Teachers at Binghamton's East Middle School are continuing to work with school district administrators to address behavioral and other issues involving some students.

Binghamton City School District Superintendent Marion Martinez during an "Binghamton Now" radio interview. (Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Binghamton City School District Superintendent Marion Martinez during a "Binghamton Now" radio interview. (Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

School superintendent Marion Martinez said some adjustments were made to a professional development program which already was planned for Friday afternoon. Students were dismissed at midday to allow teachers to participate in a previously-scheduled conference day.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Martinez said she believes the appropriate steps are being taken to improve the learning environment at the school on East Frederick Street.

Principal Lori Czeitner resigned late last month, less than a year-and-a-half after she began working for the school district. Martinez would not say whether she asked for Czeitner's resignation.

There's been an exodus of teachers from East Middle School in recent years. Martinez said last spring, 17 people asked to transfer out of the school "for various reasons."

The superintendent indicated she's looking to restore staffing stability at East Middle School.

Martinez said she's hoping to name a permanent principal "very shortly" although the interim administrative setup will continue through the end of this school year.

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