Massena Central names committee to assist with consolidation study; includes teachers, students, admins, support staff, residents
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:50 pm

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- The Massena Central School board approved an advisory committee of district employees and community members to help guide their consolidation study.

Earlier in the summer the board hired Castallo and Silky to study the district and possibly recommend closing a building.

The committee includes administrators Duane Richards and Bill Sequin, support staff Annemarie Miller and Kim Wells, teachers Adrienne Hartman, Steven Booth and Laurel Czajkowski, and students Rachel Hurlbut and Mckenzee Lazore. Community members on the committee are Michael Besaw, Mckay Burley, Kerrie French, Elizabeth Kirnie, Deb Larose, Carmela Phelix, Jeff Stanlake and Dave Vroman.

“It’s a good split between number of school personnel on there and a number of community members,” Superintendent Patrick Brady said.

The board agreed they will task Castallo and Silky with coming up with an answer to this question: “Is there a better way educationally and fiscally to reconfigure the facilities to provide a sound instructional program now and in the future, and if so, how should those grades and facilities be arranged?”

They will ask them to come up with two or three options the board can choose from when the study is finished.

That (two or three choices) would be my preferred strategy. I think we would be less well served with a take it or leave it,” school board Trustee Paul Haggett said. “We don’t want to get into having six different options.”

“I agree with Paul … we can prioritize the one we think is the best option for us,” board President Paul Bronchetti said.

Brady said Castallo and Silky have already started their job.

“Over the summer we’ve put together a lot of information they’ve requested … they’re going through it right now,” he said.

The committee’s meetings will be open to the public and advertised beforehand, Brady said.

Each one will focus on a different building and be held in the building to which it pertains. Meetings will start at 6:30 p.m., with the committee and consultants arriving 45 minutes early for a tour, he said.