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District Policies

 
Please be advised that the District's Policy Manual, developed with Erie 1 BOCES Policy Services, is not to be interpreted as the rendering of legal advice. Application of Board policies to specific situations may necessitate consultation with the school administrators / school attorney to address the particular circumstances.


FOREWORD


Contained herein are the policy statements formulated by the Board of Education of the Binghamton City School District.  Policy is defined as a basic plan of action. It establishes limits within which freedom of judgment can be exercised.
 
Policy is a governing principle of management. It is a statement that has an effect on the interests of those who come under its jurisdiction. A policy may originate from the constitution, from statute, from local determinations and/or from customary patterns of formal behavior.

 

Policy should state a position taken by the District, grant the authority to act, be sufficiently detailed to give adequate direction, be achievable within the real environment of the school and community and provide for impartial procedures.
 
In addition to the adopted policies, the operation of the School District is governed by and subject to all applicable Laws, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Civil Service requirements, Board of Education Resolutions, School Administrative Regulations and Contracts of Agreement.
 
If any part of this manual is made invalid by judicial decision or legislative or administrative enactment, all other parts shall remain in full effect unless and until they are amended or repealed by the Board of Education. The official record of the adoption, amendment, or repeal of the by-laws and policies of the Binghamton City School District shall be the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Education.

 

PHILOSOPHY

 
We believe that all children can learn and are the focal point of our schools. We believe that learning takes many forms and is enhanced in an atmosphere that stimulates creativity, self-awareness, and divergent thinking. Our mission is to assist children in developing basic academic skills, thinking skills, a meaningful value system, pride in their accomplishments, a shared responsibility for learning, a respect for self as well as others, and a vocational direction which allows them to become responsible, productive members of a democratic society. The Binghamton City School District accepts this responsibility and provides educational opportunities which meet the needs of all our students.


Our curriculum addresses the intellectual development of children which proceeds in the primary grades from the logic of concrete operations and culminates with symbolic and abstract operations at the secondary level. This curriculum follows and supports the NYS syllabi and objectives and offers a variety of instructional and enrichment opportunities. We provide a diverse extra-curriculum, co-curricular, and interscholastic program that complements the curriculum in developing the total individual.

 

The organizational structure and climate of our schools promote both student and staff success. We recognize and provide for continuous staff development that supports effective education, and we firmly believe that teachers are essential for effective learning to occur. An optimum learning environment is created through respect, trust, and cooperation. Moreover, administrative support of established educational policies and practices is essential to maintaining this positive learning environment.

 

The policies of our school district support the personal, social, and physical development of students. Standards and rules that affect students are developed with cooperation and input from parents, students, and staff. We take the responsibility to inform parents/home of the kind of support the school requires from home. Parents are notified in a timely fashion concerning achievement, attendance, and discipline. Our policies encourage the close partnership among the school, the students, the home, and the community.

 

In addition to our goal of educating children, we provide opportunities for all residents to acquire intellectual, personal, social, and physical skills. The community is made aware of available educational programs sponsored by the district. We recognize and promote those values that support cooperation among community members, and foster a respect for human worth.

 

A comprehensive educational system includes the evaluation of staff, students, and programs. The purpose of evaluation in the Binghamton City School District is to measure and enhance the growth of individuals in our schools. We will periodically report to the community the status of academic achievement and the accomplishment of our goals and objectives. We believe that growth occurs in accepting challenge, experiencing success, learning from failure, and having the courage to be innovative.

 
 
  
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