ELECTION DATE: Tuesday, MAY 21, 2024
Voting location: Groton Central School District Office – 400 Peru Road, Groton
Voting times: Noon – 9 pm

The information provided below was gathered by the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County, as of May 7, 2024. To share corrections or updates, please contact

Many thanks for the assistance provided by our School District Clerks!

District Clerk: Lisa Warmbrodt 607-898-5301
School District’s website:
School Board website: education
Number of members on the School Board: 7
Number of positions open: 2 candidates for
Term Length: 3 years

Candidates’ names:
Susan Bishop
Samuel Rose

Candidates’ biographical and/or platform information: See attachment at end of document

Proposition: The Board of Education of the Groton Central School District is hereby authorized to expend the sum set forth of $25,073,035 for the purpose of operating the school district for the 2024-25 school year and to levy the necessary tax on the taxable property of said school district therefore.

Public forums:
Board Of Education Public Budget Presentation & Meet the Candidates

DATE: May 13, 2024
TIME: 6:30 – 9pm
District Office, 400 Peru Road, Groton

Budget information: Available on our website on the Superintendent’s page:

Voter registration deadline: no registration required
Voting location: Groton Central School District Office – 400 Peru Road Groton
Voting times: May 21st noon – 9 pm


I grew up in Locke and attended Moravia Central School. I then continued on to TC3 and Wells College to study Psychology and Elementary Education. I have lived in Groton for over 20 years. My husband Dave and I are raising our 6 children on our produce farm, Bad Apple Farm. Prior to farming full time I worked as a daycare provider in various centers, ran a family daycare out of my home and worked as a substitute teacher and a coach. I also assisted my husband, who owned and operated Farrell’s Bar & Grill for 20 years.

Growing up, my family taught me the value and many blessings that come from living in a small town. Giving back to the community was always stressed as an important piece of why our small communities prosper. Now it is my turn to give back to the community and school that my children call home. I have coached in our youth programs, been involved in the Groton Harvest initiative, and have served on the Board of Education for the past 6 years. My family and I are also active members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

I am proud of the work the district has done to improve our schools. I acknowledge that there is still work to be done, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of this mission. As a mother of 6 children and as a taxpayer trying to raise a large family, I understand the give and take that is needed to provide the best educational experience for our children within our financial means. Thank you for your continued support.

I wish to continue serving the residents of Groton, and the students, faculty, and staff by remaining on the GCSD Board of Education. As a long-time resident and current board member, I believe I have a good understanding of the needs of Groton.

I am currently completing my sixth year on the BOE and have gleaned valuable knowledge. In addition to numerous trainings and webinars I have taken part in, I also made contributions to a committee in charge of developing the core beliefs, vision and mission statement for the district. I take pride in the integral work we accomplished as a team.

Since moving to Groton in 1984, I have had three daughters graduate, and currently have two grandchildren in the district, with more on the way; continuing to strengthen my already-vested interest in our students’ education. I have served the community through our local food pantry, and as an active member of the Groton Fire Department for 35 years as an ambulance driver (lifetime member). Currently, I am president of the Pioneer Hose Co. #1, serve on the Board of Wardens, and am a member of the Groton Town Planning Board.

I have served on the Groton Assembly of God church board for more than nine years, including experience on its budget committee and security team.

My background in business also gives me exceptional insight. For over 32 years, I worked for P&C Foods; 25 in management and union steward for the UFCW. I have also been a business owner in Groton, having owned and operated the Groton 5&10, and apartments in the village. With my connection and commitment to Groton, I feel I have an accurate gauge of what its people are experiencing.

My experiences have helped me turn good management skills into an impactful board presence, and I would continue to be fair in all aspects. I enjoy the opportunity to serve and work with others in the community and strive to have the utmost integrity. I seek your support and your vote in the upcoming election.