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April 6, 2020
By order of the Governor of the State of New York, school will remain closed until April 29th.  Thank you for your cooperation during this period of closure.  

April 3, 2020

School lunch and breakfast is going out this morning.  Next week, we will make deliveries on Thursday, in observance of Good Friday. Also next week, PK-5 will have additional work mailed home- check your mailboxes by the end of the week. Computers will be delivered next week to those students in grades 6-12 who requested them so that online instruction can begin in earnest the week of 4/13 for those grades.  Stay safe and well! 

March 27, 2020
School lunch and breakfast went out this morning.  Please check your doorsteps if you were not home at time of delivery.  Also, MS/HS school instruments that were left behind were also delivered in the hopes that students would want to continue practicing while we are closed. By order of the Governor, the Union Spring Central School District will be closed through April 15, 2020.  This is a change in date. 

March 20, 2020

Home deliveries of school lunch and breakfast have begun for our students who qualify for our free and reduced lunch program.  Please look for the boxes of food at your front door during the morning to early afternoon today.  There are perishible items packed in ice! 

March 18, 2020

If you are a first responder or an essential healthcare worker, and you need help with childcare so that you may continue to go to work to serve our community during this pandemic, please contact Sheila LaDouce, Principal of Special Programs, at 315-889-4170 and she will work with you to see if we can find a way to help.

March 16, 2020

A reminder that grab-and-go lunches are available at 12pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week at the MS/HS Cafeteria.  Home deliveries for those on Free and Reduced Lunch will begin this Friday.  

March 14, 2020

Dear Union Springs CSD Community:

By now you are no doubt aware that the world around us is changing rapidly as a result of the Corona Virus.  As governments, businesses, sports, and other social groupings curtail events in effort to contain the virus’ spread and reduce the potential for individuals to be exposed, schools have been working diligently with state and local officials to do their part in keeping students and staff safe.  Unfortunately, the time has come to close school. 

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 13, 2020, the Union Springs Central School District will be closed.  We are closing school along with every other school district in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.  This decision was not made lightly, and we know the impact and hardship this will present for our families and community; however, the risks of this virus to our school and community necessitates closure at this time.
Outlined below is our continuity plan:

Curriculum: On Monday, March 16, 2020, individualized packets of school work and assignments will be mailed out to every student.  These assignments have been prepared over the past two weeks by your student’s teacher(s) and are designed to focus on review topics, skill building, and keeping concepts fresh in student’s minds while school is closed.  Please look for them in your mailbox in the coming days. 

Food Service:  We will have a grab and go lunch available at noon each day at the M.S/H.S. for all who need it from Monday 3/16 – Thursday 3/19.  At that time, individuals may pick up breakfast for the next morning as well.  Starting this coming Friday, we will deliver to the homes of students who qualify for free-and reduced priced meals, their meals for the following week. There will be further communication about the delivery process as we get closer to the end of the week.  If you need food assistance during this time period but do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, please reach out to food service at (315) 889-4120 and we will do our best to help.

Outside Groups:  Our school buildings and facilities will be closed to all outside groups and individuals during this period of closure; this includes our fitness center.  The entire district will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during this time, and we need to limit individuals in our spaces as we undertake this important work.

Medicine: Your student’s principal and our school nursing staff will be available during the first few days of this week to assist you in picking up any prescription your child may have in school that they might need access to during this closure time period.

Field Trips:  All field trips are cancelled; this includes both the senior trip and 8th grade trip to Boston, as well as the theater trip to NYC.  Teachers sponsoring these trips will be working with our business office to ensure that refunds are processed, and we will get them out to you in short order.  We will do our best to find other ways to celebrate our students and their accomplishments when we return to school.

Support:  We understand that this may be a challenging time for our students and some of them may want to speak to a school counselor or require some additional supports to feel successful during this time. We encourage you to reach out to the various schools should this be the case, and our team will do our best to provide the support needed.

We will continue to communicate and provide updates in the days and weeks ahead.  The Union Springs Central School District has been in existence to support this community since 1936, and this global pandemic will not stop that from being the case. Our existence is this community and its children, and we are taking this unprecedented action to keep everyone safe.  Thank you for your continued support.

Jarett Powers
Superintendent of Schools

Business Office


Mrs. Marge Robbins
Assistant Superintendent for Business
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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