Binghamton City Schools Project to save money and provide case w

Binghamton City Schools Project to save money and provide case workers for families

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- A new partnership of the Binghamton City School district and the Broome County Department of Social Services was announced on Thursday. 

It's called the Binghamton City Schools project and it could save taxpayers up to $20 million and help families in need. 

The program will place case workers in Binghamton elementary schools.

The goal is to engage with children and their families early on to create safe, stable environments. 

Not only would it help families, it's also expected to save taxpayers money. 

"The school district is picking up part of the cost of the local share of the cost of case workers," Donald Bowersox, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Social Services said. "But also because of beginning the preventive service early on, we're anticipating that is going to save money in terms of reports later on."

Broome County Executive Jason Garner said other school districts already are expressing interest in the program. 

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