Department Allocations    $6,850,000
Early Childhood Education Center Purchase Payments    $2,500,000
Transportation – Buses     $4,600,000
Fees, Professional Services, and Contingency     $7,200,000
 5-YEAR TOTAL     $128,575,000

*Note:  The numbers presented in the table above are estimates.

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

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