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APRIL 2016

2017-2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL Dear Community Member: The proposed 2017-2018 budget is designed to continue to build our district in ways that will enhance student achievement and learning for years to come. Much work has gone into the budget development process, and we are pleased to propose a budget that has a 0.10% tax levy increase, represents a 0% increase in spending growth, and enables us to move the work of the district forward in real and substantive ways. While we have worked to raise student engagement and achievement, we also continue to work to find ways to operate efficiently and minimize the tax impact to our school community. This budget represents a commitment to both of those objectives. Advancing the Quality of Instructional Programming – This budget allows us to capitalize on our momentum by improving the educational experience for our learners. This budget supports fifth grade’s transition to the middle school, fourth grade’s transition to Cayuga Elementary, promotes technology access for our students, builds upon our commitment to college and career readiness, and provides opportunities that ensure that our students are ready for the challenges and rigor of the 21st Century. Expanding Learning Opportunities – The 2017-18 budget enables the district to continue to offer a Summer Learning Academy for students in Grades K-7 to creatively explore concepts related to STEM and ELA. Additionally, this budget allows us to continue to work on key areas of student learning by supporting district needs in literacy instruction, technology skill acquisition, world languages, and job-embedded staff development intended to increase student achievement. Maintaining our Infrastructure – This budget allows us to continue to improve our physical plant. While much work is being planned for at the A.J. Smith Elementary building in 2017-2018 as part of our capital project, this budget enables us to work on some additional flooring at A.J. to replace tiles not previously realized in our original design. Further, our district has a significant amount of planning to do to keep our other facilities in good working order. This year we are proposing the creation of a $2.5 million dollar capital reserve fund that will enable us to begin to save for significant work at the high school and bus garage in the years ahead. Aging roofs, windows, flooring, and HVAC systems, along with asbestos abatement are challenges that are before us with these facilities, and we are confident in our ability to meet these tasks with your continued support of our efforts. Thank you for your continued support of our students and school community. Your passion and commitment to ensuring a quality learning environment for all of our students truly makes a difference. Please remember to vote on May 16th. Educationally Yours,

Jarett Powers, Superintendent

BUDGET VOTE TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 12:00 - 9:00 PM HIGH SCHOOL LOBBY For an absentee ballot, call (315) 889-4100.

Union Springs Central School District | 239 Cayuga Street | (315) 889-4101 | www.unionspringscsd.org


UNION SPRINGS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT | SPRINGBOARD

PROPOSITION #1

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Union Springs Central School District shall be authorized to expend the sum set forth in the budget for the 2017-18 school year in the total amount of $18,088,080 and to assess and levy upon the taxable property of the District the necessary tax thereof.

BUDGET SUMMARY ESTIMATED REVENUE 2016-2017 BUDGET

2017-2018 PROPOSED

CHANGE #

CHANGE %

TOTAL STATE AID

$9,883,359

$10,196,461

$313,102

3.17%

TOTAL OTHER REVENUE

$552,473

$346,866

- $205,607

- 37.22%

FUND BALANCE

$115,000

$0

- $115,000

RESERVES/ TRANSFERS

$0

$0

$0

LOCAL PROPERTY/ TAX LEVY

$7,537,248

$7,544,753

$7,505

0.10%

TOTAL REVENUE

$18,088,080

$18,088,080

$0

0.0%

SUMMARY OF GENERAL FUND EXPENSE APPROPRIATIONS 2016-2017 BUDGET

2017-2018 PROPOSED

CHANGE #

CHANGE %

ADMINISTRATION

$2,435,565

$2,229,439

- $206,126

- 8.5%

PROGRAM

$12,507,329

$12,595,886

$88,557

0.01%

CAPITAL

$3,145,186

$3,262,755

$117,569

3.7%

TOTAL REVENUE

$18,088,080

$18,088,080

$0

0.0%

Union Springs Central School District | 239 Cayuga Street | (315) 889-4101 | www.unionspringscsd.org


2017-2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL

ADMINISTRATIVE COMPONENT The Administrative Component provides for overall general support and management activities including Board of Education, central administration, business office, and legal and auditing services. Costs for administration and supervision of each of the District’s schools are also included in this component. 2016-2017 BUDGET

