Reaching, Engaging, Inspiring
Strategic Plan for 2023-2028
Dear Union Community:
It is with great pride that we present to you this Strategic Plan for the next five years, 2023-2028. I am grateful to everyone who has been a part of this strategic planning process. It was especially important that we gather the thoughts of our students, parents, teachers, staff and community, having met the challenges of the last five years. There were many events we could never have anticipated, but we met them head on, in true Union style.
Never before has our motto, “Together, we make a difference,” been so true. The basics of our previous plan have not changed. Our vision, “REACHING — ENGAGING — INSPIRING,” remains the same. We believe that every student has the right to a high-quality public education, and we are committed to our mission of “100% Graduation, College and Career-Ready.” Our core strengths in early childhood, community schools, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and college and career readiness will continue to power us forward into the future. We have made some minor adjustments to our district’s instructional philosophy, including hope, engagement, relevance, and critical thinking. With the recent passage of our $152 million bond issue, Union has plans to significantly transform the 6th and 7th Grade Center to better meet the changing needs of students at this critical time in their development. We will continue to make investments in safety and technology.
Regardless of what the future brings, we will face the challenges with courage and determination. I am truly honored to serve beside a talented and highly committed staff. We received confirmation of that excellence by having one of our own, Rebecka Peterson, named the 2023 National Teacher of the Year. Our dedicated Board of Education remains unwavering in our mission and in the success of your child. We place a high value on the trust and support of our families and the Union community. We appreciate you!
Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and the Board of Education
The following core values serve to guide our strategic focus and actions in accomplishing our mission:
The following principles, along with Union’s “Core Values,” will be used to guide Union’s district’s planning and decision-making:
Union plans to measure the progress of the strategic plan through school health indicators such as organizational and instructional capacity, student outcomes such as attendance, college readiness, course completion, assessments, graduate rates, as well as employee engagement and employee performance measures.