Castallo and Silky LLC in the
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. Take a look and see what
goes into a full merger study of this sort.
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.
Alan Pole and Bill Silky of Castallo & Silky LLC conducted a school facility/grade
reorganization study for the Unatego Central School District during the 2015-16 school year. The study final report
was issued in the spring of 2016. The Oneonta (N.Y.) Daily Star reported on February 13, 2017 that the school board endorsed the study's recommendation to close the Otego Elementary School as part of a long-range plan
to continue providing a quality education to resident students, in appropriate facilities, especially during these difficult
financial times. Read the article and find out why the Board made this decision.
Ithaca.com reported on February 4, 2017 that the Trumansburg Central School District Board of Education is ready to make its final decision regarding its grade configuration
and capital improvements. This decision is based on a study completed last fall by associates Alan Pole and Bill Silky
of Castallo & Silky LLC. The article outlines the various options the study examined as well as
the final recommendation that was offered for Board consideration. Read the article and see the options before the Board
and the consultants recommended path.
The Rome (N.Y.) Sentinel, in its December 22, 2016 issue, tells how the local City School Board is discussing hiring Castallo & Silky LLC to further its redistricting
efforts. Unfortunately due to other commitments, we have since withdrawn from consideration. The January 10, 2017 article in the Rome Sentinel notes that the district will continue to move forward with this study regardless.
The Sun Community News from Northern New York announced that the school boards of Elizabethtown-Lewis
and Wesport Central School Districts would be meeting on November 30, 2016 to discuss a possible merger study of the two districts.
These two districts along with a third had Castallo & Silky LLC conduct a pre-merger
study of the three districts and one finding indicated these two districts would likely be the best fit. Read this article
here. An editorial in the Plattsburg Press Republican on December 18th praised the school boards for taking the bold step
of looking at the merger issue. Read this editiorial here.
The Binghamton (NY) area Press Connect on May 31, 2016 reported that Jeffrey Ahearn had been hired as its next Superintendent of Schools. Alan Pole of Castallo
and Silky LLC worked with the Vestal Central School District Board of Education on its superintendent search. Ahearn
replaces Mark LaRoach who is retiring after six years leading the district.
The Daily Star in Oneonta, NY on April 29, 2016 announced that Alan Pole of Castallo & Silky LLC would be conducting the Superintendent search for the
Cooperstown Central School District Board of Education. The article also tells how Alan was selected from a recommendation
of the interim superintendent. What the article does not say is that Alan was the consultant when the now deceased superintendent
was hired a few years ago.
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!