It is the fall of 1875 and just a few years after Stephen's graduation from Brockport Normal School. As school commissioner, he is administering teacher certification exams. Curiously, there is no location within each town listed where these will take place.
At this time, there was not an organized school district in Broome County. I found a tremendous amount of information in the report I am quoting below and will delve into that in time. So, it seems there was one school in each town.
The text below from the Annual Report of the Commission of Education compiled by the United States Office of Education for 1875-1876
Stephen is 34 years old.