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Jane Cormier’s House In Alton Foreclosed?

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Click here to access “The Baysider” original — page A15.


FNMA = Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).

I could be wrong BUT a house being ‘purchased’ by FNMA usually means that they have foreclosed on the house.

Hhhhmmmm.

FNMA is a Federal Government sponsored entity. Funny that. So push comes to shove Cormier obviously has no compunctions about BIG government bailing her out.


How Come NOT A Single Teacher From Alton Central School (ACS) Or Prospect Attended School Board ‘Common Core’ Workshop?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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So how come not a SINGLE TEACHER from Alton Central School (ACS) or Alton’s Prospect Mountain High School attended the much vaunted School Board workshop to discuss Common Core?

It is not like teachers don’t attend School Board meetings. They were there in droves earlier in the year when the $18M Bond was being discussed — all seated regimentally together. They attend when awards are being given out.

But, come this crucial, ‘KEY TO THE KIDS’ meeting on Common Core they are conspicuous by their absence.

It could not have been a coincidence or accident.

They were either telling us something or had been told by the Administration to stay away.

Their absence can be interpreted in multiple ways.

As I already said I was disappointed and amazed that the Administration did NOT stand up and defend their decision to pursue Common Core — at least in 2013 – 2014.

We had ancient folks from out-of-town standing up and talking about their teaching experiences from the 1970s — as if that had any bearing on CC.

There were all these non-educators that stood up and claimed that various teachers and unions were against CC.

Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to have some of OUR teachers there to give us THEIR impressions.

Because in the end, it is what they think that really matters?

I could be wrong but I have a sneaking feeling that the Administration told them to stay clear to avoid any flack!

That the Administration, to their dismay or otherwise, knows that they do not have a majority support by the Board is probably influencing their decisions.

Don’t we have an anointed, much-hailed ‘Champion of the Children’? How come he wasn’t there? Whether you support CC or not, somebody OTHER THAN the estimable School Board member, Steve Miller, the GUARDING of Alton’s school kids, needs to be there to represent the kids.

The Administration clearly demonstrated that they are not going to stand up.

I am doing my part. Don’t forget that it was I that got the ball rolling on CC — since I knew that we had an issue even more divisive than the $18M Bond. So I am doing my part — though I really am not passionate one way or another about CC. I am a great believer that you can take a child to a playground but you can’t get her to go on the monkey-bars.

Alton Central (ACS) School Board Summer ‘Workshop’, Thursday, August 8, 2013: Bar Common Core Segment The Rest Was A Non-Event.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I urge you to watch the video as soon as it is available.

I will update this post with a link to it — as soon as Deanna spots it online.


The Workshop from 1: 30 to 3:45 pm was devoid of a audience bar us and a substitute teacher taking notes for the local rag. That was IT!

The Workshop from 1: 30 to 3:45 pm was devoid of a audience bar us and a substitute teacher taking notes for the local rag. That was IT! One of the Board Members was also missing — for the 2nd meeting in a row. Must be taking the Summer off.


I got up and spoke at least 5 times -- I think. Got one major breakthrough. Motion passed, unanimously, that in future MOST public documents discussed by the Board will be displayed, via a 'magic lantern', on the big screen so we can all see what the heck they are talking about.

I got up and spoke at least 5 times — I think. Got one major breakthrough. Motion passed, unanimously, that in future MOST public documents discussed by the Board will be displayed, via a ‘magic lantern’, on the big screen so we can all see what the heck they are talking about. This picture was taken around 3:50 when the CROWDS poured in for the Common Core segment. Didn’t see many Alton parents. A lot of old folks — even older than ME!


It really was a Workshop in two parts: 3 hours of tedium and paper shuffling from 1 to 4 and then 1:20 minutes of rather amusing (if not for the fact that it was so sad) live entertainment along the lines of ‘no, I don’t believe you‘ rhetoric on Common Core.

When we got there just at 1pm my friends Raymond Howard and Steve Miller were there. I was glad. I actually went and sat with them leaving Deanna to sit in the front row. By 1:30 Ray and Steve had both left, albeit after Ray had given one of his pithy and always to the point remarks, in public input, that he always gets the feeling that the Board just loves to spend our money. Ray and Steve had work to do. I feared this with the timing of this Workshop.

So from 1:30 till 3:45 when busloads of ol’ folks turned up to contribute to the Common Core entertainment Deanna and I were the only bona fide PUBLIC at the meeting.

This is beyond the pale. It is diabolic.

Though nothing of IMPORT transpired the agenda for this Workshop included ‘Building Discussion’ and ‘Strategic Plan’, in addition to ‘Common Core’.

So in February – March we had all those fireworks about ACS building renovation and the $18 M bond, now come August no other parents can spare 2 hours to attend this Workshop?

