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The Lockport (N.Y.) Union-Sun & Journal reported in its November 17, 2017 article that Castallo & Silky LLC has been hired by the Barker Central School District Board of Education
to assist the Board in its efforts to hire a new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Roger Klatt is retiring at the end of
this school year after having served as a shared superintendent for several years. Read this initial announcement.
The Springville Journal in Western New York reported on November 2, 2017 that Castallo & Silky LLC has been hired to conduct a pre-merger study of the West Valley, Springville-Griffith
and Ellicottville school districts. The purpose of the study is to determine if West Valley and one of the other districts
should move forward into a full merger study. The Castallo & Silky LLC study team will be led by
Bill Silky with associates Suzanne Gilmour and Steve Bocciolatt assisting in the effort. Read more about what this pre-merger
study will include.
The Evening Tribune, in its August 27, 2017 edition, reported that the Canaseraga Central School District (N.Y.) Board of Education voted to enter an annexation study
with its neighboring district, Arkport, and has invited Castallo & Silky LLC to conduct the study.
Castallo & Silky LLC has worked with both districts on previous school studies so was the logical choice
of the boards to take this next step. In a follow-up article on October 16, 2017 the Tribune reported that the two boards of education were reviewing the timeline for completion of the study that
was submitted for consideration to the boards by Castallo & Silky LLC associate Alan Pole. Read
these articles to see what assurances were agreed upon by the boards and the timeline for the study.In the November 2, 2017 edition of the Evening Tribune an article appeared that told how the Canaseraga district was selecting members to
serve on the merger study committee. On November 9th, the Hornell News reported that the two districts were testing their compatibility with the merger study.
The Watertown, N.Y. Daily Times reported in its June 19, 2017 edition that the Massena Central School District had hired Alan Pole and Jessica Cohen (associates at Castallo & Silky
LLC) to conduct a study of the district's grade and building configuration. The article mentions that this
study is a follow-up to a 2014 building consolidation study that was completed for the district. Then it a follow-up
article on July 6th, the Daily Times describes an initial meeting with the Massena Board of Education that outlined the study process
and formation of a stakeholder Advisory Committee. The North Country Now News on July 7th also indicated the Board was looking for volunteers to serve on the Advisory Committee and in a follow-up article on August 17th the names of the committee members were offered. The Watertown Daily Times, in its September 21, 2017 edition, reported on the first committee meeting at which Jessica Cohen provided enrollment projections for the district
while the next day (September 22nd) the paper added more information on the topics discussed at the first meeting. On November 18th, the Watertown Daily News provided a recap of the first Advisory Committee meeting and noted the next meeting is
to be held on December 20th.
The Ft. Edward UFSD (N.Y.) Board of Education has asked Castallo & Silky LLC to discuss
possible future options for the district in terms of possibly consolidating the district with another district or perhaps
sharing services with other school districts. The Glens Falls Post-Star reported in its June 13, 2017 edition that a meeting has been arranged with a representative of the consulting firm to discuss a possible study to examine these
The Sun, a newspaper from Northern New York, reported on May 11, 2017 the Bill Silky and Alan Pole of Castallo & Silky LLC had kicked off a merger study of the Elizabethtown-Lewis
and Westport Central School districts at a joint meeting of the two school districts' Boards of Education. The article
describes the timeline for the study and the role of the Advisory Committee. An aritcle in the May 16th Plattsburg Press Republican reported that the Board of Education is appointing an Advisory Committee to work with
the consultants and a follow-up article on May 21st outlines what was covered at the initial meeting of the boards.. This full merger study is a follow-up to a pre-merger study
involving the two districts and one other area school district that was completed last year. The Plattsburgh Press
Repulbican editorial on June 15th urged people in the districts to not judge the merger until the study has been complete and the plan for a merged district
is developed. In a follow-up article on August 15th, the Sun reported that the Advisory Committee was holding its first meeting on August 23rd and a follow-up article
on August 30th describes what was covered at this first meeting. The Plattsburg Press Republican also covered the meeting
in its August 30th edition. The next meeting in September covered and overview of district programs as reported in the Sun on
October 3rd. In an article on November 3rd, The Sun described how the districts would benefit from receipt of additional building aid if they elected to become
a single district.
The Olean (NY)Times Herald reported on November 19, 2016 that Alan Pole, senior associate with Castallo & Silky LLC has been hired to assist the local school
district's Board of Education in its efforts to hire a new Superintendent of Schools. The Board President was quoted
as saying that Alan was selected from three competing firms and he was chosen due to his strong references. Then in its January 12, 2017 edition, the Times Herald indicated that the retiring Superintendent, Ms. Colleen Taggerty, has agreed to extend
her contract to allow the district to have a smooth transition to the new Superintendent. The Times Herald,
on February 24, 2017, reported the results of a stakeholder survey invite participants to share thoughts on desired attributes of the next Superintendent
with the Board. Read what these stakeholders thought was most important. And, on May 9, 2017, the Salamanca Press reported that the Olean School Board appointed Mr. Rick Moore, a former Superintendent in Salamanca
but currently Superintendent in Belleville-Henderson Central Schools near Watertown, as its new Superintendent. The paper
then reported in its June 2, 2017 edition how the search this time in Olean differed from the previous Superintendent search when Colleen Taggerty was hired.
Finally, on July 12, 2017 the paper describes the contracted salary of the new Superintendent.
On February 11, 2013, the New York State School Boards Association presented Dr. Silky's thoughts on
school districts conducting a pre-merger study prior to engaging in a full study. Dr. Silky's article encourages school boards to follow the lead of four Seneca County districts that invited Castallo & Silky LLC
to do a pre-merger study that explored eight possible options and resulted in recommending only three as feasible and deserving
of further in-depth study.
Dr. Silky advises school boards to carefully study some important variables before embarking on a school
district merger study. His caution was printed in the March 3, 2011 edition of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard. Read what Dr. Silky had to say!