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

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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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
between just
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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Letter In Laconia ‘Sun’ Re. ‘Lack Of Respect’ At Alton (N.H.) Selectmen Meetings. Please Come To The School Board Meetings!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This appeared in the Wednesday, November 13, 2013 edition of
The Laconia Daily Sun‘.

Click to visit Website. Then find Nov. 13, 2013 issue ... I can't link to current issue, only past issues.

Click to visit Website. Then find Nov. 13, 2013 issue … I can’t link to current issue, only past issues.



I haven’t attended a selectmen’s meeting in a long time, so I am not in a position to comment.

But to see callousness and cussedness finessed you should attend the Alton Central School Board meeting — even when there is no breaking glass!

In terms of sheer entertainment value it was better than going to the circus and much cheaper. That is why we used to go, but not anymore. They succeeded in basically gagging the public. That is another story for another day, closer to the next Board meeting.

I am, however, confused by the statement about recording the meetings! Aren’t they already video taped! Not sure if Mr. Whittmann is talking about LIVE audio streaming maybe on FM. If he is talking about live streaming over the Internet that should already be possible. The School Board even talked about that. 

Deanna Guruge: My Letter In ‘The Sun’ About Parent Participation In The Alton Central School (ACS) Strategic Planning Committee.

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Deanna Guruge


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MY LETTER.

Just because I am married to a man of letters does NOT mean that I can’t write my own letters and have my own opinions.

Check my Facebook where I have my own say
— and had words yesterday to say about folks that think that I am NOT capable of having my own opinions!
Yesterday’s post, as it said right at the top, was done at MY behest.

That might be the case with others, but NOT in our marriage.
My husband lets me have my own say and own opinions.


Click to ENLARGE. On Page 7 of Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 'The Daily Sun'.

Click to ENLARGE. On Page 7 of Tuesday, November 12, 2013, ‘The Daily Sun’.


Strange, Slightly Unsettling Letter About Alton Parks & Rec. In Today’s ‘Laconia Sun’.

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The Unique All Black Old Railway Semaphore … — Nov. 22, 2012.


In Friday, April 12, 2013 'The Laconia Daily Sun' letter section. Click to access.

In Friday, April 12, 2013 ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ letter section. Click to access.


I think I get the gist of this. Not really sure who these ‘department directors’ that he is talking about. I didn’t think they were that big to have multiple directors. That they were giving out $3,000 bonuses caught me by surprise. I did not realize Alton gave out bonuses such as this. I guess I live and learn.

Alton, NH, $18.6 Million School ‘Renovation’ Bond Fails To Pass. Just 48.4% ‘Yes’. So What Is The ‘Plan B’ Now?

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Anura Guruge


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>> They MUST Have The Votes In The Bag! — Feb. 3, 2013.


The vote for the $18.6 M bond failed to get even 50% of the vote.

No = 731, Yes = 685.

Total votes cast = 1,416.

Yes % = 48.38%.

So not even 50%.

So what now, mad cow? What is ‘Plan B’. Prior to the deliberative session I advocated the need for a ‘Plan B’. But, people thought they knew better. Well … what now, mad cow?

Everybody agrees, vehemently, that something has to be done to fix the issues at the school. I have yet to meet anybody who disagrees with the need for some renovation. The issue has been the price tag.

That is why I was an open supporter of Steve Miller’s $7 Million bond proposal.

Those that zeroed it down. What now, mad cow?

I have already heard that the new ‘Plan B’ is to try again for the $18 M bond next year. Tell me that that is a joke.

Already we are close to the definition for insanity. Repeatedly doing the same thing HOPING for a different outcome.

Well we know who put the school and kids in this sorry situation. Those that just could not see in them a way to compromise. I hope some have the decency to resign from the various boards and let some new folks come up with some new proposals that can get the votes. Our kids deserve better.

Steve Miller said it so well. They were going on
ONE ROLL OF THE DICE

The dice as it did last year did not come up the way they wanted.

Time for a realistic proposal that can get the votes.

For Alton Selectmen:
Lawerence Tilly  468
Robert Loring Carr   600
Robert W. Daniels   690
Stephen P. Miller   480

School Board:
Krista A. Argiropolis  672
Carlos Martinez  660
Christine Michaud-Tilly  643
(Write-in) Mary Doherty Murphy   97

Alton, NH, $18.6 Million School ‘Renovation’ Bond In March: They MUST Have The Votes In The Bag!

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Baysider … — Feb. 1, 2013.
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

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To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>> Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


I attended today’s deliberative session at Prospect Mountain High School kind of against my own better judgement because I know how these things drag out, pan out and I really am very short on time. But, I am glad I went. According to my friend, Bob Longabaugh, the keeper of Alton’s voting statistics, only 172 of the 4,022 registered voters (4.28%) attended this session.

Well, it appears that the backers of the full $18.6 Million bond have the requisite 60%(+) votes in the bag already and that today’s session was just a formality to let people have a say in public. Bravo.

I am NOT surprised. Last year I was told that they had the votes to pass the warrant, even with the faulty wording, and even force the necessary hearing by a judge. I heard this from multiple informed sources, without equivocation. So, I was kind of baffled when it didn’t pass. But, I worked it out. They held their fire [i.e., vote] realizing that the faulty wording required the uncertainty of a judge’s intervention.

