The Village of Johnson City is located in a beautiful valley at the center of the Triple Cities of the Southern Tier of New York. Binghamton is two miles to the east, and Endicott, the third of the Triple Cities is six miles to the West. Johnson City, at 4 1/2 square miles in area, is situated halfway between New York City & Buffalo, seventy miles south of Syracuse and sixty miles north of Scranton, PA. NYS Route 17 (future I-86) runs east-west through the Village.
The Johnson City Central School District was formed during the 1960’s from nine districts covering all of the Village and parts of three other municipalities. With small class sizes, and a positive learning environment, students have achieved impressive success. Over 70% of the students pursue higher education, and SAT scores are well above the state and national averages. This record is well received by parents with 98% of them rating the district as outstanding.
Johnson City schools have received national recognition for their fine arts programs. 5 times since 1999, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation, Inc., selected the high school’s music program as a Grammy Signature School, recognizing the program as one of the most comprehensive high school programs in the United States. The JCHS Music Program was selected as a 2010 Finalist for the GRAMMY Signature School. Johnson City is the only public school in America to have received this award 6 times. In 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 the school district was named one of the “100 best communities for music education” by the American Music Conference and the National Association for Music Education. In September of 2003 the school district announced a partnership with the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts at Binghamton University and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program.
In addition, the district has a national reputation for excellence. In his book, “The Quality School”, Dr. William Glasser stated that, “The Johnson City Schools are probably the best model in the United States of what could be called quality schools.”
The school district is currently assessing its needs for the next century. Construction of a new state of the art school to house the district’s kindergarten through 8th grade students was completed in the fall of 2003.
Johnson City is served by 5 major parks, and 5 smaller parks and playgrounds. Considering the size of the Village, these parks are accessible to all. Softball, basketball, and tennis are popular activities among the residents, and the major parks have facilities for these. Two swimming/wading pools exist that are aimed at providing entertainment for pre-adolescent children. The Recreation Department, in conjunction with the school district, coordinates an extensive summer-winter recreation program.
The Village has an independent senior citizens center with a current enrollment of some 1200 persons. Activities range from card games to vacation trips that are organized through the center.
The Village is the proud home to the “Crown Jewel” of Broome County’s unique collection of six wooden carousels donated by the George F. Johnson family in the 1920′s. One of the largest remaining carousels in the country, it contains 4 rows of 72 horses. In 1993 the horses, scenic panels & rounding boards were completely restored returning them to their original beauty. In 2010 the eighteen sided, two story pavilion and cupola housing the carousel was restored. Located in CJF Park, the carousel has been run free of charge since its installation. This is another powerful legacy of the Johnson family.
Johnson City looks to the future with a great sense of optimism. Construction of the George Korutz Justice Building, a state of the art Police Station and Court Facility Building was completed in late 2002. The redevelopment of the Goodwill Theater and the establishment of an Arts Center will bolster the revitalization of the central business district. The redevelopment of the Endicott-Johnson factory sites will provide great hope and expectations for many years.
The Village is proud to be the future home of the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences which is scheduled to open in 2018 and the Decker School of Nursing.