Posted Date: 06/15/2020
School Board tweaks start & end times for some schools
The Board of Education approved minor changes to start and end times for the school year for 6th-9th grades. No changes were made to times for Union High School or elementary school sites.
New Start and End Times
• 7:40 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. All Elementary Schools (no change)
• 8:10 a.m. – 3:11 p.m. High School (no change)
• 8:15 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. Union HS Freshman Academy (was 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
• 9:00 a.m. – 3:44 p.m. 8th Grade (was 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
• 9:05 a.m. – 3:47 p.m. 7th Grade (was 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
• 9:35 a.m. – 4:17 p.m. 6th Grade (was 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
Assistant Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead said, “After last year’s times were changed, a few adjustments were necessary to accommodate busing and breakfast meal delivery in order for students to be in class when school started. In addition, some of the end times have been adjusted to equalize the number of minutes/hours at each site.”
Bushyhead noted the start time change for sixth and seventh graders went into effect last January.
Heather Federline named principal of Rosa Parks Elementary
Board members formally approved naming Heather Federline as principal of Rosa Parks Elementary. Superintendent Dr. Hartzler made the announcement late last month.
Federline has been with Union for 21 years and has served as an assistant principal for the past eight.
Federline replaces Jackie DuPont, who has left Union to work for Opportunity Project, a non-profit organization.
Clayton Hucke, who was named interim principal at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center, 10100 E. 61st Street, last winter, has been named a full-time principal at the school site.
Board names CareATC as new clinic provider for Union employees
The Board approved Tulsa-based CareATC as the new provider for Union’s employee clinic, replacing the University of Oklahoma, which provided clinic services for many years. CareATC Inc. is a leading innovator in the health technology sector providing on-site and shared-site medical clinics. They have seven locations in the Tulsa area, managing more than 150 clients in 35 states and caring for more than 300,000 patients.
Beginning September 1, 2020, CareATC under the agreement will provide national shared site clinic services to Union PPO employees and their covered dependents.
“The insurance/clinic committee went through an extensive RFP process this year after we were informed by OU physicians that they no longer wished to run our employee clinic,” said Jay Loegering, executive director of Human Resources. “After reviewing the costs associated with maintaining our own clinic and other options presented by the finalists, it was determined that Union employees would be best served by utilizing Tulsa-based CareATC and their seven clinics in the Tulsa area.”
Loegering said CareATC offers incredible service, up-to-date technology including its own app that allows employees to make real-time appointments at any of the CareATC clinics, as well as the option of tele-health visits without having to leave their building. Additionally, Dr. Connie Lane is in negotiations to join the staff at CareATC, so there is a strong possibility employees will have the opportunity to be seen by Dr. Lane.
Employees and their dependents who are on the PPO plan will also have the ability to visit any of the CareATC clinics nationwide. The copay to visit CareATC clinics will be changed to a $0 copay. Employees will be able to continue to receive no-cost generic prescription medications, as well as savings from ancillary services or direct contract facilities that the Clinic recommends (like Envision and Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute). By educating our employee patients that these direct contract facilities are available at reduced costs to the employee, it not only saves the employee out-of-pocket costs, but also results in savings to Union's self-insured Plan.
Board approves purchases of textbooks, instructional materials
As Union closes out one year and prepares for another, the Board approved a slew of agreements and contracts, including the purchase of up to $1.6 million for new textbooks out of general funds and up to an additional $1.6 million for new textbooks out of bond funds. Most of the approvals involved routine renewals or purchases of items that occur every summer.
Among these items, the Board:
• Approved a five-year software license with QuaverMusic.com for curriculum software for the fine arts department for $115,150 from bond funds.
• Approved a contract with Seesaw Learning System for $66,615 from bond funds. This software platform geared toward elementary students can be used in the classroom and in the event that Distance Learning becomes necessary. “We looked at several different options and this is the one that proved most useful,” said Gart Morris, Executive Director of Instructional Technology.
• Renewed a subscription with Follett School Solutions-Destiny Library Management for $78,885 from bond funds.
• Approved the purchase of a ManageEngine Desktop management license from ZOHO Corp., for $59,283 from bond funds.
• Approved software licenses from mentoring Minds, L.P., for $59,089 from bond funds.
• Approved the purchase of Project Lead The Way instructional materials for $300,000 from bond funds.
• Approved the purchase of 260 NewLine interactive panels from Trinity 3 for $415,000 from bond funds.