I got up and had my say about this. I claimed that this Board in general, though there are two notable exceptions, make the public feel unwelcome and redundant. Their habit of glibly discussing documents that the public does not get to see is a classical example of this. Yesterday they spend 50 minutes talking about two documents and we (i.e., Deanna and I) had no idea what they were talking about. Bloody waste of our time — but that is how this Board views us. Mere taxpaying chattel — because we are not as rich and famous as they are!

Well, at least, with the help of Carlos Martinez and Steve Miller, I did get a motion passed — unanimously. In future we, the public, will get to see, on the big screen, via a ‘magic lantern’, the documents being discussed by this august board — though, of course, they retained the right, to arbitrarily override this provision when it is not convenient to them or the Administration. Well, we will see how this transpires. Dying to see the minutes.

That there have only been 4 members at this and the last board meeting was beneficial. These 4 members kind of balance each other out. I wonder how many board meetings you can miss before your conscience tells you that you need to quit?

In reality, other than this ‘public display’ motion that I forced them to adopt, the only real action that came out of this Workshop was the formation of a 22 member Strategic Team to look at EVERYTHING pertaining to the future of ACS — including buildings and grounds.

Deanna volunteered to be one of the team members — representing the parents. [To be fair, I was also asked, but I declined because I have never been a committee person. I am broadband.]

Steve Miller will also be on the team representing the Board. That is wonderful. I am glad. So in some ways I know that I am well represented on this Strategic Team: Deanna and Steve. What more can I wish for.

The Common Core was something else — as I knew it would be.

The Administration, to their shame, punted the ball. Neither the Principal nor the Superintendent, William Lander, Esq., had the gumption to stand up and defend what they claim that they believe in.

Instead they got a young lady, quite impressive, from the Dept. of Education, in Concord, to be their proxy. She was politic and didn’t know as much as she should have. She was outsmarted and out-researched by the Common Core detractors.

I know folks will scream at ME but I really have no skin in the game when it comes to Common Core.

Though I have a Master’s and have taught (adults) extensively, I am not a great believer in formal education! So to me Common Core, Apple Core, Metal Core are all the same. Yes, it is also true that I will make sure that my kids know the basics of what they need to know — by hook or by crooks. Once you know the basics, the rest is up to the individual. At least that is how it worked for me.

What cracks me up about Common Core is that our current principal Sydney Leggett has been talking about CC ad nauseum ever since she became Principal. She has told me, on the record, that ACS is committed to CC for 2013 – 2014,

I tried to get a vote — and vote of confidence — on CC yesterday. Check the tape. Sandy Wyatt, the Chair, who I have learnt to respect immensely, and have found is far more savvy than she lets on, very glibly brushed my request aside. By I will try again at the next board meeting which I think is this coming Monday. I want a vote by this Board — for the record.

I think, if Mrs. Wyatt allows me, that the vote will indicate that THIS board is not in support of CC! We know that Carlos Martinez will vote against it. He has to. He has no choice. I know that Steve (my friend) does support CC and did, BRAVELY, go on the record the last time we spoke about it. As ever kudos to Steve. So they cancel out each other. Let me take a stab at this. I think the vote will be 4 – 1 AGAINST CC! So where does that leave Mrs. Leggett?

I did hear something interesting yesterday. Though I had also heard a statement to the contrary at an earlier meeting, there was a muttering that Mrs. Leggett may never have got a VOTE from the Board to proceed with CC. Oh dear!

IF I had a say, I will stand with Mrs. Leggett. We need SOME standards and CC is a standard. That I am a UNESCO-brat may or may not have anything to do with it. But since I am a foreigner I don’t count anyway.

But, let me please urge all ACS parents to WATCH THE TAPE.

make up your own mind. Come to the meetings. They sure beat TV.

Alton Central (ACS) School Board Summer ‘Workshop’ — Thursday, August 8, 2013, 1 pm – 5 pm. It Should Be Hilarious.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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entertainmentmaskAt this ‘workshop’, originally billed, erroneously, by the Superintendent, William Lander, as ‘the retreat’, will address, in public, ‘Common Core‘ and the new charter for the ‘Buildings & Grounds Committee‘.

There is also a session on the future vision of the board, but I think there is nothing that cannot be easily and inexpensively fixed there with some pairs of Dollar Store reading glasses.

The scheduled 1 hour segment for discussing ‘Common Core’ should prove to be the BEST public forum entertainment that has been available in Alton all Summer. Forget the July 3rd fireworks. The fireworks during this session should be spectacular. Jane Cormier, Alton’s indefatigable State Rep, Jane Cormier, per her husband, School Board member Carlos Martinez, will attend and speak on this issue. Per a request I had made in May, Carlos asked whether she could be on the agenda. That was denied. She will have to speak during ‘public input’ so to speak. This should be a very entertaining hour.

