Board of Education Zone 2 Candidates Forum Planned Thursday, Jan. 27
The Union Public Schools PLAC (Parent-Legislative Action Committee) and UCTA (Union Classroom Teachers Association: invite the public to attend the Board of Education Zone 2 candidates forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27, at the 8th Grade Center, 6501 S. Garnett. Candidates for the Union Board of Education Zone 2 seat are Shelley Gwartney, Dr. Chris McNeil and Derek Rader. Currently represented by McNeil, that district includes the campuses of Andersen, Cedar Ridge, Moore and Peters elementary schools.
Board Adopts Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy
Citing increasing diversity among the student body, Union Public Schools’ Board of Education unanimously adopted a new district-wide diversity, equity and inclusion policy Monday night.
3 Candidates File For Zone 2 Office On Board of Education
Candidates for Union’s Zone 2 are Shelley Gwartney, Dr. Chris McNeil and Derek Rader. Currently represented by McNeil, that district includes the campuses of Andersen, Cedar Ridge, Moore and Peters elementary schools.
Union's Board Votes Against Suspending Mask Mandate
Union’s Board of Education, in a spirited yet civil discussion, voted 3-2 Tuesday against suspending the mask mandate that is currently in place at the district with an opt-out provision. As a result, masks will remain in place for now, until the Board revisits the issue again in January 2022. “As a school board, we can’t talk about things until we are all in the room together,” said Union Board Stacey Roemerman. “This was a chance for us to discuss our Covid numbers at school and our numbers in the greater community. We voted to keep the mask mandate in place ultimately because we are in a great place [with low Covid numbers], and we want to continue to be there going into the holidays. We will reevaluate the issue again in January.”
Redhawks Selected As New Mascot For Union Public Schools
The votes are in . . . and the Union Redhawks, it is! Overwhelmingly, students voted in favor of redhawks as the choice for the district’s new mascot, with 80.7 percent of students in grades 6-12 voting decisively for the red-winged predator versus 19.3 percent for the bison mascot. When fourth and fifth grade student votes were included, the redhawks received 72.5 percent of the vote, and the bison 27.5 percent. Union’s Board of Education on Monday, November 8, voted unanimously to approve the new redhawks mascot, as recommended by students.