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: 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:
Must be able to read and write.
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.
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.
Must not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office: district superintendent, supervisor, clerk, tax collector, treasurer or librarian.
May not hold any city office other than that of a police officer or fire fighter.
May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.
May not be a current employee of the school board.
May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.
May not be a convicted felon whose maximum prison sentence has not expired or who has not been pardoned or discharged from parole.
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. Information about running for the board is available HERE and HERE.
Voter qualifications: To vote in the school elections, you must be:
- A United States citizen;
- 18 years of age or older on the date of election;
- A resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to election day;
- A registered voter.
To register to vote, please contact the Broome County Board of Election office, 778-2172, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or go in person to the County Office Building located at 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY.
NOTE: You are considered registered to vote if you were (a) registered for the last preceding general election, or (b) registered under permanent personal registration.
Absentee Ballots: Absentee Ballots are available, upon proper application, to any qualified voter who will be unable to vote in person on the day of the election due to illness/physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration or travel outside of the county/city of residence. Applications must be received by the district clerk at least 7 days before the election.
You can obtain an application from the district clerk Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by:
NOTE: Per Education Law, voters registered as ‘permanently disabled’ with the Broome County Board of Elections Office will be mailed an Absentee Ballot without having to apply.
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 located at 164 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY. All meeting dates and times are posted on the district website and in the printed school district calendar. However, it is possible that some dates may need to be changed. Please check with the district clerk (762-8100 x319 or email email@example.com) to confirm when meetings will be held.
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. Sometimes it is necessary to call a special meeting. Please check with the district clerk (762-8100 x319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
) to confirm when meetings will be held.
Also, 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 business days after such meeting) where you can view or print.
Requests for copies of agenda items may also be made to the Records Access Officer (Karry Mullins, Asst. Superintendent for Administration, 164 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901, phone 607-762-8100 x315, email email@example.com
) 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
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.
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.
Clerk to the Board:
Binghamton City School District
164 Hawley Street – P.O. Box 2126
Binghamton, NY 13902-2126
Phone: 607-762-8100 ext. 319
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM