Alton Central School (ACS) N.H. — Is This A Bad Joke, Part-Time Superintendent Bill Lander To Now Do Double Duty As Acting Principal?
by Anura Guruge
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This is beyond a joke. This borders on a crime — a crime against the children, parents and taxpayers of Alton, N.H.
There is only one word of worth in this whole sad statement. William (‘Bill’) Lander sure will be ‘ACTING’. That is all he ever does and he does even that badly.
This is a man that has admitted in public that he can’t chew gum and rub his stomach at the same time. He, as he has consistently proved at School Board Meetings, is continually confused. If you don’t believe me that he is always in a state of confusion check these, approved, minutes from the March 2014 ACS School Board Meeting. He is again made to apologize for misspeaking.
So is Bill Lander who tried to wheedle an ‘off contract’ bonus and duped the School Board into hiring a friend as a $3,000 facilitator now going to get TWO salaries — and please do not forget he does NOT work full-time.
Is he going to be working full-time?
Why this sudden change when just a couple of weeks ago, Bill Lander, was telling us, in writing in his Blander Blog, that ‘the finalist‘ will be interviewed on June 2. We have the paper trail right here.
There is something not right.
If there were finalist why this sudden major about face?
Did Lander, as he did with the $3,000 facilitator appointment, engineer this just for his personal gain?
As I have said before Lander has the Board at HIS beck and call, rather than the other way around as it should be.
Is this really the BEST for the Alton kids, parents and taxpayers?
Mikel LaChapelle would have made a much better interim principal. Linda Wilman looks impressive too.
Compared to those two, Lander, despite his ample physical presence, pales in comparison when it comes to imbuing credibility. When was Lander last at an ACS afterschool event? Did Lander take part in the Winni-Walk last Friday? I don’t think so. He is too high and mighty to be seen with the kids.
Kids don’t like Lander. They find him, understandably, intimidating and officious. Kids like Mikel LaChapelle and Mrs. Willman.
This was a bad decision.
I am distraught IF you haven’t worked it out by now.
by Anura Guruge
Posting John Cranwell’s obituary yesterday got me thinking. I really should chronicle some of my life at Mill Hill — though now, older (if not any wiser), I realize that there are probably stories involving lets say ‘the armory’, ‘ivy plants’, ‘laxatives’, ‘prize for reading in the chapel’, ‘pantry raids’, ‘stolen exam papers’ and ‘the eagle lectern from the chapel’ that I shouldn’t talk about though I think the ‘the Potassium Permanganate induced purple swimming pool on Parent’s Day’ story is open game. Unlike others I wasn’t at Mill Hill for long. I was there for the ‘6th Form‘ to get my ‘A-Levels‘ (Advanced Level) and thereby get to an university. I arrived in September 1969 and was kicked out, expelled, as a disruptive influence, in ‘May’ 1971 — a few weeks ahead of the ‘A-Level’ exams, though I was allowed to come in and take them as an ‘external candidate’. I can’t say that this was the best or happiest period of my life. It was traumatic. My adoptive parents basically abandoned me, just as I turned 16, and took off to New Delhi, India, some 3,000 miles away. I was left all alone in England. I don’t blame them (anymore). If I was my son, I would have abandoned him too. I had not lived in Britain prior to that. I had visited BUT going to Mill Hill as a boarder was when I first started living in Britain. It wasn’t fun. But I survived. Made me what I am. Racism was alive and well and I used to be routinely called, at a minimum, a ‘wog‘ though I would often point out that it was people from the Middle East, like Jesus, who were ‘wogs’ and that us darkies from ‘Asia’ should be called something else. I learnt two wonderful expressions, that I still use, with relish: ‘Play the White Man‘ & ‘Munda Logic‘. [Refer to this post for an explanation.]
Anyway, I was thinking …
I am, as some of you know, terrible about names. So I can’t remember 99.9% of the folks that I should remember from Mill Hill.
