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Board Report - July 8


Posted Date: 07/09/2019

Board names Meghan Bender Director of Student Life; names four others to intern as assistant principals

The Board of Education named Meghan Bender Director of Student Life for Union Public Schools. She previously served as assistant principal at the 6th/7th Grade Center. Bender’s duties will include overseeing student activities for Union High School including commencement.

Bender replaces Mike Rose, who resigned in June to become athletic director for Sapulpa Public Schools. A Union lifer, Bender graduated from Union High School in 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Oklahoma State University, and taught in Tulsa and Owasso Public Schools before joining Union in 2015. She earned her master’s degree at Southern Nazarene University.

The Board of Education also appointed four people to be administrative assistant principal interns. They include (pictured below):

  • Teresa Besses at Ellen Ochoa Elementary
  • Kaitlyn Bueno at the 6th/7th Grade Center
  • Danika Bushyhead at the 8th Grade Center; and
  • Rebekah Johnson Boyer at Union High School.

The Board of Education also appointed four people to be administrative assistant principal interns.

Dewberry Architects, Inc., submits final designs for High School renovations

The Board of Education accepted final architectural design services from Dewberry Architects, Inc., for the High School expansion and renovation project for $2,623,466. Funding will come from bond funds approved by voters.

Much of the work will focus on plans to build a new football stadium and band building.. The current stadium will be demolished after the football season ends in fall 2019 as Union rebuilds a stadium that can handle larger crowds and provide better access to all of its patrons.

In other construction news, Reco Construction was awarded the contract to do exterior work at McAuliffe Elementary School for $86,755. This work will include new paint on all building surfaces and the installation of new LED exterior lights.

Board members also awarded a contract to Construction Enterprises, Inc., for $363,711 to put in new digital marquees at Andersen, Boevers, Grove, Jarman, McAuliffe, Moore, Rosa Parks and Roy Clark elementary schools. Old marquees will be removed for surplus.

And finally, Board members awarded a contract to Magnum Construction, Inc., to replace pavement at the Union High School Freshman Academy, Operations area, and in front of the Union Collegiate Academy for a total of $198,510.

State champions recognized

Athletic Director Emily Barkley recognized Union’s 2019 state champions in track and girls’ tennis at last night’s board meeting.

Under the direction of Head Coach Tyler Ashley and Assistant Coach Paula Baugher, junior Ashley Barber and freshman Savanna Rogers are state champions for the first time in Lady Redskin tennis history.  The #2 doubles duo defeated Bixby (6-2, 6-2) in the championship match after beating Yukon (6-1, 6-0) in the quarterfinals and Deer Creek (6-2, 7-6) in the semifinals.  As a team, the Lady Redskins set and broke many girls’ tennis records and scored the most team points ever at a state tournament, finishing in 3rd place.

Under the director of Head Coach Steve Patterson, senior J.T. McCloud dominated the sprint events at the state track meet, bringing home the gold in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.  J.T. finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.59 and the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.36.  J.T. is also a member of the 1600-meter relay team, which also won the state championship on May 11.  J.T. will continue his athletic career at the University of Utah on a football scholarship.

Seniors J.T. McCloud, Spencer Shadle, Adam Leon, and D’Antre Harrison brought home the gold in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:20.09 at the OSSAA Class 6A state track meet in Moore.  The boys’ track team finished the meet in 3rd 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

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