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Alton Central School (ACS) Strategic Plan Suffers A Stumble Ahead Of The Start Gate.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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CommitteesWantAt the 4 hour 20 minute ACS School Board WORKSHOP on Thursday, August 8, 2013, all of the heavy lifting to do with plans for building renovation, vision for ACS etc. etc. were delegated to a 22 person Strategic Plans Committee.

With the Boards approval the Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander, got $3,000 to hire a Dr. Jean Richards to mediate this Committee with the first kick-off meeting, a full-day gala, scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2013.

Two School Board members, one of them, Steve Miller, was co-opted onto this Committee. The other 20 were going to be volunteers from the community. Deanna volunteered on the spot to get the ball rolling. I was asked but politely declined since I really detest Committees, get bored and then start mischief making. So they still had to find 19 volunteers in roughly 2 weeks.

Steve Parker, of marina fame, told me he was asked but he couldn’t make a full-day meeting as he is too busy during the Summer.

Mr. Lander was quite bullish that he would be able to field a full 22 person committee on the 23rd.

We heard at yesterday’s Board Meeting that Friday’s kickoff meeting has been cancelled because they couldn’t get enough participants. Surprise, surprise. Deanna was kind of pleased since we have to pick up Devanee from her 12-day camp and she would have had to miss that if the meeting was on. Teischan and I were going go pick her up. Now we can all go.

While getting material ready for this post I discovered something interesting about the hired mediator. I have e-mailed Mr. Lander and two School Board members for clarification. Once I hear from them I will share it with you all.

Alton Prospect Mountain School: School Board Committee Assignments Are Beyond Ironic Or Even Incongruous! Talk About Chutzpah.



 ..by Anura Guruge

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On April 14, 2013, I flagged that some of the Alton School Board members may have some germane, financial matters related issues, already in the public domain, that they might want to disclose so that we are all on the same chapter so to speak.

Suffice to say that no such disclosures have been forthcoming.

Then, I saw the School Board committee assignments for Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) in ‘The Baysider‘. That was beyond a joke.

Click to access the April 25, 2013 'The Baysider' with the relevant article as the front page cover story.

Click to access the April 25, 2013 ‘The Baysider’ with the relevant article as the front page cover story.

There are a number of words that come to my mind to describe some of these assignments. Shameless is high on the list.

Contrary to what some people think I have no real desire to muck rake or embarrass folks. That is why I urged that the relevant folks make their own disclosures — given that all the pertinent information is already in the public domain. So, I am not going to call out the specific, grossly inappropriate assignments. But lets just say that they had a committee for ‘nutrition and exercise for kids‘. Well it would be like assigning a school board member with a BMI of 35 to that committee. Enough said. At some point this stuff will have to come out. There might even be some legal requirements for disclosure. But, I will let others worry about that, for the time being.