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Dear BCSD Community,  

On behalf of the Binghamton City School District board of education, administration, faculty, staff and students, I would like to welcome Dr. Penelope Harper to the board of education and further welcome Mr. Joe Gasior and Mr. John Weaver who have been successful in their bids to advance their positions on the board from “appointed” to “elected”. Congratulations to the successful candidates and my thanks to all who expressed their interest in taking on this vitally important leadership role.

Thank you also to our voters for their overwhelming support reflected in the passage of our 2017-2018 proposed budget by an 82% majority! (see the detailed results of the vote HERE) I believe that this margin reflects a community-wide belief in the potential for success we face in the year ahead. I also believe it is now up to all of us to meet that belief with passion and determination. The coming academic year will present us with challenges and opportunities - both essential ingredients in growth and achievement. We will see new leaders take up the cause in some of our school buildings, we will continue to invest capital in the areas of technology, safety and school facilities. We will continue in our collective vision to provide diverse, effective and top quality staffing and cutting-edge learning opportunities for students and staff alike. We will also respond to the changes we know will continue to come with the ongoing evolution of new state standards and regulatory requirements. Regardless of where we hail from in the district or the community, I believe that all of Binghamton shares a common commitment to help each and every one of our students to achieve success – today, tomorrow, at graduation, and in the years that follow.

So, as we head into the “home stretch” for the 2016-17 academic year and begin the timeless pivot into the year fast approaching, I invite you to join me at one or more of the many upcoming year end events and celebrations. This is the time when my faith in what we have done together - and can do together - is renewed and I hope to share that renewed faith with all of you in the year ahead.

Tonia Thompson, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

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