Archive | September 19, 2013

Alton Central School (ACS) Board Members Get Congratulated For Their (Meaningless) Common Core Vote.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Letter pags on September 19, 2013 Laconia Sun. Can't give you the exact link because they only provide link for past issues. So you have to go to home page and access today's paper.

Letter pags on September 19, 2013 Laconia Sun. Can’t give you the exact link because they only provide link for past issues. So you have to go to home page and access today’s paper.


Wow.

Fame at last. I expect to see Carlos, a season broadcaster and stage performer, on Fox News one of these nights.

The FED is the toast of the world today — of all days. But, that is beside the point.

I wish these people would include all the letters they have earned after their names when they write about matters related to education.

I actually e-mailed the Superintendent, William (Bill) Lander, on this yesterday.

I, for one, would like to know the educational credentials of two of the board members that voted against CC — without actually working out what they were voting against.

I really hope that they have at least some College education.

C’est la vie.

Anura Guruge
B. Sc. (Hons.) Computer Technology — University of Wales, 1974
M.Sc. (with Distinction) Computer Science, University of London, 1979

Why Is Alton Central School (ACS) Doing A Pre-School Screening For 3 to 4 Year Olds NOW … 2013 – 2014 School Year Already Started.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.
>> How come no ACS teachers attended
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September 19, 2013 Laconia Daily Sun, bottom of page 15. Can't give you link to the paper itself because the Sun's IT folks must have been trained by the ACS IT staff!

September 19, 2013 Laconia Daily Sun, bottom of page 15. Can’t give you link to the paper itself because the Sun’s IT folks must have been trained by the ACS IT staff!


I just happened to see this.

Confused the heck out of me.

Yes, I e-mailed the Superintendent, William (Bill) Lander, immediately. I have not heard back.

Actually my second e-mail to him in less than 24 hours and my 3rd this week — though I do honestly try not to bother him too much.

Yes, I was at all the ACS School Board meetings when pre-school enrollment, the ballot, the model students etc. were discussed, BUT I didn’t pay much attention. I have a habit, per my ‘my brain is my best friend’ regime, of tuning out stuff that I don’t need. Just reduces the clutter and frees up cycles to work on stuff that I have to do. Yes, I write paragraphs for my books at meetings.

Seems very strange. School year has already started. On Monday they even gave us an enrollment number.

I have to assume all the pre-school teachers and aids have been hired and are already on the books. So why now?

P.S., I am a HUGE supporter of the ACS Pre-School program run by the beyond exceptional, absolutely AMAZING, Saintly Mrs. Joan Rees, 2010’s Pre-School Educator of the Year for the State. Teischan was accepted into ACS when she was 4 as a special needs. Mrs. Rees and Mrs. Dorr worked miracles on her. I think Mrs. Rees is the cat’s whiskers. Mrs. Dorr is very special too.

So don’t get me wrong. I am not against the ACS pre-school program. I am ever grateful for what it did for Teischan. I would not deprive that for anybody. All kids deserve that break.

My only concern is the timing.

U.S. Cellular Having Website Logon Issues And Horrendous, 2 Hour(+) Hold Times On Customer Support Calls!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE and read error message from U.S. Cellular.



I had noticed that they were having Website issues a few weeks ago but hadn’t given it much notice. Everything I did with U. S. Cellular, who had been my cell provider for over 12 years, was automated and rote. So I didn’t really have to do anything. They auto billed my credit card etc.

Today was a different matter.

I finally pulled the trigger. I switched to Consumer Cellular (with my AARP discount). That was as smooth as could have been. Wow. Talk about simple, straightforward and great support. Bang, bang, bang. They transferred two numbers over from U. S. Cellular, activated the service and then confirmed, an hour later, via a text message, that the two-way cell phone number transfers had been successfully achieved. Nothing but kudos for them. Very different to my abortive attempt with Walmart’s Straight Talk. More about my great experience with Consumer Cellular in a later post.

Though my account with U.S. Cellular should automatically cancel within 24 hours, now that the numbers have been successfully ported, I do NOT trust U. S. Cellular.

I tried to cancel using the Website. That didn’t go well.

Around 7:40 pm I call 611. They did say that they had long wait times because of Website and billing problems! After 45 minutes on hold, with the same bloody annoying message claiming that they can prolong your life I was disconnected.

I tried again, while watching cricket at 10 pm. 50 minutes later I got to talk to a rep.

As soon as I said I wanted to cancel she said she had to transfer me! Back on hold again.

I stayed on hold till midnight. That was a full two hours.

During that time, while I also did some research into the fascinating 18-year long Trent Council of the 16th century, I:

1/ Used U. S. Cellular’s e-mail system to request a cancellation.

2/ Filed an online complaint against U. S. Cellular with the FCC.

3/ Filed a complaint against U. S. Cellular with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) given the recent success I have had with them.

4/ I also cancelled my autopay.

What more can I do?

Just a heads up. If you need to contact U. S. Cellular you might be out of LUCK.

Sorry.

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