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Believing in U

Seeing is Believing

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 Announcements

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Union Public Schools joins the nation in observing National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Learn more here.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Union Public Schools will host a myriad of activities during this time to raise awareness as well.

Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico.  As a tribute to SA Camarena, high school friend, Henry Lozano and Congressman Duncan Hunter, created “Camarena Clubs” and the wearing of a red ribbon to show their oppositions to drugs.

Union school sites will host activities ranging from special assemblies, special dress-up days to classroom activities that address the concerns related to illicit drugs.

Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Union Public Schools will host a myriad of activities during this time to raise awareness as well.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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