by Anura Guruge
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>> Common Core 2014 – 2015
>> — Aug. 26, 2014.
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at ACS Board — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.
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But, ACS in its infinite wisdom has decided that the late buses will NOT start till mid-September!
Is this a JOKE?
This is grossly irresponsible at multiple levels, key among them being the blatant disregard for conserving resources, reducing pollution and helping Alton parents with their budgets. All Alton parents, alas, are not rich like the handsomely compensated School Administration. We have buses to reduce the amount of cars that have to go to and fro to pick up (and drop off) kids at school.
This is inexcusable. I am going to take this to as many places as I can and my angel will be, quite rightly, that of resource conservation.
IF ACS claims that this is a COST ISSUE I will laugh in their face. They didn’t budget for this? Why not?
If ACS can now afford all these lawyers they can’t afford to provide late buses?
The biggest problem we have is that most in Alton just don’t seem to care.
IF we had local elected officials that cared about such matters, at a minimum, the Selectmen would intervene.
They claim to teach the kids about recycling, energy conservation etc. and then they do this? What a joke.
This is bad. This is sad. This is Alton.
“Glengarry Bhoys” & “The Brigadoons” Together — The Dream Ticket For The 2014 ‘Highland Games’ At Loon, N.H.
by Anura Guruge
>> Not the same ol’ Bhoys … — Aug. 16, 2014.
>> “Glengarry Bhoys” 2014 Games — Aug. 8, 2014.
>> Featured 2013 pipe band — Aug. 27, 2013.
>> We will be boycotting 2013 Games — Aug. 9, 2013.
>> NH Highland Games 2012: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
>>– Sep. 23, 2012.
>> NH Highland Games 2012: The Report Card
>>– Sep. 23, 2012.
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IF the organizers of the 2014 NH Games, i.e., the team from ‘The New Hampshire Gathering of the Scottish Clans‘, had ANY sense and we can end that sentence right there because ‘sense’, ‘highland games’ and ‘organizers’ don’t really go in the same sentence. I have finally come to the sad conclusion that their brains have been well and truly addled by all that good, smooth Scottish gold that they so conspicuously consume with pride.
Well, the ONLY reason I am even thinking about the Games this year is because of the Bhoys. Until I saw that they were coming I was going to boycott the games again because I really had enough of the same ol’ names year in, year out and NO big name pipe bands. But, I am a HUGE fan of the Bhoys. They used to be brilliant and I hope they still are — and I will cut them slack since the years do take a toll on all of us.
After I did my last post about the Bhoys, and raved about the impromptu jam they did in the parking lot, c. 1999, I remembered another unforgettable classic from the Games. It was probably 2002 when the wonderful Shelley Downing crossed over from The Brigadoons to the Bhoys. The Brigadoons, led by the irrepressible Denis Carr, came on stage (and by now we had ‘the TENT’) with the Bhoys and did a few songs together with Denis leading the vocals. I think it was their way of telling us that this was still all one family from Glengarry County and that there were no hard feelings about Shelley crossing over.
Each of these wonderful groups is good on their own. Together synergy, such an elusive element, kicked in. It was magical.
I hope they do it again.
IF the buggers weren’t so dipsomaniacal they would arrange, say for 4pm on Sunday, a 40 minute Bhoys cum Brigadoons jam.
They already have the separate dinner dances over the Games posted. I can’t find one where the Bhoys and Brigadoons are together. If they were I would go.
So fingers crossed. Lets demand Bhoys cum Brigadoons jam. I will ask Denis. I think it will amuse him. I like Denis. He is such a nice guy.
Be Leery, Very, Very Leery Of ‘coveringnewhampshire.org’ — They Are But A Front For One And Only One Company.
by Anura Guruge
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A few days ago Deanna came home with a very fancy, glossy 4-page brochure that boasted ‘The New Hampshire Health Insurance Marketplace’. I was slightly taken back, though I had heard TV and radio ads for them. The last I looked, and it was just over a month ago, New Hampshire was still using Obama’s fraud-riddled ‘healthcare.gov‘ as the State Health EXCHANGE.
