Dear Union Patrons:
When historians look back at 2020, it’s likely they will say, “That’s the year when everything changed.” Fortunately, Union had the foresight to invest in a five-year bond campaign in 2018, which positioned us well to weather unexpected storms.
What an unpredictable year 2020 has been! While “pivoting” seems to be the verb of the year, 2020 has expanded our vocabulary with new terms like social distancing, contact tracing, and herd immunity. There have been a few disappointments, but there has also been joy, laughter and a few tears. Our theme for this year’s Teacher Kick-Off was “Press On,” and Union students, teachers, families and staff embraced it. I am thankful for their strength, fortitude and optimism. We take joy where we find it, even if it means celebrating graduation virtually, or doing so against the backdrop of a stadium that’s been half torn down.
Some things I’ve been proud of this year:
I hope you enjoy this progress report covering Year 3 of our five-year bond. Despite the many challenges right now, there are so many exciting things to come. Thankfully, we have bold leadership at the board level and a supportive community that is deeply invested in our work. Your approval in 2018 of a $128.6 million multi-year bond has put us on track to effect improvements that will carry us through 2022.
Please enjoy this progress report of the work done this year and the many positive changes just around the corner. Until then, keep PRESSING ON!
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D., Superintendent
Download a PDF of The Communicator – 2021 Special Bond Edition
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)
|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|
*Note: The numbers presented in the table above are estimates.