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Is Alton Central (ACS) [N.H.] School Board Still Squabbling About ‘Common Core’ A Year After Their Landmark Vote?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>Aug. 26, 2014.
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>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.
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>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote …
>>Sep. 16, 2013.

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Snippet from the frontpage of the Thursday, September 11, 2014, “The Baysider” talking about “much debate”. Use link below to access entire article at “The Baysider”. Click if you just want this ENLARGED.

Click to access the original article, in its full glory, at “The Baysider”,
frontpage, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 issue.

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“Smarter Balanced” assessment (or testing) is aligned to Common Core. It is basically one of the testing components of Common Core. Click image to access the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium” to learn more.


Don’t let the “Smarter Balanced” terminology confuse you. This is still about Common Core.

As I noted in this post, two weeks ago, the vote by the Alton Central School (ACS) School Board not to ‘support’ the use of ‘Common Core’ was taken at the September 16, 2013 meeting. So it would have been a year next week.

You would think that they have had plenty of time to come up with a strategy if not a plan.

Wasn’t this covered in the Strategic Plan? I don’t know. I haven’t looked recently.

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From same article as above. Use that link to access original.

There are some statements in this article that are beyond the pale. It says that one of the Board Members was ‘NOT CONVINCED’ by the discussion and ‘the discussion’ appears to have hinged on ACS Superintendent, William (‘Bill’) Lander claiming that the State mandates that the test must be conducted. How many shades of gray can you have in that? Shouldn’t the Board have got better clarification of this BY NOW? They have had a year. Does the Board trust the Superintendent on these matters or do they not? Why are they openly questioning his claims? Shouldn’t he have, and I know he is super busy, put together a paper on this that the Board could have studied? He has had 11 months. As far as I know you can produce a baby in 9, so couldn’t these folks have got something sorted out in 11?

Further on it talks about the Chair ‘accusing’ a member of using a ‘crib sheet’ and that the two “went back and forth about this”! What is this. 4th Grade? Amazing.


Alton Central (ACS), N.H. Middle School Soccer Team To Be Known As The “Flying Cleats”.

flyingcleatscartAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.

>> Board gets congratulated for meaningless
>> vote — Sep. 19, 2013.

>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.

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Appears that this year’s Alton Central Middle School soccer team is irrepressibly ebullient to the extent of putting the ‘Energizer Bunny‘ to shame. Good for them. Bravo. What a joy.

These kids are so full of pep that even after a game, on the way back on the bus, they are practicing their skills and exercising. They seem to have developed an exercise regime, ideally suited for the inside of school buses, called “dodge the cleats”. That is pretty descriptive. I have to applaud the coaches for encouraging such initiative.

Such a shame that a boot should fly out of the bus window and smash the windscreen of the car behind. Kids will be kids. And they called the police! What next?

They were just playing “dodge the cleats”.

Of course this was just a sporting accident. So I hope it is left at that.

Right?


Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: NO LATE Buses Till Mid-September 2014!

conserving-resources-for-a-better-planetAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>Aug. 26, 2014.
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
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88246127001_2069184013001_961896998-193-1357162962288School has started and there are after school programs — in particular the sports programs.

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.

Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Year After Infamous ‘Common Core’ Vote By Board School Continues With ‘Core’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at
>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
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>>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 usor 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.


Alton Central School (ACS), To Their Credit, And Amazingly, Taking Part In ‘Code Day’ To Expose Kids To The JOYS Of Programming.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Yes, they had sent flyers home.

But, I only really heard about it last Tuesday at the ACS ‘junior school’ concert when the Principal spoke about it twice (one in each ‘half’). Since I had NOT read the flyer and I could only go by what the Principal was saying I had NO IDEA what this was all about. The Principal spoke MAINLY about all the FREE food that will be available and the local restaurants that are kindly donating that food. I am glad. But, I wished she had STRESSED, did a little jig, and explained that this was an initiative to expose kids to the unmitigated JOYS of programming. Yes, I appreciate, that the Principal, the Superintendent, William (Bill) Lander and the School Board are extremely ‘oral‘ — but a little bit of elucidation about the ‘code‘ aspect of the evening as opposed to the ‘gastronomic‘ would have been cool.