Now that the Board, made an about-turn, and decided that they are not going to move the 4th Grade modulars, we should also have some fun discussions during the ‘Buildings & Grounds’ segment.

I am assuming that the SAU, will per custom, tape all of this and put it on YouTube. My guess is that parts of this will go viral. Now if we could only monetize that through YouTube. That will pay for a $36 M school.

I Request That The Alton Central School Board Do A Joint ‘Common Core Curriculum’ With Alton State Rep. Jane Cormier.

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As I have been championing for the last week, we all need to get educated on the ‘Common Core Curriculum’ before we start debating the pros and cons. So, I brought it up at the May 13, 2013 School Board meeting — as a request, after I was told by them what I can or cannot do in ‘Public Input’. That was fine. All I required was to make a request. That was duly noted. I want Jane Cormier to also do a presentation at that same meeting so that the school administration and her can sort out where they stand relative to each other. Jane’s husband, who is a School Board member, was very much in support. So this is all good.

Since the supposed ‘fact’ that the ‘Common Core Curriculum’ mandates that students wear a federally-monitored biometric bracelet was brought up at Jane Cormier’s Saturday meeting, I demanded that Devanee, who is being homeschooled, be provided with one — since I do not want her to be the only kid in Alton that was left behind. The Principal and Superintendent ‘deny’ any knowledge of such bracelets. How can that be? Is it possible that the biometric bracelet is a red herring? We will find out, though the meeting might not happen till July or August when most parents are enjoying the vacation. But, I will get to the bottom of this biometric bracelet issue.

As I said at the meeting, I am surprised that they are talking about a bracelet. Why don’t they just implant a chip? Kids will not be able to tamper with it.

Again Lets Get The Facts Right About The ‘Common Core Curriculum’ Biometric Bracelet.

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Deanna took particular notice of all the concerns raised at Saturday’s meeting about the biometric bracelets that the kids were going to be forced to wear. As with the misinformation about school hours in Korea, I knew that this didn’t sound true. So, as I always do, I set to to check it out. This article spells it all out.

Click to access article in June 2012 edition of 'Forbes'.

Click to access article in June 2012 edition of ‘Forbes’.

‘Common Core Curriculum’ In NH Meeting By Alton State Rep. Jane Cormier Today At The Gilman Library.

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Jane Cormier.

As I pointed out on Wednesday, I really don’t know enough about the ‘Common Core Curriculum’ to take a strong stance about it. So, I got Deanna to attend this meeting. I couldn’t make it because this is ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ weekend and in the main it has been my job to make sure Devanee gets to all the requisite performances and practices (because the ‘Chorale’ was my idea) — and this weekend, starting last night, she has a total of four, because they are doing two concerts, one tonight and the other tomorrow.

So, Deanna went. She came back with some G-2. It was Jane’s meeting but Doris Hohensee (another State Rep or somebody who ran to be a State rep) also helped out. There was about 20 people in attendance. As far as she can tell there was NOBODY from Alton Central School (ACS) or the Alton School Board. Yes, Jane’s husband, Carlos Martinez is the new School Board member. He wasn’t there. From what she could see there was ONLY ONE ‘concerned Alton taxpayer’ in attendance — but he is a GOOD ONE. Maybe the best. So, I am happy about that.

Over the last 2 weeks I have learned, to my cost, that nobody in Alton cares about the issues that I bring to light. So, I am not going to bother. Let apathy rain, like Spring showers. As some of you may have worked out I have a bigger and better things to do. Push comes to shove I will just pay the additional property tax. So …

It does appear that there was, as was to be expected, some misinformation being touted around, with gay abandon, about the education system in South Korea. Two people are supposed to have claimed that the kids attend school till 10:30 pm at night! Well, I challenge these people, or Jane, to provide me with credible evidence of this. I found this and it says school close at 4 or 4:30 pm. Well, I attended an ‘expensive’ private school in Britain, Mill Hill, the same school that Mrs. Thatcher’s husband attended (and was the birthplace of the peerless ‘Oxford Dictionary’) and we classes 6 days a week, some of it late into the night, because sports, 3 to 3 days a week was also mandatory. I happened to be at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH this last Saturday night at 9:30 pm. I saw ‘young’ kids coming out of classes at 9:30 pm. So I guess it must be OK if it is in Brewster. Given that I had all my education in Asia or Britain, I am not one to criticize those systems especially because I managed to do ‘OK’, with the education I received, in the U.K. and in the U.S.



I happened to meet Tim Croes at the Alton dump this afternoon. We had a good chat. He is contrite. That is good. We are cool. Tim is young enough to be my son, possibly even my grandson. He knows that he let me down on a personal sense, because I had befriended him. But, it was a good chat. I am glad we spoke. I won’t bust Tim’s chops anymore. As for ‘speedy Gonzales’, 90 MPH Spaulding … who shows no contrition … That is a different matter.



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