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Board of Education

Roles of the School Board

The Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education is made up of seven non-paid citizens who are each elected to serve five-year terms. The board’s main responsibilities and duties are to:

  • Establish district policies;
  • Develop an annual budget for public approval;
  • Approve or disapprove the superintendent’s recommendations on personnel matters and contracts;
  • Review courses of study and textbooks; and
  • Act as a communication link between residents and the superintendent.

Other duties include defining the district’s philosophy, setting goals to achieve academic objectives, planning for future needs, and authorizing certain contracts.

For questions or comments to the Board of Education, please send an email to

Meet the Board Members

BOEszumowskiEdward Szumowski – President
Term expires: June 30, 2019

Szumowksi is serving his second term on the board and is currently the board president. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Jack and Katherine.

Szumowski has lived in the district for more than 30 years. He graduated from Broadalbin-Perth and, since 2007, has been employed by Tango Media Systems, where he is the senior director of software engineering.

In addition to serving on the board, Szumowski is a coach for B-P’s FIRST Lego League program and is a Junior Achievement volunteer. He is also involved with the Fulmont Force Baseball Club and has coached soccer and baseball for the Broadalbin Youth Commission.

BOE President Rob BeckerRobert Becker – Vice President
Term expires: June 30, 2022

Becker is serving his first term on the board and is currently the board vice president. He and his wife, Jill, have two children: Allyson and Devin.

Becker has lived in the district for more than 40 years. He graduated from Broadalbin-Perth in 1988 – the first graduating class of the merged schools. Becker received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from RPI in 1993 and his master’s degree in engineering and management systems from Union College in 2013. Becker utilizes his engineering background in volunteering as a co-coach for Broadalbin-Perth’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team.

“I decided to run for the board because I wanted to contribute to and give back to a community that has been my home for my entire life. I felt that my background gave me a different point of view and that it could be helpful in dealing with some of the challenges faced by our district.”

BOEbuchananKeith Buchanan
Term expires: June 30, 2020

Buchanan is serving his second term on the board. He is a transportation director at Don Brown Bus Sales and has been a resident of the district for more than 50 years.

Buchanan and his wife, Kimberly, have two children: Joshua is in the U.S. Marine Corps and has served two tours in Iraq; Courtney is currently an ESL teacher and varsity cheerleading coach at Broadalbin-Perth.

He is a board member, fundraising coordinator and soccer coordinator for the Broadalbin Youth Commission and is a town park committee member.

“I believe the Broadalbin-Perth School District is the best in the area. The leadership team and the entire staff are dedicated to what is best for students. I believe the children in our community are our future. We need to give them every opportunity to learn and succeed. Learning comes in many ways, not just in the classroom. Learning also takes place in band, chorus, sports, clubs, Odyssey of the Mind, community service and many other opportunities for our students. I believe we have given them the tools to succeed, and I want to be a part of their success.”

BOEchizekPaul Chizek
Term expires: June 30, 2018

Chizek is serving his second term on the board. He is the vice president of cyber security and data network at Bank of America and has lived in the district for 16 years.

Chizek and his wife, Mary, have two children: Kayla graduated from B-P in 2007 and Owen graduated in 2010.

He is currently the assistant coach of the B-P varsity baseball team.

“I love the B-P school district and wanted to do whatever I could to help our children get the best education possible.”

crane_ryanWEBRyan Crane
Term expires: June 30, 2021

Crane is serving his first term on the board. He and his wife, Megan, have three children: Landon (grade 1), Jace (pre-K) and 1-year-old Abel.

A graduate of Amsterdam High School, Crane attended Hudson Valley Community College before receiving his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and his master’s degree from University of Phoenix. Crane has been an elementary physical education teacher in the Schenectady City School District for the past 15 years. During the 2010-11 school year, he served as his school buiding’s union representative. Crane has coached Schenectady’s boys varsity bowling team for the past 13 years, and spent seven years as the chair of the Big 10 bowling league. He also owns Crane Sealcoating LLC.

Crane has lived in the district for seven years and is a coach and sponsor of the youth sports leagues that his children are involved in.

“I chose to serve on the BPCSD Board of Education as I have a vested interest in multiple areas. Being a public educator, I have a sincere interest in the education of students and all the components of our district that make it successful. As a parent, I have three young children of my own, two currently attending the TLC. As a local business owner, I feel I have a community duty as a taxpayer to fiscally keep an open mind, while making sure the educational opportunities for our students is top priority… because ultimately, our students are our future.”

Board member Charlie DeZoltCharlie DeZolt
Term expires: June 30, 2020

DeZolt is serving his second term on the board. He is the senior vice president at Frasier Enterprises and has been a resident of the district for 10 years.

DeZolt and his wife, Hope, have four children: Juliana attends Syracuse University; Lexi attends St. John Fisher College; Bethany and Mackenzie attend B-P High School.

He is involved with various organizations in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, including FMCC, Amsterdam Little League, B-P TLC, Liberty Enterprises and St. Mary’s Hospital.

“In the education sector, when times were a bit tougher a few years back, I made a decision that I would not sit back and criticize the actions of the BOE, but rather get involved. I’ve heard the excuse time and time again that ‘I don’t have the time.’ The reality is if you really have a vested interest in our district and our kids, you make the time! That’s what I do to the best of my ability.”

Stephen Syzdek

Term expires: June 30, 2022

Syzdek was appointed as an interim member of the board Jan. 25, 2016, to fill the seat vacated when former board member Erin Mitchell resigned her seat in December 2015 to take a teaching position in the district. He was chosen to complete Mitchell’s term during the May 17, 2016 board elections. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons: Andrew (grade 10) and Matthew (grade 8).

A graduate of Amsterdam High School, Stephen attended SUNY Cortland, earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Rochester, and received his law degree from Albany Law School. He works as assistant legal counsel at New York State Office for the Aging.

A 17-year resident, Syzdek has been active in the Booster Club and is a past member of the B-P Board of Voter Registration. He is a coach for the Fulmont Force Baseball Club, and has also coached Little League, Little Patriots Football, and youth soccer and basketball in the district. Syzdek also volunteers with Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

“My family and I have had a wonderful experience being part of this school district, and by serving on the Board of Education, I have an opportunity to give back to the B-P community. My goal is to help B-P achieve excellence in a fiscally responsible manner. Education takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and I want B-P to provide our students with that well-rounded experience. I believe that B-P has hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff, an ambitious and forward-thinking administration, and motivated and bright students, which is an excellent recipe for success!”

Student Representatives

Each year, one or more members of the senior class is chosen to represent B-P students as non-voting members of the Board of Education. This year’s representatives are Brayden Jeffords and Christina Lin.

studentboerepsBrayden Jeffords

Brayden is president of both the National Honor Society and Masterminds, and is treasurer of STEM Club. He also plays for B-P’s varsity boys soccer team. Brayden plans to major in political science and participate in ROTC in college. He aspires to serve his country in the Navy after college, and would like to eventually become a lawyer.

Christina Lin

Christina is a member of Key Club and Masterminds, and participates in Odyssey of the Mind. As a member of the Green Club, she is part of the Lexus Eco Challenge, and she is a founding member of B-P’s Politics Club. Christina works as a tutor and volunteers at the Amsterdam Library. In college, she plans to major in international relations.

More Information

Georgia Baldwin
District Clerk
518.954.2500, option 5

Board Meetings

In general, meetings are held in the high school’s Virtual AP Room, beginning at 6 p.m. With some exceptions, regular monthly meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. Regular meetings are open to the public.

Member Terms

Board of Education members are elected to five-year terms. Elections are held each year on the third Tuesday in May. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the high school and middle school gyms.