Why We Do It


The mission of USEF is to support Union Public Schools, its vision, and the students it serves.


Foundation History

The Union Schools Education Foundation was organized in 1991 by parents and administrators who were dedicated to making investments in education and enhancing the quality of life in our community and state. The foundation would supplement the funding of school endeavors. There were 10,000 students in the district at the time.


The Foundation’s early fundraising activities included a performance puppet group from China, selling videos of graduation, backyard cookouts, and selling bricks from the original Union High School. The funds at that time were used to fund teacher grants, a program that is still in existence.


Students at Union High School need your support.

Much has changed over the past 26 years.  Smartboards have replaced chalkboards. Texting has replaced passing notes. Landlines and encyclopedias are a thing of the past while smart phones and internet are intrinsic to our lives.  Southeast Tulsa has transformed into a booming city center with a variety of restaurants, retail shops, businesses, and neighborhoods serving a vibrant and diverse population — all in the heart of the Union Public School district.  


Throughout this evolution, ONE very important thing remains the same:  the role of Union Schools Education Foundation to support Union Public Schools. 


We still believe in our teachers and students.


We still support academic excellence in the classrooms.


We still believe in providing strong financial support to public schools to ensure a bright future for the entire community.


We still envision a community where ALL children deserve access to high quality education.  

We are here to help Union Public Schools achieve the goal of graduating 100% of their students, college and/or career ready! This audacious task is achieved through USEF’s investment in four main areas of focus, as outlined by the district’s strategic plan:  


  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Community Schools

  • College/Career Readiness

Today, the Foundation has grown to host an endowment of $1.5 million with a governing board of more than thirty trustees comprised of  corporate partners, local business owners, parents, and Union staff.  During their three-year term, these dedicated individuals work alongside the Director and within their committees to fulfill the Foundation’s goal of serving Union Public Schools.

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The USEF 2020/2021 Board of Trustees

Darren Burns

USEF President

Wallace Engineering

Lyndsey Reyes

USEF President-Elect

James Mission

Benjamin Reynolds

USEF Past-President/Treasurer

Bank of Oklahoma

Brett Benge

USEF Secretary

JP Morgan Chase

       Union Public Schools

  • Steve Click
    Metro Appliance & More

  • Lisa Ford

        City of Broken Arrow

        UPS Board of Education

  • Dr. Kirt Hartzler
    Union Public Schools

  • Mike Lyles

       First National Bank of Coweta

  • Ashley Madewell

       Hard Rock Resort

  • Kenny Moore

       Union Public Schools​

  • Kristen Moore

      Bank of Oklahoma

  • Steve Nguyen

        Tulsa Tech

  • Mark Steele

        Mark Steel Creative

  • Kendra Thompson

        ​Tulsa Community College

  • Misty Thurman
    Oil Capital Electric

  • Tracy Weese

        Union Public Schools

  • Steve Zenthoefer

      Community Volunteer 

  • Chris Payne

        Union Public Schools

  • Leigh Roy

        Community Volunteer

  • Kulsum Siddiqui
    Union Public Schools

  • Susan Simpson

        Williams Companies

  • Josie Starnella
    Cancer Treatment Centers
    of America


School History

Founded in 1919, Union Public Schools originally combined several rural communities and had only four students in its graduating class. Today, it is the eighth largest district in Oklahoma with more than 16,000 students enrolled.

Our district is unique in that it does not have a downtown or main street. Our PreK through 12th grade students reside within a 28-square-mile boundary encompassing both southeast Tulsa and a portion of Broken Arrow.

Parents choose the Union district for its all-around excellence: dynamic academic programs, award-winning athletics and fine arts, highly respected leaders, remarkable facilities, and organizational effectiveness. Our Community Schools, which are elementary schools complete with health clinics and services from community agencies, serve as a model to other districts nationwide.

District Statistics

The following statistics are derived from the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.

Source: www.unionps.org/statistics (Published Oct. 2016)

Union - at a glance

16,000 students, 1,900 employees.


The Union School District has 19 school sites.

Our diverse population represents 62 different languages

We currently have a 4-year cohort 90% graduation rate.

The number of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch has steadily increased and is currently at 70%.

A record 3,370 students from NE Oklahoma were served in Union’s Adult Education Program through GED, TANF, and ELL programming. 

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