Alton Central School (ACS) District Appears To Be Cavalier, If Not Lax, When It Comes To Contracts Paid For With Taxpayer Funds.

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 ..by Anura Guruge


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I was given this letter this evening at the ‘special’ (Selectman)/Board of Health/ACS School Board meeting held at the Town Hall.


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This is the second time I have heard that the SAU is having trouble providing a contract for what are financial transactions.

This to me, coming from the corporate world, seems strange. I guess compliance nor accountability is a big issue to an SAU. Hhhmmm.

6 thoughts on “Alton Central School (ACS) District Appears To Be Cavalier, If Not Lax, When It Comes To Contracts Paid For With Taxpayer Funds.

  1. Doug Kirkpatrick

    Failure to be able to provide this contract seems to me to be a patern!!! My Right-to-Know (RTK) was denied because “we dont have the information requested” under the RTK law. If they dont have it they cant provide it to you. This was upheld by the court in my case. It seems to me that the SAU has decided to use that as an excuse not to provide the pulic/people with any thing they dont want to. After all who are the “people”? I am so angry!!! I think we should withold ALL funding untill they become more forthcomming. Doug

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    1. aguruge Post author

      Doug,
      I heard these very sentiments from folks at the meeting last night. There seems to be a pattern. That the SAU is entering into financial transactions without a contract bothers me. Doug, don’t you have an e-mail from Lander Esq. that they paid $6xxx to UNH for the infamous survey sans a contract. Could you send me that e-mail. We need to document all of this, i.e., the monies being spent without contracts. There could be some ramifications here. Thanks Doug. All the best. Have a great day.

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  2. Doug Kirkpatrick

    There was no contract!!!!!! I asked for it and Landers sheepishly said “there was no contract“.
    Present for that wonderful performance were Peter, Steve Miller and I. Plus Landers. We were Dumbfounded! By the way “policy” states anything over 5K goes out to bid!
    Still steaming. Doug

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    1. aguruge Post author

      Doug,
      Is there a policy requiring a contract for all services or good over say $5K? What I am trying to get at is were they or were they not in compliance of all rules and procedures? Do you know?
      What I am beginning to see is some very cavalier behavior. I want to get all the facts right.
      I am big into fiscal discipline. Thanks for your help. All the best. Good evening. Cheers, Anura

      Reply

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