Union Public Schools, Oklahoma
|Union Public Schools|
|Tulsa County, Oklahoma|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Kirt Hartzler|
|Number of schools:||19|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Scott McDaniel|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Union Public Schools
- 7 Issues
- 8 Website evaluation
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtTulsa 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. Union is the 8th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 14,931 students during the 2010-11 school year.
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.
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.
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.
The Union School Board has five members that are elected by zone to five-year terms. They receive no compensation for their duties.
|Union School Board|
|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:
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. 
Union Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|BA + 15||31,750||51,461|
|MA + 15||32,850||55,492|
|MA + 30||33,000||56,397|
Schools in Union Public Schools
Union Public Schools serves 14,931 students, as of 2010-2011 enrollment data. Union Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Union Public Schools operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
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.
- Main article: Evaluation of Oklahoma school district websites
This website was most recently evaluated on 25 September, 2012
|Transparency grading process|
- 2011 – 2012 budget is posted
- Elected Officials
- Board Members are listed with names, email addresses, and phone numbers
- A physical address is provided on the "Contact Us" page.
- Administrative Officials
- Employee contracts and salary schedules are posted.
- Annual financial audit is posted and archived for three years.
- Public records
- Academic performance
- District report cards are posted.
- Background checks
- Criminal history record check information is included in the Board Policy Manual.
- Budget is not archived for three years
- Meeting minutes are not available
- Bids and contracts over $10,000 are not listed.
- School board elections portal
- Union Public Schools elections (2014)
- List of school districts in Oklahoma
- Union Public Schools, "Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget Presentation," accessed November 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Tulsa County, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Union Public Schools, "Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D., Superintendent," accessed January 29, 2014
- Union Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 29, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Union Public Schools, "Salary Schedules," accessed January 29, 2014
- Union Public Schools, "Home," accessed January 30, 2014
- Patrick H. Moore, All Things Crime, "Oklahoma High School Student Suspended for ‘Casting a Spell’?" January 12, 2014
- Staff, ACLU, "ACLU of Oklahoma Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Student Accused of "Hexing" a Teacher," October 26, 2000
- Union Public Schools, Board Meetings and Agendas
- Union Public Schools, OK — Board of Education
- Union Public Schools, "Contact Us," accessed September 25, 2012
- Open Records
- Report Cards
- Board Policy Book