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Does The ‘House Committee On Oversight’ Have Any Plans To Question White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

by Anura Guruge




I keep on hearing that she works for us the Taxpayers rather than directly for Trump. She is said to be a Federal Government employee.

If so then why isn’t she answerable to the taxpayers — via our elected and paid representatives, the Members of Congress.

Her performance, or lack thereof, is troubling. She is not doing her job. She has stopped having press briefings and we have all heard how she has, since she started, taken great liberties with the truth.

So, why hasn’t the House called her in for a chat under oath?

Why is she being allowed to get away with her cavalier — and borderline obnoxious — behavior.

Yes, I am old enough to be her father. I would be so ashamed if she was my daughter! But, I think I lucked out. None of my daughters would stoop that low. While I can’t take any credit for it, they all have innate class. Huckabee Sanders, alas, never seems to have been exposed to that. I pity her father.


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by Anura Guruge


Bullying At Alton Central School (ACS), N. H. Raises Its Vicious, Ugly Head Again. It Is Endemic To This School.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Yet again it has hit close to home.

I will not divulge too much right now …

Yet again this is not restricted to peer-to-peer bullying between kids.

But meticulous records are being kept and there is much happening yet again.

After months of apathy, as I had already mentioned, there has been a sudden spurt of interest
at the ACS School Board and bullying.

Here are the latest stats.

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I think there is a culture of bullying at ACS.

Pope Francis And His “Prayer of ‘WHY'” For The Philippines Typhoon Could Be A First.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I found this beyond intriguing.

Catholics have always told me that you can’t in any way or form ‘tie’ God to any disasters — natural or man-made.

They would say stuff like ‘God doesn’t micro-manage‘ and the inevitable ‘Free Will‘ — though how Free Will has anything to do with a natural disaster defeats me.

I applaud this pope for this.

Right On.

WHY?

WHY?

Let me know.

This pope really is a revelation.

Now lets not forget the one of the pope’s official titles is that he is Christ’s Vicar On Earth.

‘Vicar’ means representative.

So if anybody can get an answer to this WHY it has to be the pope.

This is so great.

WHY haven’t we had a pope like this before?

Alleged Composition Of The Alton Central School (ACS) Strategic Planning Committee — Which Is Costing Alton Taxpayers $$$s.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This is from Deanna — who is not happy that she appears to be the ONLY unaffiliated, i.e., NOT on the ACS payroll, parent on this Committee.

She attended BOTH, 8 am to 3 pm meetings, Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 2013 — and is sure that she was the only unaffiliated parent.

Before she attended the meetings she requested a list of the attendees from the SAU. She got a ‘roster’ with 25 names — one already marked as ‘unable to attend’.

Last week she e-mailed the SAU and asked for the list of those that actually attended the two meetings. She HAS an e-mail that claims, rightly or wrongly, that ‘no attendance’ was recorded; i.e., there was no sign-up list! She is seeking confirmation of this statement.

This Strategic Planning effort is costing Alton Taxpayers real money. The external ‘consultant’ alone is costing at least $3,000 (if not more if other expenses are being paid).

They HIRED a bunch of substitutes to cover ALL the teachers that were attending the meetings! Devanee, not the most reliable of sources for ACS news, claimed that she heard that there were 19 substitutes at ACS on Oct. 31 — which would be appropriate given that it was Halloween. Scary stuff.

So, this is the breakdown per the pre-meeting ‘Roster’. Only one board member attended. According to Deanna the Administration staff were in-and-out.

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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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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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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.

Alton Central School (ACS), N. H.: Bullying Does Not Seem To Be Isolated. Another Mother Writes …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> ACS bullying ‘issue’, independent investigation …
>>June 22, 2013.

>> NO student driven assemblies in 2012 – 2013 — June 11, 2013.
>> Much has happened behind the scenes — May 31, 2013.
>> ACS Board dragging heels re. bullying issue … — May 21, 2013.
>> ACS 8th Grader Claims That Bullying Is Alive And Well At ACS
>> — Apr. 5, 2013.


Deanna got this via Facebook yesterday
when she reposted my ACS bullying update post.

I have, of course, removed all names from this correspondence.


I wish the school would do something about the bullying! It’s terrible! Not only was xxxxx bullied by a boy with him threatening to smear PB in her face even though he knew she was allergic to it, he then decided on retribution when he was talked to, which entailed him going around the school telling kids terrible things about xxxxx. I called the AP and left a message … which after three days he never returned! Now, here it is … school is out and he got away with it! UGH! Frustrating to say the least!

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PB = peanut butter
AP = Assistant Principal, Mikel LaChapell


I just find this amazing at multiple level.

There seems to be an arrogant air of indifference when it comes to bullying. I don’t know the AP. I miss Steve Ross. Though we once had major ‘differences’ you could always rely on Steve.

I wish the parents were more vocal on this issue. This has got to stop. This bullying is really harming our kids.

Well more grist to the mill.

Alton Central School (ACS), N. H. Bullying ‘Issue’ — Independent, 3rd Party Investigative Hearing On Last Day Of School.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> NO student driven assemblies in 2012 – 2013 — June 11, 2013.
>> Much has happened behind the scenes — May 31, 2013.
>> ACS Board dragging heels re. bullying issue … — May 21, 2013.
>> ACS 8th Grader Claims That Bullying Is Alive And Well At ACS
>> — Apr. 5, 2013.


As I said in my last post things have taken a very ironic, BUT equally very serious, twist.

The bullying issue has now transcended kids and peer-to-peer bullying. This was the same issue that we had 2 years ago. Hence why I am so involved in this. We have skin in this issue.

I am not going to divulge much — if any.

I do believe that all are innocent until credibly found guilty.

I will convey this much BECAUSE Alton parents and taxpayer should know.

The Alton School Board, at the behest of the Superintendent, authorized HIRING an independent, 3rd party investigator, from Concord (though not somebody that works for the State), to conduct a ‘full’ investigation.

The process is underway. The 8th grader who brought up this whole issue, along with her parents, met with the investigator this last week — the last week of school.

The investigator will be meeting with others.

However, the findings of the investigator are confidential and will only be seen by the Superintendent and the School Board.

So this is all internal, confidential and ‘closed group’. Possibility that there might have been a further twist during the interview. Somebody else might have been implicated.

Now from what I hear many of the 2012 – 2013 ACS 8th graders KNOW about this investigation, who is being investigated and why! So do their parents.

But, of course, most of the rest of Alton is in the dark — and I do agree with this.

My concern is what happens when the investigation, paid for by taxpayers, is concluded.

Should folks of Alton be told — at a MINIMUM that such an investigation took place, this is what it cost and this is what it found.

I think that that would be fair.

If the person, or now persons, implicated are exonerated, that is worth knowing. And those folks should not have an issue. They were found not to have done any wrong. That would be good to know. A kind of ‘vote of confidence’.

If some fault was found then we should also know! I am just throwing this out here so you can make up your minds.

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