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Board Report - July 8

Originally posted July 9, 2019

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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.


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.