Election

Elections / Vacancies
The Board of Education, a branch of state government, is elected locally by the citizens of the Binghamton City School District. Every school district has its own school board. 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.

In Binghamton, the Board of Education has seven members who are elected to five-year terms and positions are 'at large'.


Elections: School Board elections are held annually on the third Tuesday in May. In Binghamton, one or two members stand for election in any given year.

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Vacancies: If a vacancy occurs on the Board between elections, per Education Law, the Board may choose to call for a special election, leave the position vacant or appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy until the next annual election.

If a vacancy is filled by election, the number of votes determines who receives the balance of the unexpired term.


Running for the Board: Any resident of the City of Binghamton who meets the qualifications may be eligible to run for election.  (See Board Policy #1120). If you are interested, please contact the District Clerk either by phone (762-8100 x319) or email (browns@binghamtonschools.org).

More information about the duties and responsibilities of a school board member may be found on the NYS School Boards Association website at www.nyssba.org.

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