The Union Support Services Division strives to create, support, and maintain an exemplary learning environment. Through efficient and thoughtful planning the division supports the district goal of 100 percent College and Career Ready for all Union students.
The hundreds of dedicated and hardworking employees in the division maintain more than 2.8 million square feet of facilities serving more than 15,000 students. The district includes 13 elementary schools (grades PreK-5), a 6th/7th Grade Center, an 8th Grade Center, a 9th Grade Center, the Union Alternative School (grades 9-12), a High School (grades 10-12), the Transportation, Operations, and Maintenance complex, and an Education Service Center.
See the statistical section of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for additional enrollment and facility details.
The Support Services division has developed purpose statements in each of its six departments to ensure quality and service for the Union Public School district and to continue Union's tradition of sustained excellence.
1. To create and foster an attitude of customer service
2. To model and maintain a positive culture based on honesty and integrity
3. To promote and demonstrate teamwork by aligning divisional goals with the district vision and the search for continuous improvement
The Support Services Division for Union Public Schools includes six different departments that provide services throughout the school district. Each of the departments has a director(s) specifically responsible for running the day to day operations. The departments include the following:
Lee Snodgrass serves as the district’s ombudsman during construction and major district projects. He manages and coordinates all schedules during the planning, pre-design, design, and approval process. He leads groups of contributing stakeholders and guides them through the process of developing site projects to support the educational goals and program needs in the district. His primary focus is to develop overall procedures to deliver school construction and projects on schedule and within budget while minimizing interruptions to the educational process.
Operations and Maintenance
The facility services’ includes the custodial and grounds departments for the school district. There are more than 100 custodial employees in the district. They are charged with cleaning and maintaining of the buildings. Each of the school sites are provided with a certified building engineer and custodial staffing that is appropriate to the square footage of the building. The grounds department maintains the outside grounds for all of the facilities .
The maintenance department services the entire school district. It include licensed electricians, plumber, carpenter, painter, locksmith and telecommunications. The maintenance department also oversees some of the smaller renovation projects that occur throughout the district. Maintaining the integrity of school facilities is part of the comprehensive capitol improvement plan that is reviewed on an annual basis. The warehouse department provides mail service, food storage and distribution, and records storage for the district.
The construction management department oversees all major construction that is done in the district. The long range planning committee is a long standing board of education appointed committee that determines the growth and facility needs for the district. The construction department manages the pre-construction, designing, bidding and building of all newly constructed facilities.
The Child Nutrition department has more than 100 employees and is charged with feeding all students breakfast and lunch throughout the district. The food services department ensures that all federal and state guidelines are followed to provide all students with healthy nutritious meals. The department has established nutritional standards for all foods that are available on each school campus during the school day. The department also provides guidelines for student wellness and is instrumental in measuring the implementation of the wellness policy by involving a broad group of individuals in its development and growth.
The transportation department employs approximately 70 bus drivers to run the 60-plus routes for the school district.
The transportation department provides busing for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Students must be eligible to ride a school bus which equates to the student living 1.5 miles from the school site or crossing a hazardous street.
The transportation department schedules approximately 1,500 bus stops and transports more than 5,600 students daily.
The purchasing department provides procurement services for the entire school district. There is district-wide sourcing that provides quotes and bids for school sites and scheduling of all school facilities. The district safety services are also provided through this department. The employee safety programs, OSHA standards and accident investigation services are provided through the department.
The director of facilities oversees all facilities for the district as well the Union Multipurpose Activities Center, Performing Arts Center and security and marketing departments.
Sarah McBryde, Director / Biography
The Union Multipurpose Activity Center (UMAC), includes a 5,600-seat multi-use arena, versatile floor space, meeting rooms, a student store, locker and dressing rooms, concessions, offices and a wellness center. The UMAC management team consists of a Marketing Director, an Event Coordinator and an Event Assistant. District operations staffs provide event service assistance as required for each event type. The staff at the UMAC works cooperatively and jointly with other District departments in order to provide optimal services to the District and patrons, as well as the community.
The UMAC Marketing Department is also instrumental in promoting partnerships and sponsorship opportunities between Union Public Schools and the business community.
Security - Safe Schools
Union has in place an initiative to manage and consolidate the Union School District’s security and prevention services providing the opportunity to explicitly address security, orderliness, and caring in our schools.
Utilizing the principles of progressive collaborative community engagement, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and peace building, Union is creating the necessary processes and providing the technical assistance to bring together Union school stakeholders to support them in assessing their needs and strengthening their capacity to leverage all available resources to develop and sustain peaceable schools.