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Alton Central School (ACS), N. H., Carbon Monoxide ‘Alarm’ Gets Curiouser And Curiouser … School Back To ‘Normal’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Blocked air vents?
>>Dec. 18, 2013.

>> Dec. 19, 2013 ACS
>> closure — Dec. 18, 2013.

>> ACS Air Quality presentation
>>June 24, 2013.

>> Air quality not an issue …
>>June 24, 2013.

>> ACS air quality —
>> April 3, 2013.

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This just appeared in my in-box.
Supposedly posted on the ACS Facebook page.

I recognize the stilted style.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.


Well this is ACS.

Seems to be a slightly different tone to what was being implied yesterday.

Testing INDIVIDUAL people! Tell me more. Did they draw blood and do a blood test?

So who were these INDIVIDUALS?

Not my kids … for sure.

NO Carbon Monoxide detected in the building.

Very strange.

Gets curiouser and curiouser.

I am happy that the teachers got a day off to catch up on their Christmas shopping. They deserve it.

P.S. School, alas, is back to normal Friday.
I wanted the kids to have 2 extra days of Christmas vacation. Damn

Alton Central School (ACS), N. H., Carbon Monoxide ‘Alarm’ On December 18, 2013. Just Snow Blocking Furnace Vents?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Dec. 19, 2013 ACS closure — Dec. 18, 2013.
>> ACS Air Quality presentation — June 24, 2013.

>> Air quality not an issue … — June 24, 2013.
>> ACS air quality — April 3, 2013.

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And latest.
And funny that it mentions the vents.


I just talked to an expert.

So, lets think about this.

The most likely, even only possible, source for the supposed Carbon Monoxide has to be the school heating furnaces. I gather there are two.

Of course they would have been working overtime these last couple of days.

We have also had a TON of snow.

Did anybody check if the furnace vents have been blocked by the snow? That alone would indicate a sudden elevation in CO levels.

Did an alarm go off today? What prompted the fire department to come to the school to check.

Why weren’t the kids released EARLIER if elevated levels of CO were detected?

I know that some mothers are asking that.

Good question. Why wait to tell the parents of the CO levels after the kids are released. When were the levels detected?

Without mixing metaphors the school is playing with FIRE. I hope they know what they are doing.

The timing just seems incongruous. Is it just a matter of shoveling the snow around the vents?

I am sure others will be asking questions. I sure hope so.


ALERT: Alton Central School (ACS), N. H. Closed On Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, Due To Dangerous Levels Of Carbon Monoxide.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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>> ACS Air Quality presentation — June 24, 2013.

>> Air quality not an issue … — June 24, 2013.
>> ACS air quality — April 3, 2013.

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Also refer to this follow on post.
Could just be a vent blocked by snow!

And latest!


The phones have been going crazy.

ACS will be closed Thursday, December 19, 2013
because they suddenly discovered ‘dangerous’ levels of Carbon Monoxide.

The school, I just heard from the kids, was checked, today,
by the Fire Department.

So what does THIS mean?

Early Christmas — and I am ALL in favor of that.

It has been crazy and it would be nice to have the kids home for an additional few days.

CO-decal

I just checked the May Air Quality report. There were some spikes but everything was OK.

I am a professional cynic. The timing of this bothers me.

So are we again in for a January to March battle over ACS renovation — this time with CO to the fore?


Alton Central School (ACS), N. H.: Air Quality Survey Presentation Is Now Online. Definitely Worth Perusing.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> ACS air quality — April 3, 2013.

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I wanted folks to have access to THIS presentation ASAP.

That is why I have been agitating so and Deanna firing off e-mails to the SAU (on my behalf).

N.B. There are NO dangerous levels of asbestos or any other toxic matter.

Tomorrow I will go cross check this against the presentation given at the March Deliberative Session.

That should be fun. Was somebody taking poetic license with the facts?


Click to access ENTIRE presentation, as a PDF, online … at the ACS (new) Website.


Click to access ENTIRE presentation, as a PDF, online … at the ACS (new) Website.


Click to access ENTIRE presentation, as a PDF, online … at the ACS (new) Website.


Click to access ENTIRE presentation, as a PDF, online … at the ACS (new) Website.


Click to access ENTIRE presentation, as a PDF, online … at the ACS (new) Website.


Alton Central School (ACS), N. H.: No Real Issues With Air Quality, Some Maintenance Needed — Credibility Of Administration Again Questioned.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access 3:11 hour YouTube video of whole June 20, 2013 ACS School Board meeting.

Click to access 3:11 hour YouTube video of whole June 20, 2013 ACS School Board meeting.


At the June 20, 2013 ACS School Board meeting we got to hear the detailed, blow-by-blow results of the in-depth, $5,600 (?) air quality inspection that was done on the school.

Bottom line was that there isn’t anything too unduly wrong. Some minor concerns with some ‘above “spec” carbon dioxide (not monoxide) and radon readings but nothing that could be construed as even marginally dangerous or untoward. Good news.

