Union-Endicott CSD

UE social studies teacher of 26 years passes away unexpectedly

The Union-Endicott School District is dealing with the sudden loss of one of their high school teachers. Rick Friend, a popular social studies teacher, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend at the age of 56. The native of England taught in the district for 26 years and also ran the district’s Mock Trial club. The district said in a statement that they were saddened by his passing and are making counselors available for students and staff. Friend is survived by his wife and children. Calling hours will be held Thursday in Newark Valley.

Union-Endicott is finalist in $50 million grant competition

The Union-Endicott School District is one step closer to winning a $10 million grant to repurpose Linnaeus W. West Elementary School. The school district was notified late last week that they are among the top 50 finalist in the nation-wide grant program.


Union-Endicott applied to the “XQ: Super School Challenge” in October of last year with a proposal to repurpose the now-vacant Linnaeus W. West Elementary into a combined school for special education students, and business incubator.


Only five $10 million grants will be awarded nationwide. The winners are expected to be announced sometime next month.

UE Athletics receives $25k

The Union-Endicott Central School District Athletic Department accepted $25,000 during a special event yesterday. The money comes as a grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods to keep sports and other athletic programs well-funded. Dick’s Sporting Goods publically awarded Union-Endicott schools with the grant yesterday, during a special media day regarding the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. The Dick’s Open is scheduled from July 6th through the 10th. Florida Georgia Line is set to perform at the Dick’s Open on Friday, July 8th. Tickets for both the tournament and performance are on sale now at: DSGOpen.com.

UE teachers discuss grievances with school board

The dozens of members of the Union-Endicott Teacher’s Association shared numerous grievances with the Union-Endicott Board of Education at last night’s board meeting. Some of the grievances shared by teacher association members include: a stalemate on teacher contracts, and the quality of teaching students receive. The Union-Endicott School District Administration has not released an official statement in response to the grievances shared at last night’s meeting.

UE continue in national grant competition

The Union-Endicott School District is one step closer to receiving a piece of a $50 Million grant. Union-Endicott applied for the “Super School Project” to help convert their former Linnaeus W West Elementary school into a combined alternative high school and business incubator. 700 proposals were initially accepted into the national grant competition, after the last round of eliminations, only 348 proposals remain. After this round of review, only five proposals will remain and receive a promised $10 million. Union-Endicott will now have until May 23rd to fine tune their proposal. The five national winners are expected to be chosen in August.

Four UE High School Students Officially Named World Record Holders

It has been confirmed that the four Union-Endicott High School students who attempted to break the world record for “largest serving of mashed potatoes” did indeed break the record. Evan Armstrong, Tyler Hubeny, Colin Stockdale and Jason Lin call themselves the Brotatoes. Last June, the four then-juniors made 2,641 pounds of mashed potatoes. After weighing, the mashed potatoes were then spread out in baking sheets, frozen, and donated to CHOW. The record that stood before the Brotatoes took to the kitchen stood at 2,296 pounds and was held by a duo in France.

Sports Report: SU, NASCAR, and Sect. 4 basketball

The Syracuse men’s basketball team is back in action Saturday hosting NC State for their final home game of the regular season. Pregame coverage will begin on WEBO at 1pm.

After a thrilling Daytona 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Atlanta for a race on Sunday that will be heard live on WEBO. Coverage begins at 12pm.

The Binghamton girls and Horseheads boys won Section 4 Class AA Championships last night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Both teams beat Elmira in the finals. The Class A Championship games are tonight at the Arena, with Vestal and Maine-Endwell girls playing at 6 and the boys teams from Union-Endicott and Johnson City playing at 7:45. We will have live updates from both games on the WEBO Facebook page and Twitter account. The Class B and C finals will be played tomorrow.

Thirty eight wrestlers from Section 4 are competing in the state championships this weekend in Albany. Preliminaries started this morning.

UE Gives Update on Linnaeus W. West Project

With Owego Elementary students no longer attending classes at Linnaeus W. West, the Union-Endicott School District is continuing in their plan to repurpose the space on Union Center Maine Highway in West Corners. Plans are still being developed to turn the building into an alternative high school, a school for special education students, as well as a business incubator. Of course with the combination of a school and public business space, the district is working to ensure the spaces are safe and efficient for all. In addition, the district is continuing in their efforts to receive 1 of 5 national $10 Million Dollar Grants.


Superintendent of Union-Endicott Schools, Dr. Suzanne McLeod says the district will go through with their repurposing with or without the grant. The Owego-Apalachin School District retains rental of Linnaeus W. West through the end of January.