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Board Report - October 14


Posted Date: 10/15/2019

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Board schedules Zone 5 election for next year

The Board of Education scheduled the upcoming primary election for District #5 on February 11, 2020.

The seat is currently held by Ken Kinnear, who also serves as president of the Board. In the past, board member elections have coincided with annual bond elections, but Union passed a five-year bond initiative in 2018 instead of asking voters to consider bond elections annually over the next five years.

During the 2018 legislative session, H.B. 2082, effective November 1, 2018, changed the requirements for primary and general elections of school board members.  If more than two qualified candidates file for the position, a primary election will be held on February 11, 2020.  If a candidate in the primary receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast, that candidate shall be elected to the Board of Education and no general election shall be necessary. If necessary, the general election would be April 7, 2020.

Union to purchase laptops for 8th Grade Center

In an effort to provide digital devices for all students as part of the district’s 1-to-1 initiative, Board members approved the purchase of 238 laptops for student use at the Union 8th Grade Center.

Trinity 3 won the bid for $89,488. Todd Borland, executive director of technology, said the devices are the same laptops already being used with the program now.

Efforts by K-12 schools to give every student a laptop computer (called “1-to-1”) have been shown to increase student achievement in English/Language Arts, writing, math, and science.  In August 2018, Union made considerable progress toward this goal by distributing laptops to all students at the 9th Grade Center.  As of September, every Union student in grades 9-12 has the use of a computer 24/7. This will enable teachers to deliver more personalized content to students, boost their technology skills, and empower young people to do more complex and creative work. 

The district also began testing 1-to-1 in elementary grades with the distribution of iPads to students in grades pre-K – 5 at Boevers Elementary.

In other action, the Board:

  • Approved the purchase of Manage Engine perpetual licenses from Zoho Corporation for $209,018. The licenses will help Union’s Technology Department to manage up to 10,000 computers with windows updates and other features.
  • Approved payment of $216,734 to Tulsa County for the annual visual inspection fee.

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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