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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Board Members
Stephen Syzdek – President
Term expires: June 30, 2022
Syzdek is currently serving his first full term on the board. He was elected board vice president for the 2018-19 school year. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons: Andrew and Matthew.
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.
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!”
Paul Chizek – Vice President
Term expires: June 30, 2023
Chizek is serving his third 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 nearly 20 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.”
Term expires: June 30, 2022
Becker is serving his second term on the board and is currently the board 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.”
Term expires: June 30, 2020
Buchanan is serving his second term on the board. He has been a resident of the district for more than 50 years.
Buchanan and his wife, Kimberly, have two children: Joshua and Courtney.
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.”
Term expires: June 30, 2021
Crane is serving his first term on the board. He and his wife, Megan, have three children: Landon, Jace and 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 is an elementary physical education teacher in the Schenectady City School District. During the 2010-11 school year, he served as his school building’s union representative. Crane coaches Schenectady’s boys varsity bowling team and spent seven years as the chair of the Big 10 bowling league. He also owns Crane Sealcoating LLC.
Crane 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.”
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 more than 10 years.
DeZolt and his wife, Hope, have four children: Juliana, Lexi, Bethany and Mackenzie.
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.”
Term expires: June 30, 2024
Szumowksi is serving his third term on the board. 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.
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. The student representative for the 2019-20 school year is Kassy Cassella.
Kassy is a member of the varsity volleyball team and has also played basketball for the Patriots. She is involved in the drama program and is serving as student director and choreographer – as well as playing “Sour Kangaroo” – in this spring’s production of “Seussical.” After graduation, Kassy plans to attend college and major in pre-law.