The inspection found that some maintenance issues left much to be desired — such as missing gutter downspouts and poorly maintained vents. The PowerPoint presentation had some great pictures.

As you can see on this video, I did get up and explicitly ask, and you can check the wording, that the ‘PowerPoint Presentation‘ be put online by the next day, i.e., Friday, June 21, 2013.

You will also see that I asked for a COMMITMENT on getting this done from the Superintendent, Mr. Lander, and that he gave me that commitment. Check the tape.

Well as far as I can see they put up this video but not the PowerPoint presentation. Concerned Alton residents need to see the Presentation. You can’t really see it on the video.

Mr. Lander!

>> The Presentation, as a PDF, is now available online. <<

It also appears that the school already had a 3-year asbestos containment program — though this was never really disclosed prior to the ever so contentious $18 million school renovation bond.

Barbara Howard, who can always be relied upon to keep the School Board and Administration ‘honest’, got up and took them all to task on this. You can see it all, on the video, at around the 1:23:24 mark. She again questioned the credibility of the Board and Administration. This has now become a perennial issue. ‘Credibility’ is my guiding creed. Well … watch the tape.

That they reneged on their commitment, which can clearly be seen and heard on the tape, just compounds their credibility woes.


The 1:23 mark on the YouTube video when Mrs. Howard questions the credibility of the ACS School Board and Administration.

The 1:23 mark on the YouTube video when Mrs. Howard questions the credibility of the ACS School Board and Administration.

Alton Town, By Letter, Requests Central School (ACS) To Adopt A Plan To Remedy Odours From The 1st Grade Class Room Sinks.

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This letter, dated April 1, 2013 (though I really hope it was NOT an April Fool’s joke by the town), was read, without too much elaboration, at last night’s School Board meeting. Since I didn’t get to see the letter and I was not taking any notes I might have got some of the nuances wrong, but the gist of it, as I could see it, was that the Town, at last, was asking the school to look into the issues of the malodorous sinks in the classroom.

As with the ‘seating configuration‘, I know very well that this had nothing to do with me (and after 21 years of writing public opinion pieces I know the adage: ‘like a rooster claiming that it is his daily crowing that makes the Sun rise‘ only too well).

But, seems strange that just last Friday, March 29, 2013, I happened to speak to a Town official on exactly this matter and even spelled out how they used a piece of wood over the sink. Now, as is my wont, I might have, inadvertently, used my ‘code words’.

Bottom line is that I am delighted. Teischan who was also at the meeting was even more delighted.

Amazing how these things happen. We just started trying to get to the bottom of this ACS air quality issue — as I posted yesterday (where I did mention that I had been talking to people in Concord and the Town Hall).

Suddenly we have all these documents in front of me — and I THANK all those that scrambled to get them to us within ‘hours’.

I have Air Quality reports from 2010 and 2012 PLUS a NH Department of LaborSafety Inspection Report‘ for the SAU and ACS that was conducted this year, February 26, 2013.

Plus there is the second School Board meeting this coming Monday, April 8, 2013 where I gather some of these concerns will get aired.

Alton Central School (ACS): What Is The Story About Air Quality?

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Click to access full post/article at ACS Website.

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In February and March, with the divisive ‘$18 M’ school renovation bond as the lightning rod, I was perturbed to hear and read various accounts about the ‘poor’ air quality issues at Alton Central School (ACS) — especially as I have an asthmatic (on inhaler) 1st Grader attending ACS.

But, I had to get the election of the new pope out of the way before I could devote any reasonable bandwidth to this air quality issue.

Now that I have a tad more bandwidth (though I am heads down working on another book), I gave this air quality issue some thought and even contacted some ‘important people’ — Deanna in the meantime writing to the Superintendent to find out what testing had been done, when, by whom and the outcome of the results.

I look at air quality through the prism of my corporate background. While, of course, there are numerous shades of gray, in the end, at least in my mind, air quality of a building ends up being a binary issue — no different to that easy to follow adage about pregnancy. You are either pregnant or you are not. To me air quality boils down to that.

So what is the real story at ACS?

And the funny thing is that when it comes to ACS and air quality, we can, ironically, even forget the kids! We can just focus on the teachers, administrators and support staff. ACS, in addition to being a school, is also a workplace governed by all the policies and laws that apply to any other workplace with (say) 20 employees or more.

So does ACS air quality meet OSHA requirements for a workplace? I don’t know, but I assume that somebody in Alton knows.

Yes, Deanna is trying to get to the bottom of this and she will be paying (another) visit to the SAU office soon — to pick up a copy of the latest air quality testing.

Yes, I have spoken to some people in Concord, the Alton Town Hall as well as somebody who knows the laws. IF the air quality is unacceptable, the way I see it, screw the bond or lack thereof. If the air quality at ACS is indeed below par, the school needs to be shut down! Simple as that. Am I getting something wrong here? You can’t have staff and kids KNOWINGLY exposed to unacceptable air quality levels. Can you? You never know.

So, where do we stand on the air quality?

We are trying to find out.