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Board Report - December 11

Pictured are members of the Union Public Schools Board of Education, from left to right, President Heather McAdams, Superinte
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Board Of Education Approves Changes to Board Policy

The Board of Education on second reading Monday, December 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board began considering revisions at a first reading last month. (See revisions here; revisions will be marked in red.)

Changes were made to the discrimination policy, English Learners program, student records, parental involvement rights and more. The public may direct comments to board@unionps.org.

Incumbent Stacey Roemerman to Face Challenger for Zone 4 Office

Two people have filed for office for the Zone 4 seat on the Union Board of Education.

Incumbent Stacey Roemerman, currently vice president on the Board, filed for re-election. She faces challenger, Anthony Jones, who has also filed. He is the husband of Jean Jones, who has been a long-time member of Union’s various PTA chapters and PTA Council committees.

The election will be conducted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. The deadline to register to vote in that election is March 8, 2024. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot for that election is March 18, 2024.

In other action related to the Board, the Board approved Board of Education meeting dates for the 2024 calendar year:

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024 (*MLK Holiday – Monday, January 15, 2024)
  • Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Monday, March 11, 2024
  • Monday, April 1, 2024 (NSBA – Apr. 5-8, 2024)
  • Monday, May 13, 2024
  • Monday, June 10, 2024
  • Monday, July 8, 2024
  • Monday, August 12, 2024
  • Monday, September 9, 2024
  • Monday, October 14, 2024
  • Monday, November 11, 2024
  • Monday, December 9, 2024

All regularly scheduled meetings are to be held at the Union Public Schools Education Service Center Board Room, 8506 E. 61st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Union Approves Capacity Levels for Out-of-District Transfers

Union’s board approved the capacity levels by school and grade level for out-of-district transfers as required under Senate Bill 783.

The calculations are based on current class sizes with existing staff members for general education classes and do not reflect counts of all special programs, certain English Learner classes, and certain special education classes.

Capacity levels will be available on the district’s website at https://www.unionps.org/transfers.

 

Board Members Approve 2023-2024 Early Retirement Incentive Program; Accept Audit Report

The Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Early Retirement Incentive program for employees, which will help the district save more than $90,920.  

Whereas the ERI program is designed for savings over a two-year period, the cost to fund the 2023-2024 program for certified personnel is $625,301. In a similar program for support personnel, the funding cost would be $77,672.

As of this writing, five teachers, four support employees and five administrators have signed up for the incentive.

In a separate matter, the Board accepted the 2022-2023 annual audit report by RSM US, LLP. Auditors found that Union complied, in all material respects, with requirements affecting each of its programs for the year ending June 30, 2023.

In other action, the Board:

  • Accepted the bid for roof replacement at the Education Service Center from Elevated Commercial Services for $717,688. The existing roof is original to the building, has many issues and is overdue for replacement. Destructive testing revealed the roofing moisture barrier and insulation have been compromised due to moisture penetration and migration underneath the roof substrate which requires a full replacement. A complete tear-off of the existing roof down to the metal deck will occur. The new roof will include a modern polystyrene insulation and a high-performance APP modified bituminous roofing system membrane. The project will occur in phases to limit disruption to employees.
  • Accepted a proposal from Construction Management Services from Flintco, LLC for the 8th Grade Center’s upcoming kitchen renovation project at cost of about $4.97 million. The project will consist of a complete renovation and expansion of the kitchen. Areas of expansion include the serving area, the food preparation area, and the food cooking area. The renovation will greatly improve the food quality and menu variety, as well as food preparation efficiency, according to Fred Isaacs, Director of Construction Services.
  • Approved the purchase of a 14-passenger lift bus from Holt Truck Centers for $129,212 for special education.

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