I do remember Felix Francis — now a famous author following (with his characteristic limp) in the footsteps of his famous, once-a-jockey, father, Dick Francis, the very successful author of novels about horse racing. Felix, like I, was at School House. We might even have shared a dormitory. He was nice. I can’t recall him ever been mean. He always seemed pleasant with a smile that could have been interpreted that he was happy with his lot in life. I am glad he has done well. We have not ‘spoken’ since our days at Mill Hill. He probably doesn’t even remember me — just another of the pesky brown faces. I knew that he was the son of a famous writer. I have never read a Dick Francis book. Maybe I should. I have seen Dick Francis. He, of course, used to come to the school to see Francis — though I don’t think Francis played much sports.
So Felix Francis I do remember. Well he is famous though I note that he has yet to make the Wikipedia Notable Mill Hill Alumni list. He should. Maybe I should edit that list. I will never make that list but that is how it should be.
The other famous Millhillian of my time was A Sigmund Freud grandson. Was it Paul Freud — now a famous artist? It distresses me much and I am acutely embarrassed but I can’t remember his name. I am bad with names. [She doesn’t say it anymore now that we have been married for 11 years, but when we were first married Deanna used to say, half in jest, ‘your problem is you can’t even remember the names of all the women you slept with in the last year’.] Well, I never slept with anyone at Mill Hill. Of that there will never be any doubt of debate. Remember me saying earlier that I was expelled for being a ‘disruptive influence’. Do you know what my underlying ‘crime’ was? Want to guess. I was agitating that certain ‘tendencies’ involving young boys should be curbed! Think Catholic clerical sex crimes. Well, I will leave it at that. I was expelled and I left School House, in a taxi, with my head held high, and kids in every 2nd floor window, facing the road, cheering my — and not because I was leaving but because I was a ‘hero’ of sorts for trying to point out that young boys have rights too. Anyway … I can’t remember the name of the Freud. Is that Freudian?
Unlike Felix he was not in my grade. He was definitely 3 (or more) years younger than me. Thin (maybe even frail), pale and VERY artistic. Not sure how we knew each other — though in reality everybody knew everybody given that we were all thrown in together. In my last year at School House I had my own room, ‘Study’. It was one of the ‘privileged’ ones. It was up on the roof. I think there were only 3 studies up on the roof. The roof studies were special, compared to those on the two main floors, because we got exceptional privacy and we could get onto the roof JUST by stepping out of our windows. Once you were on the roof you were free. Climb down from the roof, at night, when the rest of the school slept, and London was your oyster — if you hitchicked. And I did. Even got picked up by a Rolls Royce.
Well when I had this exclusive roof study, the young Freud approached me and asked whether he could paint it for me. That was one of our prerogatives. We could have our studies painted whatever we wanted. OK, maybe that was only the roof studies and maybe only if you were a school prefect (as I was for awhile before I resigned (that homosexulaity thing …)). Maybe I asked him. I really can’t remember. Bottom line was that he did paint my entire study including the roof. He started by painting everything, 4 walls and the roof BLACK. Then using luminous silver he painted his depiction of what space would look like if you were standing on the moon. To say it was BRILLIANT would be an understatement. It was indeed a work of out. People came to see my study. So I think it had to be Paul. But, for whatever reason, I keep on thinking ‘Ashley’. Yes, there is an Ashley Freud.
I wish I had a picture of that moonscape study. I wish I remembered his name. I wish I can get in touch with him. IF you are reading this and you know the Freud PLEASE tell him that I THANK HIM and wish him well.
Now, I really must go and finish my latest book on popes.
Cheers. More on Mill Hill at a later date.
by Anura Guruge
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That GoDaddy, my Domain Registrar, Web hosting & e-mail provider, is planning to go public has been no secret. I think it first got talked about over 18 months ago.
In a way I am glad. Being public might keep them on their toes — something that has been sadly lacking, to my costs, over the last year or so, since $11 million/year ex-Microsoft Blake Irving took over the reigns from Bob Parson.
I have been with GoDaddy since at least 2002, maybe even earlier. I was their greatest fan and must have recommended them to hundreds.
