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Board Report - September 13


Posted Date: 09/14/2021

Board Report - September 13

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Board Approves Stipend Incentive for Employees with ESL Certification

The Board of Education approved a $3,000 ESL (English as a Second Language) certification stipend for certified staff who teach or work with English Learner students.

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of responding to the learning loss all students have experienced during the pandemic and preparing a plan for the 2021-2022 school year. More than 4,000 Union students are English Learners. comprising more than one fourth of the student population.

The learning loss experienced among Union EL students is apparent not only in measures of academic content, but also on the assessment of language learning domains. The loss of learning in English language development is substantial, which has a compounding effect on the academic growth of those students, and which amplified the learning loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Union educators.

Jay Loegering, SPHR, SHRM-SCPJay Loegering, executive director of Human Resources, said, “Less than 15 percent of Union's certified staff who teach, work directly with EL students, or evaluate those who teach or work directly with EL students are ESL-certified. In order to increase teacher and administrator knowledge of EL student needs and the implementation of effective, evidence-based, instructional practices for EL students, the district will provide a stipend for teachers, district level certified staff and school administrators to obtain ESL certification as a response to the learning loss experienced by EL students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The strategies and practices that teachers learn as a part of the EL certification process include many that will help prepare teachers to meet all students' learning needs, particularly to intervene on behalf of those students that have experienced learning loss.

In other action, Board members:

  • Approved the purchase of graphing calculators and accessories from El Dorado Trading for $200,726.
  • Approved the purchase of Advanced Placement testing for $50,000. Funding comes from the activity fund.
  • Approved a practicum program with Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences School Psychology program for graduate research associates and assistants. This will serve as a pipeline for psychologists, as there are only three universities in the state that currently provide the level of training needed.
  • Renewed an agreement with CareATC to provide national shared site clinic services to Union PPO-insured employees.
  • Approved the purchase of $606,900 worth of student laptops and internet routers from Trafera, LLC.
  • Approved the bid for a bus exhaust system upgrade from Vision Air Services for $136,307, out of bond funds. This will enable mechanics to safely repair and perform maintenance on buses inside during the winter.
  • Renewed a software agreement with Kronos Workforce for $101,500 for employee support needs.

 

 

 

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