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Voters approve $21 million bond proposal

Originally posted February 12, 2014

Union patrons approved a $21 million bond proposal, garnering 80.5 percent of the vote. See full Tulsa World story

“I am very humbled. I think it speaks volumes about the commitment of that this community has to its school system and all to our mission statement of 100 percent graduation, college and career ready,” said Superintendent Kirt Hartzler.
The funds will be used to build a new gym and a fine arts wing at the Eighth Grade Center, buy new textbooks districtwide and make upgrades for the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, program.
Within that total, $2.17 million will be used to buy 14 regular school buses, four special education buses and two activity buses.


Keys to Engagement
$21-Million Bond Issue - Tuesday, February 11
Passage WILL NOT increase taxes above traditional levels!

An engaged student is a successful student. Those who participate are motivated to come to school and learn, and they are more likely to graduate college/career ready. Top-notch academics, school-related activities, clubs, and the relationships they engender spark interests, create dreams,
and unlock potential.

On Tuesday, February 11, the Union community holds the “Keys to Engagement” for our approximately 15,500 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. Two important propositions are on the ballot - one for capital expenditures, the other for transportation. Passage will not increase taxes above traditional levels. Download a PDF of the Communicator - Special Bond Election edition.


$21 Million Propositions at a Glance - Passage will not increase taxes above traditional levels.

Proposition I - $18,830,000 for construction, furniture & fixtures, equipment, technology, textbooks/library books; and acquisition & improvements of school sites  
First Phase 8th Grade Center Expansion - parking lot & bus loop changes between

8th Grade Center & McAuliffe; new fine arts wing, gym, and athletic area.

Districtwide Textbooks, Media /Library Books, & Technology - Textbooks; school library/media center allocations; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) equipment, hardware & software; computer lab replacements (grades 6-12); staff computers; wireless network infrastructure; software subscriptions & maintenance agreements; and copiers $ 3,390,000
Site Allocations - capital expenditures/projects at each school. $ 500,000
Athletic, Fine Arts, & Spirit Uniforms/Instruments/Equipment $ 300,000
Maintenance & Operations – security updates; districtwide renovations; equipment, fences, parking lots & sidewalks, playgrounds, an elevator, hot water tanks, flooring & carpeting $ 1,840,000
Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center Building – payment toward purchase of the building on the Rosa Parks Elementary School campus $ 1,000,000
Contingency & Fees - election costs; project cost fluctuations & fees $ 1,000,000
Total for Proposition I $18,830,000
Proposition II Transportation: 8 regular route, 4 special education, & 2 activity buses $ 2,170,000


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