Board of Education

The Board of Education is the official policy-making body of our school district. Nine members serve on the Board, without pay, and are elected to three-year terms. Board elections take place in May, along with the annual school budget vote.

The Ichabod Crane Board of Education can be reached via email at boardofeducation@ichabodcrane.org.

Emails sent to the above address go to the Board Clerk for further distribution to Board members.


2022-2023 Board of Education Members

          • Jennifer Allard (2024)
          • Elaine Berlin (2023)
          • John Chandler (2023)
          • Kelly Firmbach (2023)
          • Meghan Lafferty-Brown (2025)
          • Matthew Nelson (2025), President of the Board
          • Elizabeth Phillips (2025), Vice President of the Board
          • Anne Schaefer (2024)
          • Jared Widjeskog (2024)

Student Board Representative(s)

The 2022-2023 Student Board Representative(s) are: Krzysztof Swieton and (alternate) Colin Braswell


Board of Education Meeting Schedule (approved at the July 12, 2022 Organizational Meeting)

All meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise specified. These dates are subject to change.

July 12, 2022 (Organizational Meeting – High School Auditorium) – Agenda  |  Minutes

Aug.16, 2022 (Regular Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda Minutes

Sept. 13, 2022 (Regular Meeting – High School STEAM Wing Innovations Lab) – Agenda  |  Minutes

Oct. 4, 2022 (Regular Meeting – High School) – Agenda  |  Minutes

Nov. 1, 2022 (Regular Meeting – High School) – Agenda  |  Minutes

Dec. 6, 2022 (Regular Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda  |  Minutes | Live Stream: https://youtu.be/MCF253xgmRw

Jan. 10, 2023 (Regular Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda  |  Minutes | Live Stream:

Feb. 7, 2023 (Regular Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda  |  Minutes | Live Stream:

March 7, 2023 (Regular Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda  |  Minutes | Live Stream:

April 4, 2023 (Regular Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda  |  Minutes | Live Stream:

April 18, 2023 (Special Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda |  Minutes | Live Stream:

April 25, 2023 (Special Meeting – High School Library – BOCES Budget Vote & Election) – Agenda  |  Minutes | Live Stream:

May 2, 2023 (Annual Budget Hearing – High School Library) – Agenda  |  Minutes | Live Stream:

May 16, 2023 (Annual Budget Vote 8-9pm, High School Gym) – Minutes (no agenda, no live stream)

June 6, 2023 (Regular Meeting – High School Library)  Agenda |  Minutes | Live Stream:

June 15, 2023 Special Meeting – Anticipated Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. (with no additional action to be taken, no agenda, no live stream)

June 27, 2023 Tentative (Special Meeting – High School Library) – Agenda |  Minutes | Live Stream:


The Next Board of Education Committee Meetings Are:

Policy 11/30: 5:30 p.m. in the High School Library
Academic 12/6: 5:45 p.m. in the High School Library
DEI 12/12: 5:00 p.m. in the High School Library

2022 Board of Education Election

On May 17, 2022, district residents voted and re-elected Matthew Nelson and Elizabeth Phillips. New Board member Meghan Lafferty-Brown began her term on July 1, 2022. These three Board members will hold terms until June 30, 2025. Voters also approved the budget for the 2022-23 school year. Budget information and voting information may be found here or by contacting the district clerk at mpotts@ichabodcrane.org or (518) 758-7575, ext. 3001.