That ACS is taking part in ‘Code Day‘ is cool.

Not sure whether the kids will get a full, uninterrupted HOUR to write some code that evening — but this is a good start. I just hope the kids aren’t distracted by the food. Hopefully, and this is a BIG hope, some of the teachers will try and continue this program sans the free food. But, to be fair, Devanee was taught MIT’s SCRATCH ‘animated programming’ a couple of years ago at ACS. So, that was good.

See below, after the images as to why I am so gung ho about kids getting exposed to the JOYS of programming.


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Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access Website.

Link to access Website.


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I got a chance, in 1969, yes 1969, to take weekly 90 minute Computer Programming classes in school, viz. Mill Hill School in North London (also attended by Denis Thatcher and where James Murray, the primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary once taught).

It was every Thursday and the classes were sponsored by the British International Computers Limited (ICL). They provided each of us with a BIG light green binder about computers and programming. I had yet to see a computer! But, computer programming and I clicked. Duck to the water. Natural affinity.

In those days there were no PCs. We didn’t have any terminals at the school. We wrote our programs on coding sheets; a practice that I continued to use, off and on, even when I worked for IBM, 8 years later — though by the time I was at IBM, and writing microcode, for the 3270 display system, I was classed as a programmer who wrote his code in ink (which I often did do) as opposed to pencil (because I was sure of what I was coding).

Our coding sheets were sent by mail (which is always overnight in the U.K.) to ICL. They punched it onto paper tape and ran it. The next Thursday we would get back our original coding sheets, the paper tape and the computer output. If you made a mistake you program would not have done what you wanted. But, it took a week to find out.

The rest is history. I went to Swansea College, University of Wales, to ‘study’ a 3-year B. Sc. course in Computer Technology. I, for the first time in my life, had unlimited access to computer resources. I programmed like I was possessed (in between near non-stop fornication). I had a great 3 years at Swansea. By my 2nd year at Swansea Ph. D. students were coming to me for help with their programs! One of my lecturers told IBM about me. IBM hired me during my 2nd year, after getting me to sit three IQ tests (as is permissible in the U.K., one of them at 10 pm at night) and told me that I can start work whenever I wanted — with or without a degree. Since I was having so much fun and really didn’t want to work — I hung around Swansea for another year and did get my 1st degree. Yes, I also do have a M. Sc. in Computer Science from the University of London — paid for by IBM.

Programming has been good for me, though in reality I didn’t write that much code professionally! I was considered ‘too good’ to just write code! A sign of the time. IBM and others wanted me to do more ‘executive’ tasks or do much more technical tasks such as Systems Programming or crafting microcode. I was IBM youngest ‘Planner’ — essentially a Product Manager. But, I wrote code in my ‘spare’ time — a program that I wrote as such in my spare time, which I called ‘NDSIO’, ‘New Display System Input/Output‘, where the ‘NDS’ was the now legendary 3270 display system, became a primary testing tool within IBM in the U.K., U.S. and Germany.

So, I am all in favor of kids being taught to program early.

Alton Central School (ACS) Paid Architect $32,585.08 Between July and October 2013 BECAUSE …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I did not request the ‘right to know’ letter shown below containing this incendiary information.

The letter, with the ‘contact information’ blacked out (for obvious reasons), was delivered to our doorstep Saturday morning [along with two, HUGE, frozen venison burgers].

The SAU and ‘those that care’ in Alton know who requested this information. We, for two, thank that person for the continued vigilance.

WOW!

$32,585.08
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July 1, 2013 and October 28, 2013.

 So that is not even for YTD 2013. So for all we know he could have got paid a similar amount or more for ‘his immaculate, holy presence‘ between January 1, 2013 and July 1, 2013.

That our richly compensated and as such ‘nose in the air’ Superintendent claims that he is ‘unaware’ is quite RICH! If we are paying the architect $273.82 a DAY, shouldn’t the Superintendent, William (‘Bill’) P. Lander, have some idea as to when he visits the school? But, there is a pattern here, with this Superintendent — post 1 & post 2. As you can see from those posts, “I don’t know” or “I can’t do that” are phrases he utters often — which is very incongruous given his bearing — at least towards me and my wife.

