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Board Report - August 14

Board of Education

Dr. Federline Named Deputy Superintendent

Board members named Dr. John Federline Deputy Superintendent for the district at the conclusion of their meeting.

Federline, who recently earned his Doctor of Education, had been serving as an assistant superintendent.

A lifelong student at Union, Federline graduated from Union High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Oklahoma State University. He earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University.

Federline’s career in education began at Bixby High School where he spent 12 years as a teacher and a coach. He came to Union as an assistant principal at the Intermediate High School in 2005 and moved to the High School in 2007. In 2011, he was named the principal of the 9th Grade Center (now called the Union High School Freshman Academy), a position he held through spring 2018 when he was named executive director of Secondary Education.

He was named assistant superintendent in November 2021, guiding the district in the development of Union’s new 5-year strategic plan for 2023-2028, which was adopted by the Board of Education on Monday, July 10.

Board Members Accept Bid for HVAC Work at High School Gym

The Board of Education approved $267,526 from Forrest Shoemaker Air Conditioning, Inc., for HVAC dehumidification in the High School gymnasium.

An external HVAC remote terminal unit (RTU) will be added to the gymnasium roof to assist with air conditioning the gymnasium, according to Fred Isaacs, director of Construction Services. The gym is a rather large area and during low occupancy time, the existing HVAC equipment “short cycles” and does not properly dehumidify the space. The new unit will work during this time and keep the temperature and humidity levels more consistent during non-peak use. 

The other item of work will be to upgrade the floor plan graphics within the building automation system for the entire facility. The district does not currently have graphic floor plans for the older areas of the high school. This will allow us to better monitor and control space temperature in the high school. 

Board Members Approve JOC With Reco Construction for Future Work Around Union

The Board of Education approved a JOC, or job order contract, with Recon Construction for $250,000 for future work around the district.

The contract allows the district to complete multiple minor renovation and small capital improvement projects throughout the district under one contract, Isaacs explained. Since approval, the district has completed seven projects for $77,223. To continue to utilize the contract, the board is asked to approve future expenditures that will not exceed a total of $250,000.00.  Each project will be identified and packaged into deliverables and priced based on the agreement of the contract approved in April.  The original bid opening was on February 16, 2023, where 357 Inc., dba Reco Construction, was awarded the bid.

In a separate matter, the Board approved the purchase of 65 new interactive panels from Trafera for $128,375. Throughout the district, teachers rely on the ability to demonstrate instruction on large electronic displays.  Many teachers are using equipment that is at least 10 to 15 years old.  This old infrastructure has become very difficult to support and for teachers to trust that it will work every day, explained Todd Borland, executive director of Information Technology.   

This purchase through bond funds will provide 10 65-inch NewLine interactive panels and 55 75-inch NewLine interactive panels for use throughout the district.

Board Renews Contract with Canvas Learning System

The Board of Education approved a two-year renewal with Canvas Learning Management System for $407,908, using bond funds.

Canvas provides all secondary teachers with a robust and secure platform to deliver content, engage students, and assess student progress.  Canvas also provides parents access not only to grades but allows them to view the work their student submits.  Canvas fully integrates with Infinite Campus for rostering and gradebooks.

The software renewal will continue to provide the district with a superior testing platform for CRT assessments. Teachers and curriculum specialists will have access to test items (questions) that are aligned to the Oklahoma state standards to facilitate the efficient development and use of classroom and district assessments. The assessments will be used to gather data on student mastery of learning outcomes for all grade levels in core subjects, on which teachers can make formative instructional decisions.

In a separate matter, Board members approved the expenditure of $1.47 million to purchase textbooks, supplemental curriculum, and software for the 2023-2024 school year, using bond funds as approved by voters.