2017-2018 PROPOSED

Board of Education

$20,275

$21,850

Central Administration

$218,500

$225,544

Finance

$514,636

$496,113

Staff

$153,868

$152,196

Special Items

$466,738

$395,631

District Research & Planning

$76,565

$71,265

Supervision - Regular School

$521,276

$462,390

Employee Benefits

$463,707

$404,450

TOTALS

$2,435,565

$2,229,439

CAPITAL COMPONENT The Capital Component of the budget deals with all equipment, supplies, materials, and personnel for the operation and maintenance of district facilities. It also includes any judgments and claims, refunds of real property taxes, and all payments on principal and interest on short and long-term debt. 2016-2017 BUDGET

2017-2018 PROPOSED

Central Services

$1,240,942

$1,430,439

$100K Capital Outlay Project

$100,000

$100,000

Central Administration

$10,000

$10,000

Employee Benefits

$265,587

$206,726

Debt Service

$1,524,546

$1,515,590

TOTALS

$3,141,075

$3,262,755

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PROGRAM COMPONENT

The Program Component includes salaries of all teaching staff, as well as pupil transportation and employee benefits. 2016-2017 BUDGET

2017-2018 PROPOSED

Teaching - Regular School

$5,640,230

$5,625,423

Program for Students with Disabilities

$1,406,040

$1,630,495

School Library & Audio Visual

$215,084

$233,236

Computer Assisted Instruction

$643,359

$738,550

Guidance - Regular School

$156,800

$189,962

Health Services - Regular School

$115,095

$113,310

Psychological Services - Regular School

$146,382

$166,437

Interscholastic Athletes

$345,617

$352,680

Pupil Transportation

$761,872

$637,719

Employee Benefits

$3,080,961

$2,908,074

TOTALS

$12,511,440

$12,595,886

TOTAL EXPENDITURES: $18,088,080 2017-18 EXPENSES BY CATEGORY These expenditure categories support the 2016-17 Expense by Category educational programming and the school district operations.

Operations 8%

Other 5%

Debt 8%

ESTIMATED TAX COLLECTION The tax rate projected for 2017-2018 is based on the estimated assessed value that is currently available. Final assessments and equalization rates will be established prior to the final calculation of school tax bills. These are preliminary estimates based on current information provided by 2016 tax rolls as of June 2016. The rates below do not include the Springport Free Library tax levy. Actual 2016-17 Tax Rate Estimated 2017-2018 Estimated Increase Per $1,000 Tax Rate Per $1,000 Per $1,000

BOCES 14% Salaries & Benefits 65%

Aurelius Fleming Ledyard Scipio Springport

$16.31 $39.24 $14.02 $14.02 $16.69

$16.32 $39.42 $14.04 $14.04 $16.71

$0.01 $0.18 $0.02 $0.02 $0.02

Taxes are computed using the estimated rate per $1,000 assessed value of a house, multiplied by the tax rate.

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2017-2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL (New Reserve Fund) Shall the Board of Education be authorized to establish a new ten-year capital reserve pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law in an amount not to exceed $2,500,000 to be used for renovations and additions to all District facilities, including purchase of equipment, technology upgrades, classroom equipment and/or school infrastructure equipment, site development, storm and sanitary sewer, driveways, and parking lots, such reserve fund to be funded from (i) year-end budget surplus funds known as unassigned fund balance, as available, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 and each fiscal year thereafter for the term of the reserve fund, (ii) transfers of excess monies from Board of Education designated reserves, (iii) amounts from budgetary appropriations from time to time, and (iv) New York State Aid received and made available by the Board of Education from time to time, all as permitted by law?

PROPOSITION #2

CAPITAL RESERVE FUND The Union Springs Central School District has a strong tradition of providing excellent programs and facilities for our community’s students. Our shared success is the result of thoughtful improvements and projects over the years that have been designed to protect the district’s facilities and infrastructure. Sometimes this means replacing items due to normal usage. At other times, this means upgrading classrooms and technology to meet the needs of our learners including health and safety improvements, energy-saving improvements, and renovations to areas for enhanced educational programming. On May 16, 2017, Union Springs Central School District voters are being asked to consider authorizing the establishment of a new Capital Reserve Fund for the school district. Funding would come from excess General Fund Monies at the end of the fiscal years and from transfers of other designated reserves as approved by the Board of Education. This fund would allow the school district to set aside money for future construction projects and major purchases and upgrades.

