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Board Report - June 10

Originally posted June 11, 2019

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Board approves stipend, raises for employees

The Board of Education approved raises for all employees and a one-time stipend as part of ratified contracts with the Union Classroom Teachers Association and the Union Support Personnel Association.

Under the agreements, the Board approved a step and a $1,220 raise for all certified staff, which is an average raise of 3.9%.  The board also approved a 3.9% raise for support and administrative employees.  The District and the UCTA also agreed to a few language changes, including revising the report time for teachers before school from 30 minutes to 25 minutes.  An agreement was also reached on revisions to the UCTA extra-duty schedule.

Board members also approved the issuance of a one-time 5 percent retention stipend to all eligible employees returning for the 2019-2020 school year. Stipends will be issued in July.

“This makes 24 out of 25 years in which we have been able to award a retention stipend to our employees,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said.  “We appreciate the collective efforts of our employees for being financially prudent, for questioning whether or not we need to spend money on things.  It helps us to be financially prudent and to operate in an efficient effort. That would not be possible without the collective work of everyone in the organization.”  

PTA Trio
Three longtime PTA Council members – Sheffra Stauder, Laura Hofmann, and Betsy Francis - were recognized at the Board of Education meeting.

PTA ‘Terrific Trio’ recognized

Union Superintendent Kirt Hartzler recognized three longtime PTA Council members – Betsy Francis, Laura Hofmann, and Sheffra Stauder – for their many years of dedicated service. 

“These three have been front and center on so many things in our district that I wanted to take a moment to publicly recognize them,” Hartzler said.  “We have an amazing PTA collectively, but what makes it amazing is the people.  I call them the Terrific Trio. They have been involved in all things PTA.  This past spring, they were recognized by the Union PTA Council for their service and leadership to the children of Union Public Schools.  Combined, they have more than 60 years of experience.” 

Among their many accomplishments: 

Betsy Francis: 

  • Seven years as an elementary homeroom mom;
  • Served on the following PTA committees:  Reflections, Planning, Pizza Day, Teacher Grant Selection, Scholarship, Nominating, Hospitality, and Membership;
  • PTA Council Financial Advisor for the past six years; and
  • Served on Band Parent Booster Club, Graduation Celebration, Orchestra Booster Club, Darnaby Library Aid and Clothing Closet volunteer.

Laura Hoffman:

  • President, Vice President and Secretary for a combined eight years;
  • Served on the following PTA committees: Graduation Celebration, Hospitality, Catch the Dream, Nominating Committee, Reflections, Pizza Days, Darnaby Arts & Crafts Show, Jog-a-thon, and Talent Show; and
  • Served as President, Vice President for Events, Vice President of Spirit, and Committee Chair for Highsteppers Booster Club; and Hospitality Coordinator of TeePee Crew Booster Club.

Sheffra Stauder: 

  • At the elementary level, volunteered with Red Ribbon Week, Science Lab, Skate Night, Jog-a-thon, Reflections, 5th Grade Party, and served as home room mom;
  • At the secondary level, worked with Drug Free Youth, dances, fun day, picnic days, field trips, and many pizza days;
  • PTA Council delegate, treasurer, president, and committee chair for a combined total of 22 years;
  • Trustee on the Union Schools Education Foundation for six years;
  • Leadership roles for booster clubs of pom, Momma Skins, basketball, and leadership; and
  • President and Co-President of Graduation Celebration.

“Thank you for loaning them to us,” Hartzler said to their families. “We truly could not be where we’re at today without individuals like this.” 

Board approves work at Jarman Elementary

Board members approved an agreement with Henderson Engineers for $167,200 for engineering services for construction of a new HVAC and electrical upgrades for Jarman Elementary School.

This design agreement will provide for design and construction administration for the HVAC system, lighting system, fire alarm system, communications backbone and new intercom wiring at Jarman. In addition, a new 2x2 grid ceiling will be installed with new 2x2 ceiling tile. This project will follow the same retrofit progression as Darnaby Elementary.

Changes to sewer line approved at new health clinic at Ochoa Elementary

Board members also approved a contingency amendment related to work at Ellen Ochoa Elementary's new Community Health Connection Medical Clinic with Flintco, LLC for $353,686. Work will include removal of unsuitable soil and work to prevent moisture in concrete slabs and the construction of a sewage lift station to connect to the City of Tulsa sewer line. It was discovered during construction that the inverted elevation of the existing city sewer line is too high for a gravity lateral connection from the building.

Four administrators named assistant principals

The Board of Education approved the promotion of four administrative interns to assistant principals.

All four will remain at their school sites. They include Kevin Brannon, Union High School Freshman Academy; Becky Kind, Rosa Parks; Dr. Leedy Smith, Grove; and Crystal Soltow, Union 6th/7th Grade Center.

In a routine summer meeting, the Board approved several agreements or encumbrances to carry into the new fiscal year, including a two-year agreement with Two Trees Technologies for $81,700 for software renewal for the district’s internet bandwidth and security.