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Alton Central (ACS) School Board Voting, July 22, 2013, To Give Superintendent, William Lander, An ‘Off-Contract’, ad hoc ‘Bonus’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Alton Central School Board meeting

Click to access YouTube video of July 22, 2013 Alton Central School Board meeting.


I talked about this in my prior post.

This was the proposal to give the Superintendent, William Lander, a means to accrue sick pay (up to 30 days) though this was not in the 3 year contract that he, amazingly, managed to finagle through this dysfunctional board.

I want you to watch exactly what happens. It starts at the 1:32 mark (1 hour 32 minutes into the video).

The issue here, as Steve Miller, repeatedly points out is very basic and simple.

The Superintendent, William Lander, extracted an unprecedented 3 year contract from this Board. This sick pay benefit was NOT in that contract. Lander still has 2 years left of his contract.

So what Steve Miller is saying makes so much sense. Lander did not negotiate this as part of his contract. Now he is coming back, through the back door, with AN ADDITION to the contract.

Now as I have said before Lander owns this Board!

That even comes up. The Board won’t ask Lander to leave the room while they discuss his benefits!

This board is dysfunctional.

Also watch and notice that at least 2 members have GREAT DIFFICULTY trying to figure out how this addendum to the contract can be incorporated once the remainder of this existing contract has run out in 2 years.

This is the problem of having amateurs controlling multi million dollar public funds.

Two of the members, from what is in the public record, appear to have issues managing their own finances. But, they monkey around with public funds.

Watch how the voting proceeds. Watch WHO seconded Terri’s, immediate, without discussion, motion to APPROVE this bonus to Lander.

This board has to be held accountable at some point.

Steve Miller cannot fight all these battles on OUR behalf on his own.

Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Intriguing School Board Meeting, July 22, 2013. More People Really Should Attend.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> ‘Slipping through the cracks’ … — July 22, 2013.
>> Slip waiting to happen at ACS — July 17, 2013.
>> Administration again compromises credibility — July 9, 2013.
>> School bus fiasco … — July 8, 2013.
>> Credibility of ACS Administration questioned — June 24, 2013.

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The BIG headline is that they are back to talking about costing out an addition, and Steve Miller of all people got that ball rolling. So the ‘contingency’ plan to move the back modulars closer to the permanent buildings, which was backed by the administration was put on hold. There was a brief discussion about the costs for 4 to 6 room additions. But, one key point, as far as I was concerned, was never really discussed. I thought that if there was any addition, even if it was just one room, the entire school has to be brought up to code and that that was where all the real costs were. That did not get discussed. I was going to get p and ask about it. But, between Deanna and I we had asked upwards of 8 questions — more from Deanna, than from me, for a change. So, I decided to leave it for another day. So deja vu all over again.

Other than the two of us there were only 3 other parents present — and one of them is employed by the school. I wish more people would attend. A lot of ‘crazy’ stuff happens.

Let me give you some headlines.

1/ The Superintendent, who managed to wrangle a 3 year contract from this Board last year, tried to get another compensation hike by requesting (through his friend & associate the ‘business manager’) a recommendation that he be allowed to accrue up to 30 days of sick pay — which he could, when he leaves, cash in. Steve Miller, rightly, pointed out that this was not in the negotiated contract and that it should not now be added to it since it was a chance to the T&Cs. But, the Board Chairs, Sandy Wyatt and Terri, voted for it — though Sandy Wyatt did look a bit sheepish. Steve Miller voted against and after an agonizing wait, Carlos Martinez, joined with Steve. Krista was not present. So it was 2-2 and the motion, thankfully, was not passed. But, this proved my point. If Krista had been there the Superintendent would have got his wish. Scary.

2/ All of those that work for ACS are entitled to a $2,000 year ‘bonus’ if they opt not to get health coverage through the school (because, for example, they get coverage through their spouse). Steve Miller, again, questioned the NEED for this. The administration claims it is an incentive. They voted on Steve’s motion to drop the $2,000. Carlos did NOT vote with Steve. So Steve, as was always the case last year, lost. This time 1-3. To me there is an easy fix. Everybody should pay a token amount, say, $25 a month for their health insurance. That would do away with the need to pay a bonus.

3/ Steve Miller, again to his credit, question the principal, Sydney Legget about her claim that only 1 kid was affected by the school bus snafu. She now admitted that she heard of two other cases the next morning. Yea. I couldn’t get a clear view of the skyline from where I was seated to see if there were any pigs flying!

4/ Though I knew the answer, just to make sure it goes on the record, I got up and asked whether they could confirm that there was an independent, 3rd party investigation in progress about a serious bullying allegation at ACS. The Superintendent confirmed that there was indeed an investigation. I asked whether we would be given any details of it. NO. Remember, we are paying for this. But, it is closed-door. Trust me, nothing is going to happen. There is another meeting today, Tuesday, July 23. But, the Board will just brush it under the carpet. But, at least we now have it on record that an investigation did take place.

5/ Deanna and I both brought up bullying. You can watch it on TV.

‘Common Core’ Presentation By Alton Central Principal Sydney Leggett At June 10, 2013 School Board Meeting.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Flaw in ‘Common Core’ math books — June 15, 2013.
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Alton Central might not have 100% Board support for ‘Common Core’
>>June 11, 2013.

