Archive | August 22, 2013

“Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia” eBook Available FREE From August 23 to 28, 2013. Read On Any Platform.

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Related posts:
>> “Comets 101: Facts & Trivia” eBook
>>July 18, 2013.
>> ‘Comet ISON for Kids’
>>July 29, 2013.

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August 27 is a rather important day in my life.

So this 5 day have it for FREE is meant to span that day.

It was the day that I left Ceylon (aged 13.9 years) in 1967.

It was my start date at IBM (Hursley) in 1974
(aged 20.9 and armed with my B. Sc. (Hons.)),

though it a Monday that year, was a Bank Holiday in the UK,
and I only reported to work on August 28
— albeit getting paid for the 27th.
[Since this was my very first job of any sort I started my work career getting paid for holiday WITHOUT having worked a single day.]

It is ~ a ‘week’ ahead of my birthday.

So, to celebrate I am giving away this eBook for free.

Check it out. It is a fun book.

Enjoy.



Watch Alton Central (ACS) School Board Chair Read Glowing Synopsis Of Once Suspended Facilitator With NO Mention Of Suspension.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The prior ‘hire the $3,000 Facilitator’ post
with ‘Breaking News’ retraction
from Board Member Steve Miller.


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This is classic. Watch this. Listen to the Chair, Sandy Wyatt, read this glowing resume. She reads about her tenure at Raymond. What is missing? Just the dates. Nothing more, nothing less. 

This resume was provided to her by the Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander, who admits, and it is on this very tape, that he knows this person. Talk about keeping the public in the dark.

Watch and be amazed. This is your elected officials at work.

That said, I feel bad for Sandy Wyatt. I don’t know her and I am not sure, and I could be wrong, but I think she is not Machiavellian. In this instance she was set up by Mr. Lander. For that I feel bad. But, she, as the Chair, must have some powers to question and censure.


Facilitator Hired By Alton Central (ACS) SCHOOL BOARD, For $3,000, To Spearhead Crucial ‘Strategic Plan’ Suspended In Raymond Last September.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> ACS Strategic Plan stumbles … — Aug. 22, 2013.
>> ACS Aug. 20, 2013 Board Meeting — Aug. 20, 2013.

>> ACS Board Aug. 8 Workshop … — Aug. 9, 2013.
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This is indeed interesting news. I was under the impression that
Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander,
had briefed the Board, in non-public session, as to this matter.

Why would he have not done so?

Did he not think it was germane?


Key Points:

§ Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander, who proposed Jean Richards, with unstinted praise, never mentioned this suspension in public session.

§ Board Members present at the August 8 meeting where this was approved: Sandy Wyatt, Terri Noyes, Steve Miller & Carlos Martinez.

§ Suspension from Raymond took place in September 2012 — less than a year ago.

§ It is not clear from the 2nd (Raymond) report, but there still appears to be residual cases in court.

§ She is now Superintendent of a school district, Monroe, with 72 students? Link.

§ Why weren’t any other Superintendents considered, or was this (another) insider-job given that Mr. Lander has indicated that he ‘knows’ her?

§ Given that bullying in various forms is a major issue at ACS it seems ironic that the Board would decide to hire a facilitator who was at ‘troubled’ Raymond.

§ To me this is another example of this board being insensitive to the parents & kids at ACS and thumbing their nose, yet again, at the bullying issues!

§ I hear, and I do not as yet, have the details, that Alton’s Prospect Mountain High School is facing a bullying lawsuit. So, the Board hires this facilitator for their strategic plan? What are they drinking?


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School Board Chair reading glowing account of proposed facilitator
with no mention of the suspension (and resignation).

Alton Central School (ACS) Strategic Plan Suffers A Stumble Ahead Of The Start Gate.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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<Related posts:
>> ACS Aug. 20, 2013 Board Meeting — Aug. 20, 2013.
>> No quorum … — Aug. 13, 2013.
>> NOT a single teacher from ACS … — Aug. 10, 2013.
>> ACS Board Aug. 8 Workshop … — Aug. 9, 2013.
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CommitteesWantAt the 4 hour 20 minute ACS School Board WORKSHOP on Thursday, August 8, 2013, all of the heavy lifting to do with plans for building renovation, vision for ACS etc. etc. were delegated to a 22 person Strategic Plans Committee.

With the Boards approval the Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander, got $3,000 to hire a Dr. Jean Richards to mediate this Committee with the first kick-off meeting, a full-day gala, scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2013.

Two School Board members, one of them, Steve Miller, was co-opted onto this Committee. The other 20 were going to be volunteers from the community. Deanna volunteered on the spot to get the ball rolling. I was asked but politely declined since I really detest Committees, get bored and then start mischief making. So they still had to find 19 volunteers in roughly 2 weeks.

Steve Parker, of marina fame, told me he was asked but he couldn’t make a full-day meeting as he is too busy during the Summer.

Mr. Lander was quite bullish that he would be able to field a full 22 person committee on the 23rd.

We heard at yesterday’s Board Meeting that Friday’s kickoff meeting has been cancelled because they couldn’t get enough participants. Surprise, surprise. Deanna was kind of pleased since we have to pick up Devanee from her 12-day camp and she would have had to miss that if the meeting was on. Teischan and I were going go pick her up. Now we can all go.

While getting material ready for this post I discovered something interesting about the hired mediator. I have e-mailed Mr. Lander and two School Board members for clarification. Once I hear from them I will share it with you all.

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