Union Seeking Voter Approval for $20.4 Million School Bond Feb. 12

Union Seeking Voter Approval for $20.4 Million School Bond Feb. 12

Union Public Schools is asking its patrons to consider approval of a school bond issue totaling $20.4 million in an election on Lincoln’s Birthday, Tuesday, February 12. In order to pass, a 60-percent supermajority is required. Passage will not increase taxes.

The bond funds would pay for the completion of an expanded fine arts wing at the 6th//7th Grade Center, replacement of the old High School track facility, computer software, textbooks, technology upgrades, and other needs for the district.

“Union is continuing to grow so additional classrooms and activity areas are critical for students to be successful, safe, and productive,” Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden said. “The February 12 bond issue will add on to the fine arts construction project at the 6/7th Grade Center to build needed classroom and office space. Bond issue funding will also upgrade the track facilities at the High School and incorporate a turfed infield for practice space for the band and others.”

Annual bond issues are the standard at Union to provide technology-rich classrooms and quality facilities for athletics, fine arts, and all schools, Burden stated. Because technology continues to be an important tool in schools and computers are required for state-mandated testing, it is important that bond issues provide funding to keep us current with hardware and software, she said.

“Union’s history of bond support has provided excellent facilities, equipment, and learning tools. We appreciate that confidence in the district and investment in our students and encourage you to again assist every student at every school by voting on Lincoln’s birthday. The bond issue is the way that local citizens and parents can ensure good schools without raising taxes,” Burden said.

Union is asking patrons who are not registered to vote to register through the Tulsa County Election Board by January 18. Completed registration forms must be postmarked by January 18. Patrons can obtain a registration form at any Union school site, the Union Education Service Center, or the Tulsa County Election Board. For more information, call the Tulsa County Election Board at 918-596-5780.

For more information about the bond propositions including a list of all the proposed needs, visit Bond Issue 2013 on the district website at www.unionps.org.

Updated 01-09-2013

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