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My May 2013 Post On Alton Central School (ACS) Board And Bullying Issue Getting Widespread Attention!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Related posts:
>> Stand Up 2013 N.H. —
>> Nov. 16, 2013.

>> Anti-bullying Rachel’s
>> Challenge at ACS —
>> Sep. 26, 2013.

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About a month ago I noticed a sudden SPIKE in the interest in this post — which kind of surprised me since, like most things related to ACS other than building renovation, nobody in Alton appears to give a damn about ACS-related matters whether it be Common Core, Strategic Plan involvement, lack of safety glass in the school, Destination Imagination (DI), etc. etc.

The hits have continued daily and I know that MOST are not from within NH. That a kind, gentle lady, a fellow author, commented on it from Nevada shows that this post is getting widespread attention. And I am glad — though it does NOT help us in Alton, N.H. per se.

I, despite my best efforts, have failed miserably in trying to get a modicum of accountability from this outlandishly arrogant, ‘gag the public’, and totally dysfunctional, School Board. Well now at least others can see what I have had to contend with. That is some consolation. If nothing else I will document the charade in my vain, but probably now incorrect, belief that ‘the pen‘ has some might.

Contrary to what some think this blog is read around the world and most of my hits are from OUTSIDE New Hampshire — which delights me no end given that I really am, in the end, a bona fide denizen of the world. Scroll down and check the flag counter at the bottom of the sidebar. Click on it. You might learn something. This site has been visited from 185 countries.


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This is my world coverage in the last 365 days.

And here is the kicker.
This is NOT my most popular blog!

That remains popes-and-papacy
that has racked up 227,630 hits
though I haven’t posted on it, on a regular basis, since March!

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Alton Central School (ACS) Superintendent, Bill Lander, Cancels Board Meeting Set For Today, Monday, August 26, 2013. How Convenient?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1. Aug. 26 School Board meeting … — Aug. 26, 2013.
2. Hiring a once suspended facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
3. ACS Board Chair ‘promoting’ facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
4. Board members: To Disclose or Not … — Apr. 14, 2013.


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Sheer genius. You have to hand it to them. So clever.

At least for that Alton taxpayers should be grateful. How many of YOU taxpayers actually realize that Mr. William ‘Bill’ Lander, Superintendent, despite the generous full-pay he receives only works part-time — with the blessing of the Board? Many of you probably can’t even remember. But the deal was that the new Superintendent, as opposed to the last ‘Pluto is a Planet’ advocate, was going to be full-time. We certainly pay him what appears to be a full-time salary. But, I found out, from the horse’s mouth itself, that he negotiated part-time hours! Has to be nice.

So, he cancels the Board Meeting, and avoids any discussion on the hiring of the $3,000 strategic plan facilitator, and says it is because it clashes with ‘Back to School Night’.

So did THEY forget it was Back to School Night?

How convenient … and other words beginning in ‘c’.

As some of you may have realized I like words. I like to play with words. After this strategic planner embroglio I have a new mind game to keep me amused in moments of idleness. You TOO can play it with me. How many words starting with ‘D’ can you come up with to describe this the latest School Board fiasco — with the exemplary Steve Miller, as ever, the exception.

The Town, the Selectmen, should give Steve Miller an award: The True Champion Of Alton Youth.

Well, looks like we the Alton taxpayers got shafted again. 

Alton Central School (ACS) Website CLAIMS That There Is A School Board Meeting, Monday, August 26, 2013. Is That True?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1. Hiring a once suspended facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
2. ACS Board Chair ‘promoting’ facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
3. Board members: To Disclose or Not … — Apr. 14, 2013.


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Given that we don’t miss many ACS School Board meetings, and I do pay some attention to what is being said, I do not think this is correct.

But, it was on the ACS Website all through this crucial weekend — as parents get ready for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 27.

It would be really, really good IF there is indeed a Board Meeting on Monday.

IF this is a mistake it will be quite embarrassing for the administration. Deanna has already fired off e-mails to the school and I have given a heads-up to a ‘friend’.

As the always redoubtable Board Member Steve Miller has stated, he wants a revote on the facilitator for the crucial ACS Strategic Plan.

I get a feeling that the ACS Superintendent, Bill Lander, for obvious reasons, is doing his best to either not have a revote or have it done in ‘private’ or even by phone. If he does we will still bring it up a the next school board.

These shenanigans involving Alton taxpayer money has to stop.

We are not being told anything about the 3rd party, independent bullying investigation that took place over the Summer. I am fairly certain that the Board paid for that investigation. At a minimum I want to know how much was paid. IF you were an Alton taxpayer wouldn’t you like to know.

One of the big problems is that this is a Board with secrets who love to do things in secret. That hardly anybody turns up to their ever so non-transparent meetings just emboldens a few of them. I wish more folks would attend, or at least watch the tapes.

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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Breaking News

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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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