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NHPR on ‘Common Core’ — June 9, 2013.
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I request School Board do joint Common Core presentation
>>May 14, 2013.

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Facts about the biometric bracelet — May 12, 2013.
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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


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This was the ‘Common Core’ presentation that I had requested.

Definitely worth watching. Listen to what she has to say with an open mind.

Alton Central School (ACS), at least for 2013 – 2014, is committed to ‘Common Core‘.

Alton Central Administration Might Not Have 100% Support From Their School Board On Their Commitment For ‘Common Core Standards’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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NHPR on ‘Common Core’ — June 9, 2013.
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I request School Board do joint Common Core presentation
>>May 14, 2013.

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Facts about the biometric bracelet — May 12, 2013.
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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.



I find it funny (given my admittedly very twisted sense of humor) that most folks in Alton, including the parents, think that the building renovation is the ‘be all and end all‘ of the issues facing the welfare of the Alton kids. Somehow bullying or the ‘Common Core Standards‘ don’t seem to figure in the priorities.

Last night, at the School Board meeting, given that I had requested it at the previous meeting, the Principal did get up and do a brief but poignant presentation on ‘Common Core Standards’.

I was intrigued, but not surprised, when one female school board member (and Carlos Martinez was NOT at the meeting), openly talked about ACS OPTING OUT of CC. Wow.

So, I, when I was finally given permission to ask questions, got up and asked a few questions MAINLY to get as much of the opinions and statements on the official record for possible future use.

As I suspected a prior Board did approve the school’s current ‘program’ with CC. I knew that that had to have happened.

I also questioned whether this board was 100% behind CC and got the response I expected — that yes, some have reservations.

School Board member, Mr. Steve Miller, yet again to his credit, per my statement that I wanted this on the record, went onto say that he is supportive of CC and does not feel that ACS is in the ‘position’ to ‘go in alone’. Check the record.

Interesting stuff.

Yes, I would LOVE to have included Mrs. Leggett’s presentation, but it is not as yet available online (at least to me). Deanna e-mailed her requesting a copy. Yes, of course, I will post it or a link to it as soon as we hear something back.

Enjoy.

Again Lets Get The Facts Right About The ‘Common Core Curriculum’ Biometric Bracelet.

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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


Deanna took particular notice of all the concerns raised at Saturday’s meeting about the biometric bracelets that the kids were going to be forced to wear. As with the misinformation about school hours in Korea, I knew that this didn’t sound true. So, as I always do, I set to to check it out. This article spells it all out.

Click to access article in June 2012 edition of 'Forbes'.

Click to access article in June 2012 edition of ‘Forbes’.

‘Common Core Curriculum’ In NH Meeting By Alton State Rep. Jane Cormier Today At The Gilman Library.

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>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


Jane Cormier.

As I pointed out on Wednesday, I really don’t know enough about the ‘Common Core Curriculum’ to take a strong stance about it. So, I got Deanna to attend this meeting. I couldn’t make it because this is ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ weekend and in the main it has been my job to make sure Devanee gets to all the requisite performances and practices (because the ‘Chorale’ was my idea) — and this weekend, starting last night, she has a total of four, because they are doing two concerts, one tonight and the other tomorrow.

So, Deanna went. She came back with some G-2. It was Jane’s meeting but Doris Hohensee (another State Rep or somebody who ran to be a State rep) also helped out. There was about 20 people in attendance. As far as she can tell there was NOBODY from Alton Central School (ACS) or the Alton School Board. Yes, Jane’s husband, Carlos Martinez is the new School Board member. He wasn’t there. From what she could see there was ONLY ONE ‘concerned Alton taxpayer’ in attendance — but he is a GOOD ONE. Maybe the best. So, I am happy about that.

Over the last 2 weeks I have learned, to my cost, that nobody in Alton cares about the issues that I bring to light. So, I am not going to bother. Let apathy rain, like Spring showers. As some of you may have worked out I have a bigger and better things to do. Push comes to shove I will just pay the additional property tax. So …

It does appear that there was, as was to be expected, some misinformation being touted around, with gay abandon, about the education system in South Korea. Two people are supposed to have claimed that the kids attend school till 10:30 pm at night! Well, I challenge these people, or Jane, to provide me with credible evidence of this. I found this and it says school close at 4 or 4:30 pm. Well, I attended an ‘expensive’ private school in Britain, Mill Hill, the same school that Mrs. Thatcher’s husband attended (and was the birthplace of the peerless ‘Oxford Dictionary’) and we classes 6 days a week, some of it late into the night, because sports, 3 to 3 days a week was also mandatory. I happened to be at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH this last Saturday night at 9:30 pm. I saw ‘young’ kids coming out of classes at 9:30 pm. So I guess it must be OK if it is in Brewster. Given that I had all my education in Asia or Britain, I am not one to criticize those systems especially because I managed to do ‘OK’, with the education I received, in the U.K. and in the U.S.



I happened to meet Tim Croes at the Alton dump this afternoon. We had a good chat. He is contrite. That is good. We are cool. Tim is young enough to be my son, possibly even my grandson. He knows that he let me down on a personal sense, because I had befriended him. But, it was a good chat. I am glad we spoke. I won’t bust Tim’s chops anymore. As for ‘speedy Gonzales’, 90 MPH Spaulding … who shows no contrition … That is a different matter.