Binghamton City Schools serves an estimated 5,500 students in ten schools, making it the largest public school district in New York State’s southern tier. The poverty level is roughly 75% with student mobility at 25% and student performance is in the lowest 10% of all districts in the State.
Binghamton City Schools experiences many of the same challenges as larger urban school districts. Dr. Martinez was hired to be a change agent. The Board of Education was adamant in wanting increased accountability, improved graduation rates and an in-depth examination of the disproportionality in suspension rates.
Dr. Marion H. Martinez worked closely with the community, serving on numerous City committees and worked in partnership with all parents.
In addition, Binghamton City Schools is home to the internationally renowned Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, named for the writer and creator of the classic television series The Twilight Zone. Mr. Serling graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1943.