Board of Education

The Board of Education, a branch of state government, is elected locally by the citizens of Binghamton. Every school district has its own school board. Binghamton has seven (7) members. The Board’s primary responsibilities are to set local policy, to levy property taxes to help meet the district budget, and to hire a superintendent to run the schools in the district.


Term of office:
‚Äč Board members are elected to five (5) year terms, unless there is a vacant seat to be filled. If that happens, the candidate who receives the most votes will get the five (5) year term, and the candidate who receives the next highest votes would receive the balance of the unexpired term.


Elections:
 School Board elections are held the third Tuesday in May annually. At least one (1) or two (2) members of board stand for election in any given year.


Vacancies:
 If a vacancy occurs on the Board between elections, the Board may choose to leave the position vacant, may call for a special election, or may appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy until the next annual election. Any member who is appointed must run for election; otherwise, their term expires the date of the election in that year.


Running for the Board:
 Any resident (who does not hold a city office) is eligible to run for the Board (Policy #1040). To qualify, you:

  1. Must be able to read and write.

  2. Must be a qualified voter in the district that is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be an incompetent.

  3. Must be and have been a resident (but need not be a taxpayer) of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one (1) year immediately before the election.

  4. Must not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office: district superintendent, supervisor, clerk, tax collector, treasurer or librarian.

  5. May not hold any city office other than that of a police officer or fire fighter.

  6. May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.

  7. May not be a current employee of the school board.

  8. May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.

  9. May not be a convicted felon whose maximum prison sentence has not expired or who has not been pardoned or discharged from parole.


Nominating Petitions:  You can obtain a Nominating Petition from the district clerk, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the District Clerk at 607-762-8100 x319 to schedule an appointment.

Completed nominating petitions are due 20 days before the vote.
The vote is always the third Tuesday in May, per Education Law.


Board Meetings: The Board of Education is a public body and, as such, the Open Meetings Law requires school board meetings, where school district business will be discussed, to be open to the public; however, the public may be excluded from properly convened executive sessions and other meetings exempted under the law. Members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to attend and observe open meetings.

Meetings are generally held the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM on the 3rd floor of the Columbus School,164 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY.  All meeting dates and times are posted on the website calendar and in the printed school district calendar. However, it is possible that some dates may need to be changed and sometimes it is necessary to call a special meeting. Public notices are provided to the news media and posted on the bulletin board at the district’s Central Office located at 164 Hawley Street, 3rd Floor, Binghamton, NY no later than the Friday before each scheduled board meeting.

If you are interested in attending a school board meeting, but are unsure of the date/time, contact the district clerk (762-8100 x319 or (browns@binghamtonschools.org).


Public Comments:  The board has a policy of allowing members of the public to address them regarding school district business (under "privilege of the floor") which is time limited to 3 minutes; however, the discussion may not include matters involving privacy issues that are protected by law.


Agenda Items: 
According to the Freedom of Information Act, any proposed resolution, law, rule, regulation, policy or any amendment thereto scheduled to be the subject of 
public discussion by the Board of Education during an open meeting (hereinafter "agenda items") shall be made available to the public prior to the meeting. Agenda items received by the district clerk at least 48 hours prior to each meeting shall be posted HERE (and remain posted for seven (7) business days after such meeting) where you can view or print.

If you would like a copy of any agenda item, contact the Records Access Officer, Michael J. Holly, Asst. Supt. for Personnel and Administration, 164 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 (762-8100 x315 or hollym@binghamtonschools.org) at least one (1) business day before the meeting. Copies will be made for a reasonable fee as determined in the same manner as provided for in the Public Officers Law. See Policy #3310


Board Representatives to School: Although the Board of Education represents the entire district, individual members also act as representatives to each school. Board members may visit their assigned school(s), attend concerts, plays and other school-related activities as their schedules allow. See individual school links for board representatives to schools.


Any questions regarding the Board of Education, meetings, etc., may contact the Clerk to the Board
(hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.):

Sanya Brown
Phone: 607-762-8100 x319
Email: browns@binghamtonschools.org

 

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