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

headshot of a white manEdward Szumowski – President
Term expires: June 30, 2024

Szumowski 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.

headshot of a white manChad Egan – Vice President
Term expires: June 30, 2025

Egan is serving his first term on the board. A B-P alum, Egan returned to his hometown in 2013. He is the president and owner of Northeast Riggers and Erectors, a general construction company. Egan earned an associates degree from Hudson Valley Community College and a bachelors degree from Utica College, both in civil engineering.

Egan and his wife, Nicole, have two children, Morgan and Brennon. Egan has been involved in the Broadalbin Youth Commission as a coach for juniors tackle football.

Emily Behnke
Term expires: June 30, 2027

Behnke is serving her first term on the board. She has two children, Hazel and Lucy, who attend B-P Elementary School. She has lived in the district for nearly five years.

Behnke earned both a bachelor’s degree in English and an MBA in information technology management from the University at Albany. She is currently the director of sponsored programs for SUNY Empire State College. In that role, Behnke manages the college’s grant portfolio, and she has been in charge of the disbursement and reporting for all $28 million of SUNY Empire’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funding.

Behnke is an active volunteer with Broadalbin-Perth’s PTO, assisting with nearly every PTO event and serving as a classroom representative for both of her daughters’ classes. She and her family are also active members of the Broadalbin First Presbyterian Church.

headshot of a white manKeith Buchanan
Term expires: June 30, 2025

Buchanan is serving his third 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.

Paul Chizek

headshot of a white man
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.

Rheadshot of a white manyan Crane
Term expires: June 30, 2026

Crane is serving his second term on the board. He and his wife, Megan, have four children: Landon, Jace, Abel, and Kennedy.

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 the 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 Broadalbin Youth Commission.

Allison Goodspeed
Term expires: June 30, 2027

Goodspeed is serving her first term on the board. She and her husband, Ryan Sinness, have two children, Christopher and Julia, who both attend B-P Elementary School. She moved back to Broadalbin in 2021 after growing up in the community and graduating from B-P.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Goodspeed earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University at Albany, an MBA from Touro University, and a master’s degree in engineering physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Goodspeed currently works as a senior scientist for Applied Research Associates, where she leads weapons effect test programs supporting the U.S. Department of Defense to counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and emerging threats.

Goodspeed is a member of the Broadalbin-Perth PTO and has served on the PTO’s mini-grants committee. She is also a member of the American Legion.

Student Representative

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 2022-23 school year will be selected in the fall.