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Screenshot from video of Mayor G.T. Bynum's flyover of downtown Tulsa on Sept. 18 or as we call it 918 Day.

When you make a career at Union Public Schools, you are also making a choice to live in one of the best places in the United States.

The Greater Tulsa City Area boasts bustling parks like A Gathering Place and Guthrie Green, nationally recognized venues including the BOK CenterBrady Theater and Cain’s Ballroom, a rich history of architecture and art, and a strong network of faith-based organizations and community support networks. See a list of just some of the offerings the area has to offer.

Dining options run the gamut, housing options are abundant and the cost of living is among the best in the nation. Many people are drawn to Tulsa's relatively low cost of living and stay because of everything else the metro area has to offer. The median home sale price sits well below the national median*. *U.S. News & World Report

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Families enjoy taking kids to the Tulsa ZooOxley Nature Center and the Oklahoma Aquarium. Master gardeners tout the Tulsa Botanic Garden, and Tulsa Garden Center. Hiking and biking enthusiasts take advantage of scenic views along River Parks and Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area.

Sports fans can take in a Tulsa Drillers baseball game or Tulsa Oilers hockey game, not to mention some of the best college sports matches in the country. And, it is just a short drive to Oklahoma City to catch an NBA game courtesy of The Thunder.

TulsaTulsa's Spirit of High Expectations

"All of our efforts are helping to make Tulsa the best place to live, work, and raise a family. Together, we’re building a world-class city that will benefit us both now and for future generations." - Mayor G.T. Bynum


Download VisionTulsa for a comprehensive view on the growing Tulsa community. 
Vision 2020 contains information on the arts, living and lifestyles, neighbors, sports, housing, demographics, educaton, transportation, utilities, healthcare and much, much more.


 

Choose Tulsa - A Guide to Relocating to the Tulsa Region

Welcome to Tulsa, where East Coast sophistication, southern charm and western quirkiness thrive in a city built on the fortunes of oil barons and are seeded with the cultural affluence they brought to the heart of the Wild West. It’s a city where musicians and artists coexist with cowboys and business executives, where coats and ties go with jeans, where locals brag they have been to the “Center of the Universe” and where lakegoers, mountain bikers and backpackers finish their weekends with an opera and a meal at a fivestar restaurant.

It’s a city whose low cost of living and short commutes times — the second-shortest among major American cities — go hand-in-hand with its walking districts, museums, music venues, parks and schools, fostering a quality of life that has garnered accolades from a host of national publications.

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Tulsans have an undeniable respect for the rich history upon which this city was built, and like those who built the former “Oil Capital of the World,” they are transforming the city’s landscape again today. Nestled between the lush Ozark hills and miles of wild prairie, this former oil boom town anchors a bustling metropolis of about 1 million residents who have embraced a new boom: One of culture, downtown revitalization, thriving entertainment districts and a renewed optimism for the future of what has been called America’s most beautiful city.

An architectural masterpiece, the BOK Center, and a new baseball park spurred the rebirth of Tulsa’s downtown five years ago, and today, downtown’s landscape is changing by the minute as caches of oil boom-era art deco buildings are refurbished, and as new restaurants and nightlife venues reinvigorate the city’s core. We invite you to be part of the story. We’re Tulsans, and we’re happy you’re here. *Source: Tulsa Chamber of Commerce

Livin' on Tulsa Time

When you move here, you are - like the song says - livin' on Tulsa Time.  Union Public Schools values you and the community. Union Schools is one of the leading contributors to the Tulsa Area United Way, and encourages its staff to get involved in the community life from youth sports programs to faith-based activities. You will not go wanting. Whether you live in Tulsa or a neighboring community like Broken Arrow, you are welcome here.

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Links of Interest Best New Attraction - The Gathering Place

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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