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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan for 2018-2023

Core Values

The following core values serve to guide our strategic focus and actions in accomplishing our mission:

  • Commitment to Excellence –Pursue the highest measure of quality in all that we do.
  • Collegiality - Demonstrate respect and an ability to work as team members.
  • Honesty, Integrity, Transparency – Do what’s right and above board.
  • Innovation – Embrace new, effective thinking and programs.
  • Inclusiveness – Cultivate an organizational culture of accepting children, families, and employees for who they are rather than categorizing them by income, ethnicity, or ability.
  • Empowerment – Help people reach their full potential.
  • Accountability – Accept responsibility for achieving results.
  • Thoughtful Planning – Use data and district values in planning and decision making.

Strategic Plan 2018-2023 

Strategic Plan 2018-2023
Objective, Measures and Timeline

View the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan


Message from
Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler
& the Board of Education

Dear Union Community,

Kirt HartzlerIt is with great pride that we present this Strategic Plan 2018-2023 to all Union stakeholders. I am grateful to all who have been a part of this strategic planning process. Their thoughtful input and innovative ideas will enable us to continue REACHING – ENGAGING – INSPIRING and responding to the growing needs of our district. This plan is designed to be a dynamic, collaborative, living document that will serve as the foundation in our successful comprehensive pursuit of excellence known as “The Union Way.” We believe every student has the right to a high-quality public education, and we are committed to graduating each one college and career ready.

The strength of this plan is the alignment and evaluation of district operations, resources, and programs in early childhood, community schools, STEM, and college and career readiness that assist us in fulfilling our mission. Within this strategic plan, a new learning model “Learning the Union Way,” will be launched at all grade levels to focus on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social/emotional learning.

Thanks to the passage of the multi-year $128.6 million bond issue this past school year, our 1:1 technology initiative, math and literacy adoptions, and instructional and safety programs will be implemented and will enhance our teaching and learning environments. Included in this bond issue were funds to complete Union’s newest community school, Ellen Ochoa Elementary, and address our space and facility needs at the high school and district level in fine arts and athletics.

I am truly honored to serve beside such highly committed staff and the Board of Education who are unwavering in our mission and in the success of your child. We also greatly value the trust and support of our families and the Union community, for this we believe – “Together We Make a Difference.”

Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler
Board of Education President Jeff Bennett and Board members Ken Kinnear, Heather McAdams, Lisa Ford and Stacey Roemerman