Above: Calcified pipes Location: High School cafeteria

Above: Broken window Right: Damaged flooring Location: Middle School classroom

A Capital Reserve Fund is a voter-authorized reserve, much like a savings account that a family would agree to establish in order to make a major purchase. If voters approve a Capital Reserve Fund, the funds could be used towards the cost of a capital project, but only if the project was approved by district voters. A capital project would require a separate vote.

Above: Damaged flooring and water fountain Location: High School gymnasium wing

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Above: Damaged flooring | Location: Entryway by gymnasium

There needs to be one vote by the community to establish the Capital Reserve Fund and another vote to use it. Voting to establish a Capital Reserve Fund in no way authorizes the approval of a capital project. Any expenditures from a capital reserve fund would require voter approval through a separate referendum. After 10 years, the money must either be spent or reauthorized by voters.

Above: Windows rusting and in poor condition Location: Courtyard in Middle/High School

As the result of prudent financial practices and taking advantage of all available state aid to which the Union Springs Central School District is entitled, the district has some funds available to begin funding this reserve account. As a taxpayer, it is important to know that the district is exploring every possible avenue when it comes to saving money. In today’s economy, proper long-term planning is essential to ensuring the solvency of the district during times of fiscal hardship. Establishing a new Capital Reserve Fund now allows the district to plan for the long-term needs of our school community.

QUESTIONS?

Above: Damaged flooring Location: Middle School entryway

Right: Damaged ceiling tiles Location: Upstairs in the High School

If you have any questions about establishing a Capital Reserve Fund, please do not hesitate to contact Superintendent Jarett Powers at (315) 8894100 or jpowers@unionspringscsd.org. Union Springs Central School District | 239 Cayuga Street | (315) 889-4101 | www.unionspringscsd.org


2017-2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL

PROPOSITION #3

Springport Free Library - Shall the sum of $74,500.00 dollars, an increase of $3,500.00, from $71,000.00 be raised by an annual tax levy upon the taxable real property within the Union Springs Central School District for the purpose of funding the Springport Free Library?

SPRINGPORT FREE LIBRARY UPDATE The Springport Free Library would like the public to consider supporting a library tax increase of $3,500. What does this mean for you in terms of tax increases? Based on projected tax rates and a property assessment of $100,000, the library tax increase by town will be the following: Aurelius: $0.76 Fleming: $1.83

2016 Annual Report Statistics

27,609 - library materials circulated 4,905 - materials borrowed on inter-library loan 4,257 - materials loaned on inter-library loans 1,317 - electronic library materials circulated

38,088 Grand Total Circulation 1,069 registered library patrons 4,745 library wireless users 14,015 visits to library website

Ledyard: $0.65 Scipio: $0.65

Springport: $0.78

Thank you for your continued support of the library. We look forward to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all children in our school district. Please feel free to enjoy the many programs we offer throughout the year. We are your community doorway to public information services. For more information, please visit our website:

www.springportfreelibrary.org

BOARD OF EDUCATION 2016-17 MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Jeffrey Culver Term Expires: 2018

Ann Marie Daum Term Expires: 2017

Robin McKay Term Expires: 2019

David (Randy) Morehouse Term Expires: 2019

Carol Quill

Barry Schwarting, Vice President Term Expires: 2019

Mary Seitz, President

MEET THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE 2017-18 BOARD OF EDUCATION

The following citizens have presented petitions to run for the upcoming vacancies on the Board of Education. There are three vacancies, each with a 3-year term limit.

Term Expires: 2017

Daniel Testa Term Expires: 2017

Tom Weaver Term Expires: 2018

Mary Seitz

Ann Marie Daum

Daniel Testa

Term Expires: 2018 Union Springs Central School District | 239 Cayuga Street | (315) 889-4101 | www.unionspringscsd.org

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VOTE MAY 16, 2017 MS/HS Lobby • Polls open from 12-9 p.m.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS Absentee ballots are available at the Superintendent’s Office. Applications must be received at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter. If the ballot is to be picked up and returned by the voter, it must be picked up the day before the election.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT VOTING?

Call the District Office at 315-889-4100.

WHO MAY VOTE? • • • •

A citizen of the United States Eighteen (18) years of age Current registration A permanent resident of the District for a period of at least 30 days prior to the day of the vote

VOTERS DO NOT HAVE TO OWN PROPERTY IN THE DISTRICT

UNION SPRINGS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 239 Cayuga Street Union Springs, NY 13160

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