Yes, GoDaddy has helped me and for that I will always be grateful — their biggest help coming in February 2013, the day the Pope quit and I was getting 150 hits per SECOND on my ‘popes and papacy‘ blog, hosted by GoDaddy. I am too entrenched with GoDaddy for me to ever stop being a customer. But of late I have been using Yola for more and more of my Web hosting needs. Yola isn’t perfect but they are cost effective. Pricing and support are my bugbears with GoDaddy. Charging existing customers more for Web hosting that new customers seem wrong to me. Yes, I know that this is a common ploy but I had hoped that GoDaddy, which used to be SO, SO customer-oriented would do getter. And then there is support. GoDaddy used to have ‘decent’ support. Now it is cavalier beyond belief. A shame. I don’t get it. Bob Parson appeared to have it ALL RIGHT. Now it has all been thrown to the wind.
The numbers reported for the IPO are sobering. A $200 million loss is a $200 loss and it blows my mind that Blake Irving is getting paid $10 million a year to lose $200 million. What a deal.
While the GoDaddy stock probably will do well I do not think that I will be subscribing.
Laconia (N.H)., Tragic Fatal Accident: 82-Year Old In Motorized Wheelchair Dies After Being Struck By Minivan.
by Anura Guruge
Second fatal accident, close to home, in two days.
First we had the head-on, overtaking on Route 11 crash in Alton (N.H.) Sunday night. WMUR still doesn’t have any additional news on this. I this morning, on my near daily run up Prospect Mountain Road, was talking to an Alton Policeman who was doing traffic duty — PSNH trimming trees by the road. He was called to the accident. He said, without going into details, that it was terrible.
Now this tragic accident in Laconia.
Laconia, to us, is still ‘home’. We go there often. We were there last Thursday. We ‘know’ these folks on the heavily decorated, flags-aloft, motorized wheelchairs in Laconia. We have seen them in front of Vista. I think there are at least three of them. I have waved to them and have said ‘Hi’ when I see them at the Laconia Multicultural Day.
Got me thinking about fatal traffic accidents around here and in N.H. in general. I could NOT be sure whether a fatality was normal or whether these two fatal accidents, back-to-back, very close to home just struck a nerve. So I did some quick cursory research. I, at least for now, couldn’t find very contemporaneous data. Most of what I could find was from 2009 — when it appears that there was a major national survey. 14,000 fatal accidents for the year in 2009. 40 a day! I was surprised — and that is good news. So, in reality, less than one death, per state, per day. WOW. Who would have thought.
The fatality rate for N.H. seems to be around the 110 mark per year. So that is like one every three days. So two in a day, though not off the chart, is a tad askew.
The fatality rates have been going down and had hit a 47-year low in 2010. But, they are on the increase and the police thinks it is because of excessive speeding. So this got me even MORE riled up about that editorial column in the Alton/Barnstead/New Durham local paper, ‘The Baysider‘, where the Editor, Josh Spaulding, BOASTS about driving at near 90 mph! That is criminal speeding. Boasting about that in print, in an editorial column, by an Editor, is morally reprehensible. But, NH being what it is nobody, other than me, will even mention this blatant disregard of civic responsibility. Frank Chilinski, the President & Publisher of ‘The Baysider’, said or did NOTHING. I guess he thought it was funny. He doesn’t live in NH.
Got me thinking (given it is very hard to get me to stop thinking). Just a few weeks ago there were all these calls, nationwide, to boycott Wolfeboro, NH because of an inane remark made by a senile Police Commissioner. Well I said that folks should NOT boycott Wolfeboro because of the dumb Police Commissioner but that they should, by all means, boycott Wolfeboro for the unsolved murder of poor Stacey Burns. Well, as of now I am going to amend that. Boycott Wolfeboro, N.H. for the unsolved (5-year) murder of Stacey Burns and for harboring and glorifying a newspaper editor, Josh Spaulding, who glorifies criminal speeding in print, in a local newspaper read by teens, when the NH police is concerned that speed is increasing fatalities in N.H.
That is it for the day on this. Yes, I feel better now that I got that off my chest. Yes, irresponsible writing, First Amendment protected or otherwise, irks me.