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2019 Bond Projects

The Year Ahead

With Year 1 of the 5-year series bond under our belt, let’s turn our attention to 2019 (Year 2). Of course, the question everybody wants to know: “When will work begin on the new stadium?”

The Year Ahead

Union Stadium Update

Preparations for a new stadium and Fine Arts addition will begin in summer 2019 with the rerouting of utilities. This must occur even before any demolition work can take place at the end of the year.  

“All of the utility rerouting will take place in the summer to lessen any disruption for Union students or patrons,” said Associate Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead. “Visitors to the parking lot that serves the stadium and UMAC will see ditches and lots of yellow tape. It will mainly be pipe work, with the relocating of gas lines, water, sewer, electrical and fiber. While it’s not super-exciting in terms of what we will see, it literally lays the ground work for the new stadium and Fine Arts Center that will go in at the north end zone.”    

Bushyhead said the utility work will not disrupt the south entrance of Union High School. “Many of the utilities run under or behind the stadium. At some point, we will have to turn off the power and gas to run through the new lines, but the disruption should be minimal. That’s why we’re doing this over the summer.”

Rendering

Demolition to Begin in December 2019

Demolition of the west (home) side of the stadium will commence in December 2019, at the close of the 2019 football season. While Union does expect to host some games in 2020, they will likely be “smaller” games (e.g., not Union vs. Broken Arrow). Large attendance games are expected to take place at the opposing school, or at TU (the Backyard Bowl).  

“Fall 2020 is the only year we expect to have a major issue due to stadium construction,” said Bushyhead. Construction on the new west side stands – including a new wrestling room, press box, visitor’s locker room, and two concession stands – will take place in winter 2020 and continue through April 2021.  

“All stadium work will be completed in time for the 2021 football season, with the exception of the new Fine Arts wing; it will house the Renegade Regiment [marching band], and will be completed at a later date. Then we will finish the new bus loop. The construction cycle is totally driven by when the bond dollars become available.”

Unlike the west side, the stadium’s east side (“visitors”) will not be torn down. It will, however, undergo a renovation of the concessions, restrooms, storage rooms, and small locker room.“Updates to the visitor’s side will be more cosmetic, with updated fixtures and concrete repair to freshen things up,” said Bushyhead. “The concessions will be more accessible and there will be visible improvements.”  

The east side renovation will be completed in time for the 2020 football season, while the home side remains down.  

“I think everyone is going to be extremely pleased with the new stadium, once completed,” said Bushyhead. “In the meantime, we are going to do our best to minimize the disruptions.” 

Rendering

STADIUM - Tentative Construction Timeline
 

Phase 1 - $10,590,057 (Jan. 2019 to Aug. 2020)

  • Utility/Mechanical Procurement and Upgrades
    January 2019 – July 2019
    East Stadium Renovation
    December 2019 – March 2020
  • West Stadium Structural
    December 2019 – August 2020

Phase 2 - $13,375,004 (May 2020 to May 2021)

  • Remaining West Stadium/Parking Lot
    May 2020 – April 2021
  • Band Building
    November 2020 – February 2021

Phase 3 - $10,960,137 (May 2021 to March 2022)

  • Remaining Band Building
    May 2021 – December 2021
  • Bus Loop, Backfill
    May 2021 – December 2021  

Digital Marquees

Bond

Flooring

UMAC

Exterior/Interior

 

 

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

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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