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January 25, 2021

Dear Union Springs CSD Families:

Today we learned that two of our student at AJ Smith are subject to a mandatory quarantine as a result of contact tracing, due to their interactions outside of school with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.  The Cayuga County Department of Health will be supporting these students in the coming days, and unless these students test positive themselves, the Cayuga County Health Department protocol states that additional contract tracing at school is not necessary at this time.
Further, we learned that one of our remote middle school students has tested positive for the corona virus.  This student has not been in school for in-person learning this school year.

The Cayuga County Health Department determines if contact tracing, and/or quarantining is warranted.  Our district’s obligation to our school community is to support contact tracing by providing information if requested by the health department.

Additionally, we tested 40 students for COVID-19 based on parental consent.  All students tested, were negative.  This represents about 5% of our overall student population.

I share this information in an effort to be transparent regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our schools. We will continue to clean and disinfect our buildings, and encourage all of our students to continue to wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained.  Please do not come to school if you are experiencing any symptoms.

If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 procedures, please check our website under the Reopening Plans and Updates & COVID Protocol Information header. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our school open and our students safe.
                                                                                                        Jarett Powers                                                                                                        

Monday, 1/25: Pre-K A Group, K-5, 6-12, A Group
Tuesday, 1/26: Pre-K A Group, K-5, 6-12 B Group
Wednesday, 1/27: No Pre-K, K-5, 6-12, A Group
Thursday, 1/28: Pre-K B Group, K-5, 6-12, B Group
Friday, 1/29: Pre-K B Group, K-5, 6-12 A Group


To view our full MS/HS A/B Day Monthly Calendar, please click here!

We need substitute cleaners! If you are interested, please contact Valerie Castiglia at or 315-889-4100

At this time, any new elementary entrants to our district will be assigned to remote learning until space opens for additional in-person classroom instruction. The secondary grades have very few in-person spaces available, and new entrants may be assigned to remote learning as well. We have tried our best to meet everyone's requests for both in-person and remote learning, but we simply do not have the flexibility to keep up with an influx of new students who are now requesting in-person instruction.

Business Office


Mr. Mike Wurster
Assistant Superintendent
Union Springs Central School
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, NY 13160

Phone Number (315) 889-4157
Fax Number (315) 889-4156

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Attention Property Owners Age 65 & Over: New York State has made changes to STAR exemptions starting with the 2019-2020 School Year

NYS Brochure: 2019 Changes to STAR Exemptions for Property Owners Age 65 and Over

To receive the Enhanced STAR exemption, you must enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP).
If you are receiving the Basic STAR exemption and are eligible for the Enhanced STAR exemption this year, you must apply for the Enhanced STAR exemption and enroll in the IVP. You only need to enroll in the IVP once.

If you already receive the Enhanced STAR exemption:
If you are already enrolled in the Income Verification Program (IVP), you don’t need to take any action to continue receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption.
If you have been receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption but are not yet enrolled in the Income Verification Program, you must renew your application for the Enhanced STAR exemption and enroll in the IVP.

Senior citizens exemption recipients must apply for Enhanced STAR separately.
Due to changes in New York State law, beginning with applications for the 2019-2020 school year, you must file for the senior citizens exemption separately and annually with your, even if you have already been receiving it.

Deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 School Year: March 1, 2019

Forms can be downloaded from the Tax Department’s website at or picked up at your local assessor’s office.

Contact your local assessor with any questions.

The business office is directly responsible for all financial management, budgeting, investment of funds, insurances, census, accounting, purchasing, and compliance with New York State and Federal reporting requirements.

In addition, the businee office is generally responsible for the oversight of most non-instructional services such as: capital projects, building and grounds, transportation, food services, records management (including all Freedom of Information requests), worker's compensation, voting, legal matters, and health and safety issues.

Purchasing and contracting for all services, equipment, and supplies are handled through this office in accordance with New York State regulations.


Union Springs Central School District follows the uniform system of accounts for school districts as prescribed by the Office of the Comptroller.

The district uses funds and account groups to report on its financial position and the results of its operations. Fund accounting is designed to demonstrate legal compliance and aid financial management by segregating transactions related to certain functions or activities.

Union Springs has the following funds:

  • General Fund
  • School Lunch Fund
  • Special Revenue Funds
  • Capital Project Fund
  • Debt Service Fund
  • Trust and Agency Fund


Union Springs Central School District follows the uniform system of accounts. Account numbers are determined by the State Comptroller's Office.
Every account has to number be 14 digits long.

The first digit is a letter representing the Fund.

A - General Fund
C - School Lunch Fund
F - Special Revenue Funds
H - Capital Projects
T - Trust and Agency

The next four are for the function. Function is the general category the expenditure is for such as instruction, transportation, or administration.

The next three are the object. Object describes the type of expenditure, such as salary, supplies, or equipment.

The next two are the location.

The last four are for local use and often repeat the function.


Responsibility of Boards of Education to Prepare Budgets
It shall be the duty of the Board of Education to present at the public hearing the proposed budget. The Board of Education must present the budget in three components: 

  1. Program Component
  2. Capital Component
  3. Administrative Component

The budget must be written in plain language. Categories of revenues and expenditures as well as comparison data from the prior year's budget must be set forth in such a manner as to best promote comprehension and readability.

Development of Budget

The Superintendent will have overall responsibility for budget preparation, including the construction of and adherence to a budget calendar. Department managers will develop and submit budget requests for their particular areas of responsibility.
Principals will develop and submit budget requests for their particular schools in conjunction with the advice and suggestions of staff members.
Estimates of state aid must be projected largely on the basis of current legislation. Property taxes are estimated based upon the anticipated assessment value of the district.

The proposed budget is reviewed by the superintendent and recommended to the Board of Education. The Board of Education approves the budget and submits the budget to the voters of the district.
The budget vote and election of Board of Education members is held on the third Tuesday of May

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Dr. Jarett S. Powers, Superintendent
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, New York 13160
Phone: 315 889-4101
Fax: 315 889-4108

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