Do NOT be confused, do NOT be fooled. IF you are looking for ‘Affordable Healthcare Act’ (ACA) provided health insurance in N.H. you still need, alas, to use ‘healthcare.gov’. That is the only way to get the NOW THREATENED premium reducing tax credits. Got that?
‘Coveringnewhampshire’ is nothing but a front for the totally useless, rapacious, money-grabbing, ‘New Hampshire Health Plan‘ — the OLD plan that those of us who had pre-existing conditions HAD to use.
I, alas, had insurance from the despicable ‘New Hampshire Health Plan‘ for nearly 5 years. They were useless. During that time they did NOT pay a single bill. They wouldn’t even pay for my flu shot though they claim that it is covered — OUTSIDE of deductible. You do not, thanks to ACS, need them. Other insurance companies can’t turn you down for pre-existing. So, PLEASE be careful. Do not get conned. OK?
Healthcare.gov still sucks, BUT if you need health insurance you should start there. OK?
Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Year After Infamous ‘Common Core’ Vote By Board School Continues With ‘Core’.
by Anura Guruge
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>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at
>> ACS Board — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote …
>> — Sep. 16, 2013.
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It was September 16, 2013, when the ACS School Board voted 3-to-2 not to ‘support’ use of ‘Common Core‘ at Alton Central School. Starting immediately after this landmark vote there was confusion as to what the vote was supposed to mean. Within 3 weeks the ever pugnacious ACS Superintendent, William ‘Bill’ Lander, was telling the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ that the Board’s ‘rejection’ of Common Core has no immediate consequences — and let us now dwell on that word ‘immediate’. Of course we all understood that they wouldn’t and couldn’t change the plans for the 2013 – 2014 school year that was already underway.
But now we have started, as of yesterday, the 2014 – 2015 ACS School Year and Common Core is everywhere. I went to the ‘Open House’ last Thursday, and as ever it was good, positive and fun and it was a great pity that the new Acting Principal, William ‘Bill’ Lander, always busy with his heavy teaching schedule at Plymouth State (PSU) and his extensive repertoire of publications, was not there for us — or at least we didn’t see him though we toured the whole school, end-to-end, and saw nearly everybody else. But we understand that he was there but I am puzzled as to why we didn’t see him because we were there from 5:30 till past 7pm. The new Associate Principal, Linda Willman shone — she was quite literally glowing. She is good news. She will do well. We are so happy that she, ignoring the meaningless titles, is heading up ACS. Good things will happen with her in charge.
I saw tons of ‘Singapore Math‘ books in various classrooms. I checked with a couple of teachers. Common Core is ALL GO.
So what gives?
Is the Board just going to forget that they had that vote?
Or is it that the Administration is going to ignore the board.
There is a bigger picture here, with these three incidents serving as landmarks:
Sept. 2013: Board votes against ‘Common Core’ administration continues with ‘Common Core’.
June 2014: Board overturns three bullying decisions made by the supposedly trained ACS Administration.
August 2014: The ACS Administration gets Diane M. Gorrow of the law firm Soule, Leslie, Kidder et. al. to write a letter to Jay C. Boynton, the ACS School Board’s attorney asking for a bullying hearing to be dismissed! When the letter appeared in my inbox it took me a second to work out the implications. The Superintendent is using a lawyer to communicate with the Board about a bullying hearing! As far as I knew the Administration ‘worked’ for the Board. Seems incongruous, if not downright wrong, to me — but what do I know. I just try to document this stuff BECAUSE nobody else does. I did not even realize that ACS now has, and it must mean, HIRES, two law firms: one by the Administration and the other by the Board. Who is paying for these lawyers — unless, of course, they are doing this pro bono because they like Alton and are committed to the cause of Public Education.
So, that is the state of play.