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Elementary 14

Construction on the 14th elementary school for Union Public Schools has begun.

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Elementary 14
Building two schools in one

For more information on the 2017 Bond Election, visit our special bond election section.

Elementary 14  is now under construction in one of the fastest growing areas of the district, on 31st Street between Garnett Road and 129th East Avenue. With a successful vote Valentine’s Day, Union will use $11 million of the $26-million bond proposal to complete Phase II construction, essentially the first half of the building, enabling us to move Briarglen’s approximately 500 kindergarten-through-fifth-grade students into the new school this next school year. 

A future bond issue will fund full completion of the building in 2018, accommodating another 500 students. Not only will Elementary 14 address growth in the north central part of the district, it will free up elementary classroom space in other parts of the district. The school is going to be a beautiful addition to the area.  It will be an energy-efficient, state-of-the art, student- and family-friendly Community School.  Its amenities include open learning corridors, classrooms that share a common dream space, “maker spaces” for project-based learning, and a health clinic. 

Our community has been involved throughout the planning process for Elementary 14, and we hope to see a good community turnout at the polls. Please remember to stop by your precinct Tuesday, February 14!

Rita Long to serve as Elementary 14 principal

Rita MartinRita Long, who is principal at McAuliffe Elementary School, has been selected as the principal of Elementary No. 14, which will open next fall. 

Long will work closely with Support Services and Teaching and Learning in order to devise a transition plan for moving students from Briarglen to Elementary 14 for the start of the 2017-18 school year, Hartzler said.  

"One of the first assignments for Ms. Long will be forming a district committee for the purpose of naming Elementary 14. We are excited for both of them as they will bring valuable knowledge and experience to both positions," Hartzler said.

Groundbreaking held Tuesday, July 12, 2014

Union Public Schools officially broke ground on the site of its 14th elementary school with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at 12000 E. 31st Street (east of S. Garnett Rd.).  Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler, members of the Board of Education, and students who have been involved in the planning stages for the new school will speak. continue reading

Voters approve 2016 bond issue

In February 2016, voters approved two propositions in the district's $27 Million school bond election.  Passing both propositions with nearly 81percent approval,  Union was able to begin construction on its 14th elementary school, purchase school buses, and address a number of capital needs throughout district.

"We are grateful and humbled by the outcome," said Union Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler.  "It is a testament to our patrons' consistent support and confidence in Union's teachers and staff, as we work together to reach our goal of graduating all students college and career ready."

A major portion of the funds in Proposition I will go toward building an elementary school on the south side of 31st Street between Garnett and 129th East Ave. (the site of the former Green Country Event Center/Garnett Church of Christ).  In the previous year, voters approved funds for pre-construction work, including a well-planned design which incorporates indoor and outdoor spaces to complement best teaching and learning practices as well as energy efficiency.    

Union Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said the new elementary will enable students across the district to attend school closer to their homes.  The school is expected to open in the fall of 2017.

Elementary 14 News

  • Union seeks approval of $26-million bond issue Tuesday, Feb. 14

    01.19.17

    Union Public Schools is asking patrons to consider approval of a $26-million school bond issue when they go to the polls on Tuesday, February 14. The largest portion of the bond includes the next phase of construction of an elementary school to enable students throughout the district to attend school closer to home. Passage will not increase taxes above traditional levels and requires a supermajority – at least 60 percent of the vote.

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  • 2017 Bond Election: We Love you, Union

    01.10.17

    The Union Board of Education has scheduled a special election Tuesday, February 14, 2017, for Union patrons to decide on a $26-million bond package, emphasizing that passage will not increase taxes above traditional levels.

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  • Board Report - November 14

    11.18.16

    A brief summary of the November Board of Education meeting has been posted which includes information on the upcoming bond election, board policy revisions, bond dollar expenditures and more. continue reading

  • Administrative changes announced; principal of new elementary named

    11.17.16

    Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler has announced two administrative changes that will take effect this summer. Rita Long, who is principal at McAuliffe Elementary School, has been selected as the principal of Elementary No. 14, which will open next fall. Tracy Weese, who is principal of Briarglen Elementary School, will assume a new administrative role within the Teaching and Learning Department. continue reading

  • Bond dollars at work! 'From the Ground Up'

    10.10.16

    Construction of Elementary 14, Phase 1 has been well under way for several months. See a short update and photos inside. continue reading

  • Union employees urged to Go Light the World at back-to-school kickoff

    08.23.16

    "Supporting public education must be perceived as a moral imperative to sustaining a bright future for our children in Oklahoma and our country. We must continue to remind our state leaders and policymakers about the exponential value of such an investment," Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler told more than 2,000 employees at kickoff Wednesday. "Public schools are a vital part of the American dream!" His speech and selected photos as well as a special video inside.

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  • Excellence in all we do

    08.21.16



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  • School starts Monday, Aug. 22

    08.19.16



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  • Union breaks ground on $15 million first phase of elementary site

    07.13.16

    Union Public Schools broke ground Tuesday on the first phase of an elementary school that officials say represents a new direction for the district. “Essentially we are building two elementary schools in one,” Superintendent Kirt Hartzler said of what will be the district’s 14th elementary overall.

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  • Union groundbreaking for 14th elementary draws a crowd

    07.12.16

    Union Public Schools officially broke ground today on the site of its 14th elementary school  at 12000 E. 31st Street as Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and Board of Education President Heather McAdams spoke about their hope about bringing a state-of-the-art community school to the neighborhood.

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