Binghamton High School Principal Roxie Oberg presents school climate data
to members of the Binghamton City School District Board of Education at the May 18 board meeting. Data presented showed a marked decline in disciplinary referrals and suspensions in the high school which Oberg believes is the result of ongoing professional development for staff, building relationships with parents and community partners and restructuring some procedures for student movement, disciplinary actions, etc. This marks the third consecutive year that disciplinary referrals have declined at BHS including a year-to-year reduction of 38% for referrals and a 26% reduction in suspensions during measured periods of time in 2014/15 and 2015/16. The district is currently engaging in a wider conversation with staff, parents and community members to examine school climate and culture from many perspectives, including discipline and student/family support systems, in an effort to identify what works and focus resources on effective, sustainable programming in the years ahead.