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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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>> 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.

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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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>> 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?


Bullying At Alton Central School (ACS), N. H. Raises Its Vicious, Ugly Head Again. It Is Endemic To This School.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Yet again it has hit close to home.

I will not divulge too much right now …

Yet again this is not restricted to peer-to-peer bullying between kids.

But meticulous records are being kept and there is much happening yet again.

After months of apathy, as I had already mentioned, there has been a sudden spurt of interest
at the ACS School Board and bullying.

Here are the latest stats.

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I think there is a culture of bullying at ACS.

Alton N. H.: Library, To Their Credit, Addressing Bullying While School Administration & Board Drag Their Heels.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> ACS … bullying does not appear to be isolated —
>>June 23, 2013.
>> ACS bullying ‘issue’, independent investigation …
>>June 22, 2013.

>> NO student driven assemblies in 2012 – 2013 — June 11, 2013.
>> Much has happened behind the scenes — May 31, 2013.
>> ACS Board dragging heels re. bullying issue … — May 21, 2013.
>> ACS 8th Grader Claims That Bullying Is Alive And Well At ACS
>> — Apr. 5, 2013.


We were at the Alton Library yesterday and were delighted to see this prominent display of books in the children’s room.
Bravo.
Good to see the Library taking a lead in this very important issue.

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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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 Central School (ACS), N. H.: Bullying Does Not Seem To Be Isolated. Another Mother Writes …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> ACS bullying ‘issue’, independent investigation …
>>June 22, 2013.

>> NO student driven assemblies in 2012 – 2013 — June 11, 2013.
>> Much has happened behind the scenes — May 31, 2013.
>> ACS Board dragging heels re. bullying issue … — May 21, 2013.
>> ACS 8th Grader Claims That Bullying Is Alive And Well At ACS
>> — Apr. 5, 2013.


Deanna got this via Facebook yesterday
when she reposted my ACS bullying update post.

I have, of course, removed all names from this correspondence.


I wish the school would do something about the bullying! It’s terrible! Not only was xxxxx bullied by a boy with him threatening to smear PB in her face even though he knew she was allergic to it, he then decided on retribution when he was talked to, which entailed him going around the school telling kids terrible things about xxxxx. I called the AP and left a message … which after three days he never returned! Now, here it is … school is out and he got away with it! UGH! Frustrating to say the least!

Key:
PB = peanut butter
AP = Assistant Principal, Mikel LaChapell


I just find this amazing at multiple level.

There seems to be an arrogant air of indifference when it comes to bullying. I don’t know the AP. I miss Steve Ross. Though we once had major ‘differences’ you could always rely on Steve.

I wish the parents were more vocal on this issue. This has got to stop. This bullying is really harming our kids.

Well more grist to the mill.

Alton Central “Bullying Issue” Much Has Been Happening Behind The Scenes.

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Anura Guruge


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>> ACS Board dragging heels re. bullying issue … — May 21, 2013.
>> ACS 8th Grader Claims That Bullying Is Alive And Well At ACS
>>Apr. 5, 2013.


Just in case there was anybody out there that thought that I dropped the ball on this important issue far be it from the case. That is not my style. I don’t drop too many balls and I do get a lot done.

Over the last two weeks there has been much happening. There have been a lot of e-mails, numerous phone calls, visits to the SAU office, letters, documents, at least one ‘right to know‘ and even some face-to-face meetings.

But, since many in Alton don’t seem to care about this issue I will not bore you with what has been happening. But, it is very strange to me. From what a few of us can see bullying (in its many forms) would appear to be the biggest threat facing our kids today. Compared to the damages that can be done via bullying concerns about dust in the air kind of pale in comparison. But, still have all of this raw emotion when it come to the school renovation, but deafening apathy when it comes to taking steps to stamp out bullying. Yes, to be fair one other mother e-mailed Deanna with the bullying being experienced by her two kids. From her e-mail we even learned a whole slew of new vocabulary. IF you folks only knew.