So, this year, with the warrant in place, without encumbrances, they will pull the voters out of the hat to get it to pass.

OK. That is good. As school board member Steve Miller, who was as ever eloquent and impressive, noted, we will just have to pay the higher taxes. C’est la vie. Fait accompli.

That they have the votes already and the deal is done is good for the kids. They will now get the $17 Million school upgrade that they have been clamoring for so long. You have to congratulate them on their tenacity, persistence, doggedness and ultimately their SUCCESS. I tip my hat to them.

The reason I am now 120% sure that they already have the necessary votes pledged, in the bag and locked-up is that they made sure that there was NO OTHER choice. No ‘Plan B’, no contingency plan. If this, for some reason, doesn’t get the votes …

Steve Millers $7 Million proposal to zeroed down to $1 — something Steve expected from the start.

An alternate amendment to change the $18.8 M to $4.x Million also failed.

So, there is no contingency plan, of any sort.

That is never my way. I am Mr. Contingency. I don’t even sneeze without having a contingency plan! I am not joking. Yes, I can think fast. Before I sneeze I have a contingency plan to recover from what could go wrong. When I was in high tech, those that knew me well used to joke that I had contingency plans for my contingency plans. In the 600 or so seminars I have done around the world you would never have seen me struggle like they did earlier in the meeting with their PowerPoint presentation. Even when we used 35mm slides and projectors, not only would I have two projectors, but 3 bulbs in my trousers. That debacle with the PowerPoint alone should have been an object lesson, am omen, as to why you always need contingency plans. But, that is me. [Plus, I have never done a PowerPoint that didn’t have a single graphic! A renovation presentation with no pictures! Screen placement and zooming such that it could only be read by 40% of the audience. It was the 1970s when we typed presentations onto foils. Never mind the mike that didn’t work.]

Contingency plans give you flexibility.

I have rarely seen unanimity as I saw today at the session. Everybody was in violent agreement that SOMETHING had to be done to fix the manifold problems at ACS. All the discussion was about how much should be spent.

It reminded me of the joke of a man propositioning this lady of dubious character at a bar and the conversation going: ‘we have already established that you would do it; all we are doing now is trying to agree on a price’.

The price has been agreed $18.6 Million.

No other alternatives. No other options. No other choices.

So there can be NO POSSIBILITY of this failing. If so our poor kids are screwed, totally. That is not acceptable and nobody wanted that.

ONE ROLL OF THE DICE
— but luckily for us, the dice are already loaded,
right?

This is a sure thing? Right?

The Baysider might as well already write the story that the $18.6 Million bond passed with 65% of the vote. They might as well start work now.

Alton, NH, Upcoming Deliberative Sessions — They Should Start With This, Straight After The Pledge.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Baysider … — Feb. 1, 2013.
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

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To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>> Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


I could, as ever, be wrong, but it might NOT be a bad idea to play this little clip before each of the deliberative sessions, just to set the right pitch for the proceedings.


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Click to access ‘YouTube’ clip. Many more to chose from. I will even lend you Devanee’s DVD.


Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Jan. 31, 2013, Baysider, About The Alton Central $18 Million Plan (Again).

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

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To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
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Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


Click to access 'The Baysider' article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.

Click to access ‘The Baysider’ article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.


I do not know this gentleman, or at least I think I don’t know him. I am very bad with names and faces. So he could be a parent that I chatted with, but never knew his name.

As with Steve Miller’s letter two weeks ago, I liked this letter. I liked it a lot. It hit a chord.

A few of the points mentioned have been discussed on this blog, relative to my post endorsing Steve Miller’s letter.

I am not sure if all of the points are accurate. I had thought that the infamous survey was conducted using grant money. If it was not, I would be distressed. As far as I know, there are ‘x’ kids in ACS right now, who are technically homeless, that ‘x’, as far as I remember, in the ‘6’ range. Plus there are over a dozen kids who are considered at risk for not getting a proper meal during the weekend. ACS packs backpacks for them with food. Sod a survey. If we have that kind of money to burn the board should be using it to feed these poor kids or get them housing.

The issue of the ‘one architect’ that I griped about comes up. I have an e-mail, from an interested party, that implies that the architect was paid — albeit, not the $750,000. Having just one firm, with so much to gain, bothers me. Mr. Daniels, as did I, mentions LOCAL experts. He also talks about cost per square feet. Yes, in the past, when I lived in Meredith and Gilford I explored adding extensions. Had binders of builders giving me estimates. I remember them always talking about $1xx per square foot. I had also heard that when I was buying property (and I have bought and sold quite a few) and especially when I was having them appraised. So, that had crossed my mind. Asking some of OUR parent builders what they would estimate per Square Foot. Some of them have built mansions. They would know.

My background is all in corporate. In the corporate world some of the words that we had to always contend with were: due diligence, full disclosure, conflict of interest. Well, as the comments have loved to point out I am not an expert in this matter — and do not plan to be. I don’t keep a dog and bark myself. I totally trust people like Steve Miller and I know that he, also with a solid corporate background, knows his stuff.

Lisa DiMartino, NH State Rep. Belknap County, District 2: Proactive, Effective Problem Solver (A Letter)


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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This letter appeared in the October 10, 2012 issue of
The Laconia Daily Sun‘, page 8.

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Full Disclosure:
I have known Lisa and her family for over 12 years and considers her an exceptional person, salt-of-the-earth.