Union Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Union Public Schools
Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Union Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Kirt Hartzler
Enrollment:14,931 students
Graduation rate:88.5%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $101.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Scott McDaniel
Board members:5
Term length:5
Union Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that serves Tulsa County. It is the 8th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 14,931 students in 19 schools with an operating budget of $101.9 million.[1]

About the district

Union Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Union Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. According to the United States Census Bureau, Tulsa County is home to 603,403 residents.[2] Union is the 8th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 14,931 students during the 2010-11 school year.[3]

Demographics

Tulsa County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5% of Tulsa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Tulsa County was $47,845 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.4% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Tulsa County (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 74.2 75.5
Black or African American 10.9 7.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.5 9.0
Asian 2.5 1.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.7 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 11.4 9.3

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 129,137 37.1
Republican 175,008 50.3
Independent 43,625 12.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Union Public Schools is Dr. Kirt Hartzler, who was appointed to the position in July 2013. Hartzler holds a Bachelor’s degree from Evangel University and a Master’s degree from Northeastern State University. His doctorate in educational administration is from Oklahoma State University. He has held the positions of teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education and assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning. Prior to his appointment, he served as Union's deputy superintendent.[6]

School board

The Union School Board has five members that are elected by zone to five-year terms. They receive no compensation for their duties.[7]

Union School Board
Member Role Zone Term Ends
Scott McDaniel President Zone 4 2014
Jeff Bennett Vice President Zone 1 2016
Patrick Coyle Member Zone 2 2017
Heather McAdams Member Zone 3 2018
Ed Payton Member Zone 5 2015

School board elections

See also: Union Public Schools elections (2014)

One seat on the Union School Board was scheduled to be up for election on November 5, 2013, however the election was canceled because the incumbent was running unopposed. One seat will be up for election in 2015 and one seat will be up in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Union School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

Patrons may address the Board during regular meetings under two specific areas of the agenda, one addressing items posted on the agenda and the other about any item concerning the district. Speakers must sign in within the 15-minute period before the Board meeting to be heard. The president may establish the order for speakers. During this time, each speaker is given a maximum of three minutes. Members of the Board are not allowed to respond to comments from the floor, and no vote or action may be taken on issues raised. [8]

Budget

Union Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $61,251,458 62.7% $5,768,439 5.9% $30,653,267 31.4% $0 0% $88,450 0.1% $97,761,615
2012-2013 $65,905,594 64.7% $6,416,911 6.3% $29,137,515 28.6% $0 0% $429,120 0.4% $101,889,141
Averages: $63,578,526 64% $6,092,675 6% $29,895,391 30% $0 0% $258,785 0% $99,825,378

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule:[9]

Salary Structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 31,600 50,517
BA + 15 31,750 51,461
MA 32,800 54,693
MA + 15 32,850 55,492
MA + 30 33,000 56,397
Doctorate 34,000 58,918

Schools in Union Public Schools

Enrollment

Union Public Schools serves 14,931 students, as of 2010-2011 enrollment data. Union Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Union Public Schools operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Union Public Schools
Anderson Elementary School
Boevers Elementary School
Briarglen Elementary School
Cedar Ridge Elementary School
Darnaby Elementary School
Early Childhood Center
Grove Elementary School
Jarman Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
McAuliffe Elementary School
Moore Elementary School
Peters Elementary School
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Union Alternative School
Union 6th/7th Grade Center
Union 8th Grade Center
Union 9th Grade Center
Union High School

Issues

Witchcraft allegation

In 2000, Brandi Blackbear, a student at Union Intermediate High School, was suspended for allegedly casting a hex on a teacher that caused him to fall ill. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a $10 million lawsuit against the district on her behalf, stating that "casting a spell" was not sufficient grounds for suspension. The case also stated that the district violated her rights by taking her notebook used to write horror stories and prohibiting her from expressing her interest in Wicca. Joann Bell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma said, "I for one would like to see the so-called evidence this school has that a 15-year-old girl made a grown man sick by casting a magic spell." The district alleged that Blackbear was summoned to Assistant Principal Charlie Bushyhead's because she was "disrupting the education process." She had been suspended once before for such reasons. Blackbear and the ACLU eventually dropped the lawsuit.[11][12]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Oklahoma school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated on 25 September, 2012

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Taxes
    • Tax revenue is published in the budget.[1]
    • Local tax rates that fund the schools are listed in CAFR reports.[13]
  • Budget
    • 2011 – 2012 budget is posted[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting dates and locations are available[14]
    • Agendas are archived for three years[14]
  • Elected Officials
    • Board Members are listed with names, email addresses, and phone numbers[15]
    • A physical address is provided on the "Contact Us" page.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with names and email addresses.[16]
    • Physical addresses are provided under the "Contact Us" page.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Employee contracts and salary schedules are posted.[18]
  • Audits
    • Annual financial audit is posted and archived for three years.[13]
  • Public records
  • Academic performance
    • District report cards are posted.[20]
  • Background checks
    • Criminal history record check information is included in the Board Policy Manual.[21]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budget is not archived for three years
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not available
  • Contracts
    • Bids and contracts over $10,000 are not listed.


Contact information

Union Public Schools logo.jpg
Union School Board
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: (918) 357-4321

See also

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