Alton Central School (ACS): Suddenly, Post Bond Failure, Heating Oil Delivery To School Becomes An Issue. A Coincidence?

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It appears that the ‘State’ (whatever that implies) has mandated, in the last ‘few’ weeks, that heating oil can no longer be delivered to ACS by a large, commercial fuel truck. Why, because the big truck can’t get close enough to the filler and as such has to use two hoses. So …

The heating oil has to be delivered by smaller trucks, the type used to make residential deliveries. Moreover, a fire truck with personnel needs to be present while the oil is being delivered. [Maybe I didn’t make this clear enough. They are now delivering the heating oil via smaller trucks BUT a fire truck is required to be there. So, it is not one or the other; i.e., smaller trucks or fire truck presence. It is both.]

Seems incongruous, to say the least.  Why this new requirement now? Hasn’t the school been getting heating oil delivered, the same way, for decades? What changed? What happened?

If this is due to one of the many recent inspections, for example the one from DoL that found many violations, I am delighted – BUT, at the same time want to know why it has taken this long to spot this apparent violation.

Not really sure why using two pipes is considered a ‘no-no’. Wouldn’t it have just been simpler to say that oil can only be delivered at weekends with fire department presence. Of course any pipe can leak. If it is about fumes, fumes can escape from both ends of a single pipe. So, not sure why they are obsessing about coupling together two pipes.

Yes, I am trying to get to the bottom of it.

So, how did I find out about this? We went to the ‘art showcase’ at ACS on Wednesday — after school. We got there around 5:30 pm and there was an Alton fire truck and at least 4 ‘uniformed’ personnel. I, giving all the benefit of the doubt, assumed that this was just to add a bit more spice to the showcase, though I know that the kids get plenty of opportunity, at other times, to get to know the Alton Fire Department.

When we got home Deanna saw on the ACS Facebook page that somebody was asking why there had been a fire truck in front of ACS ‘all day’ Tuesday’ and ‘Wednesday’ — possibly wondering if there was a connection with the tragic events in Boston. [My first reaction was, why fire truck rather than police?] The response on Facebook to this inquiry further puzzled me. The person who asked the question was told to contact the SAU Office.

Well, I didn’t want to bother the SAU. Instead I called a friend who has lived in Alton for 70 years and knows everybody who is an anybody in town. He just made one phone call to a buddy and got back to me with what I am telling you above. I still had a few more questions and he is working on getting those answered for me.

This is just a heads up. No big deal. But, I like to keep these things straight.



Talking about these inspections and violations, I have yet to see any official statement by the school or the School Board.

Somebody has to be held accountable. No, they can’t sweep it under the carpet.

I have the report, which is a public domain document. I can make it available to anybody that is interested.



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2 responses to “Alton Central School (ACS): Suddenly, Post Bond Failure, Heating Oil Delivery To School Becomes An Issue. A Coincidence?”

  1. Deanna-your loving wife says :

    From an ACS Parent: When using two hoses versus one, you run the risk of a leak at the junction of the two hoses. The fuel comes out of the truck with some pressure. If there is a leak, it will continue to leak, thus causing an environmental issue, etc. So they need to have a crew on hand to clean up! Many of us will remember the time the fuel truck (an Irving Truck) came around the traffic circle and tipped over. A little fuel spilled, but all power in town was shut off, roads were closed, and fireworks cancelled, in an attempt to keep sparks to a minimum! I would think doing more and smaller fills would be better than tying up our fire department!

    • aguruge says :

      I thought I had explained it BUT I went and clarified it. Oil is being delivered by small trucks BUT they still require a fire truck. So it is not a question of using a large truck with a fire truck present, but needing a fire truck, for lengthy periods of time, while multiple (I have heard up to 8) trucks deliver oil.
      Leaks is a risk anytime. So all the ‘state’ is trying to do is to eliminate one point of failure. Oil could leak from where the pipe is hooked up to the truck or to the school inlet. They have a valve to shut the pipe off. So all that can leak is what was already in the pipe (on both sides of the leak) and a few additional gallons. You can’t try to eliminate all risks. I am just curious why this has suddenly become an issue and this need for a fire truck.

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