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Castallo and Silky LLC in the News

Castallo & Silky LLC is listed as one of the major school superintendent search firms by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).  AASA is the national school superintendents' professional organization.
 

 

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 and in a November 20th article the Evening Tribune announced that the two districts had appointed members to serve on the study Advisory Committee.  The Genesee County Express in its December 15th edition and the Hornell Evening Tribune on the same day both covered the first meeting of the merger study Advisory Committee meeting earlier in the week.  See what was covered at this meeting!


 

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 issues.  


 

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. In its December 13th issue, the Sun summarized the meeting on transportation that took place a week earlier and so did the Plattsburgh Press-Republican on December 15th. Read what was covered at this first meeting of the Advisory Committee.


 

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!

 

The Syracuse.com website posted Dr. Silky's opinion piece on April 17, 2015 regarding who or what to blame (or not blame) for not getting better K-12 student outcomes.  Fed up with using teachers a the single scapegoat, he argues that the problem is much more complex. Take a look and see how he frames this argument.


 

The Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard's March 4, 2012 edition's lead article discusses recent interest by Central New York school districts in possibly merging with neighboring districts.  Among other experts on school organization, Dr. Silky was asked to comment for this story.  Bill outlines the reasons why districts entertain the concept as well as why it is difficult to achieve.  And, in the March 7th editorial of the Post-Standard he is again quoted as the editorial staff argue that now is the time to consider district merger.  Read what he and others had to say!

 

Writing in the New York State School Boards' Association's publication, OnBoard (March 2009), Dr. Silky raises the issue if school district merger is the answer to a district's financial woes.  With his extensive experience conducting school reorganization studies, Dr. Silky has a unique experience to offer to any school district considering merging with a neighbor.



 The Syracuse Post-Standard, in it's May 20, 2012 edition published a letter to the editor from Dr. Silky regarding the negative impact the new New York State tax cap is having on school district.  He claims that, despite positive recent school district budget votes, schools have had to cut back programs, lay off staff, and take other measures to conform to the tax cap limitations.  In essence, Dr. Silky believes that public education is beginning to gradually crumble and unless the tax cap is repealed, it will change radically in future years.  Then in a more recent (March 3, 2015) follow-up article on Syracuse.com he cites two research studies that describe the long-term negative impact that tax caps have had on the schools in California and Massachusetts.  Read both of these publications by Dr. Silky!