Kind of sad. ACS can’t afford a full-time Resource Officer but we can pay $32,585.08 to an architect — BECAUSE from what it says in this letter he gets 8% of ALL Board Approved construction work performed at the school!

Think about that. So all that renovation that was done during the Summer. He got 8% of that though it really didn’t require any architectural input.

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.


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Alton’s Funniest Videos (AlFV): Central School Superintendent William (Bill) Lander — “I Don’t Know”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Click for YouTube video. This funny exchange happens at the 1 hour 25 minute mark. See highlighted timebar.

Click for YouTube video. This funny exchange happens at the 1 hour 25 minute mark. See highlighted timebar.


This had to do with the availability of a document that should have been available for the public to see.

I got up, earlier in the meeting, and raised a ‘Point of Order‘ on it.

I was told by Superintendent Lander that a printed copy of the document was made available with the other papers, e.g., agenda and minutes.

The document was not there.

So having patiently waited till I was again permitted to speak, at the 2nd ‘public input’ slot, I question Lander as to where the document is or was.

Well you can, IF you have bionic hearing, since ACS appears to have doctored the sound, hear Lander say something along the lines of “I don’t know”!

That is great.

You can see that I was not amused. This, the ‘Breaking Glass‘ meeting, was FAR from funny. Probably one of the saddest and most disturbing public meetings I have ever attended. This day should go down in infamy as a very sad day for Alton.



Deanna has already contacted SAU about the UNACCEPTABLE sound on this video
— a VERY important one that every resident in Alton should watch.

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Alton Central (ACS) Superintendent William ‘Bill’ Lander Cocks-A-Snook At School Board Over Common Core!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Superintendent cock-a-snook.

Superintendent cock-a-snook.

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From October 2, 2013's 'Laconia Sun'. They don't have this in their 'Past Issues' as yet. Click to ENLARGE. Go to their Website, find Oct. 2, 2013, issue -- and this is the cover story, page 1.

From October 2, 2013’s ‘Laconia Sun’. They don’t have this in their ‘Past Issues’ as yet. Click to ENLARGE. Go to their Website, find Oct. 2, 2013, issue — and this is the cover story, page 1.


Alton Center Superintendent William ‘Bill’ Lander is NOT telling us anything we didn’t already know. I had told you that this was a meaningless vote as soon as it was taken (though I readily confess that I am the one that set them up for taking the vote).

However, I do NOT think that Lander should have made the statement he did WITHOUT first having told that to the Board.

Two of us at the last Board meeting requested that Lander informs all of us as to the implications and ramifications of the vote.

There has been NO PUBLIC board meeting since the vote.

So Lander did not make this ‘of no consequence‘ statement to the Board. Instead he scurries off and tells it to a journalist.

That he has NO RESPECT for this Board has been abundantly clear for months — and I have written about it. To be fair, Lander has them by their short and curlies. The Board reports to him, not the other way around. He has nothing to lose and everything and MORE to gain. He got the board, in March 2013, to give him an iron-clad, platinum parachute THREE YEAR (3) contract. So now he can disrespect the Board as much as he wants and I don’t blame him. This Board has done nothing to earn his respect. They have too many secrets between them and Lander knows all the secrets.

That said, I am UPSET that he so blatantly disrespects the
Board Chair, Sandy Wyatt.

This is the second time in 2 months that he really has put the kindly, gentle lady in an awkward situation. I am getting a terrible feeling that he enjoys putting Mrs. Wyatt on the spot. Wonder if he would treat a male Chair the way he treats ‘poor’ Mrs. Wyatt?

Lander got Mrs. Wyatt to read a glowing account of his friend that he was hiring to be the $3,000 facilitator without telling Mrs. Wyatt all the facts. Mrs. Wyatt ended up with egg on face though they ended up trying to sort it out in non-public session.

Now this.

Lander should have first run this past the Board at the next meeting.

That he didn’t was disrespectful to the Chair, Mrs. Wyatt.

Mrs. Wyatt deserves better. I don’t really know her. I have only seen her at Board meetings. BUT, she over the last few months has earned our unstinted respect (and at least when it comes to me, that isn’t easy). She really is trying to do what is good for Alton. She is fair, somewhat patient and follows the rules.

But there is NOTHING, NADA, that the Board can do. They are his pawns.

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