Well yesterday there was a very useful and I think productive round-table (as it happened) with Mr. Lander, the Superintendent. After what had been quite a weekend, with at least one very interesting meeting, I called up on Tuesday and requested that meeting. Five of us met with Mr. Lander; Deanna & I, the parents of the young lady who is trying to get this issue addressed and Mr. Steve Miller, the School Board member — who attended as my guest, and as a concerned Alton resident (as opposed to a Board Member). Let me just say that I was ‘happy’ with the meeting as were the other parents.

That is enough.

P.S., That was my first real interaction with Mr. Lander and I was suitably impressed. Steve Miller was right. He had always maintained that I should give him a chance. Thanks Steve.

Have a great weekend.

Alton Schools’ Hitherto Subterfuge Newspaper, ‘The Braysider’, Again Brays Shamelessly To Appropriate More Alton Taxpayer Dollars!

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>>May 3, 2013.

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>> Code of ethics for professional journalists — May 3, 2013.
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Click to ENLARGE. That is what I thought of that shameless braying now that we ALL know the undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Click to ENLARGE. That is what I thought of that shameless braying now that we ALL know the undisclosed conflicts of interest.

I was not amused by this so called ‘advertorial‘ from the minute I read it in the May 2, 2013 propaganda piece, especially because I was still fuming that they chose, for what is now very obvious were political, self-serving means, not to cover what was a pivotal Alton Board of Health vs. Alton Central School Board special meeting on April 29. Then thanks to School Board member, the ever vigilant Mr. Steve Miller, the TAX PAYERS FRIEND, who left a comment on this blog, we discover, and get confirmation from the Superintendent, that ‘The Braysider’ reporter works for ACS — though that has never been disclosed. Let me, as a professional journalist myself, and one with considerably more international recognition, prestige and credibility than those that work for this local rag, get one thing clear. I, nor anybody else in Alton, has any issue about the damn reporter working for the school. That was never the issue. That is fine. The issue was the lack of DISCLOSURE. Full disclosure is a part and parcel of responsible public reporting.

Even on this blog, when I talk about financial matters, I always make a point to disclose, very clearly, whether I have a stake in any of the ‘products’ I am writing about. That is because I cut my journalistic teeth on major, worldwide publications such as: ‘Data Communications‘, ‘Network World‘, ‘LAN Times‘ and ‘Business Communications Review‘.

And before anybody else starts trying to clamber up their high-horse trying to say that I am trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, I have an e-mail, sent to me last Friday, from the so called editor saying: I do realize there probably should have been a statement on that, as we had when Tim’s neighbors were involved in a case. That is my mistake, I will freely admit that‘.

Well lets see if he has the kahunas if not the integrity to admit to this in public. Friday’s e-mail exchange was in no way privileged. So I will have no compunction in publicizing it all.

What got me about this ‘advertorial‘, disguised as an ‘editorial’, was that the writer is not an Alton tax payer. As far as I know he pays no property tax anywhere in NH, or for that matter anywhere in the known Universe. But, he thinks it is ‘OK’ to talk about MORE spending without disclosing his nefarious conflicts of interests.

speeding

At this point let me AGAIN remind you that this was the aging, mid-30s guy who PUBLICLY BOASTED, in print, that he was speeding at 90 mph. I, as a parent, flagged this. I was shocked. But, none of YOU did anything. I guess you don’t care. Shame on YOU. He could have easily killed one of MY kids! 90 mph is criminal speeding.

This is a man that spends much of his time with teenagers, many just getting behind the wheel of car. And he boasts that it is ‘OK’ to drive at 90 mph! Yes, I know that he is like the pope. He does not feel that he has to answer to anyone on Earth. This is now becoming very clear. You can see the pattern. Do 90 mph and boast about it in print. Omit his conflicts of interest and think that Alton tax payers deserve to be duped because they are not as smart as him. We have had Presidents like that and lots of popes. So, I ask YOU. Are YOU going to have YOUR VOICE heard?

There is more. The reporter who felt that it was perfectly permissible not to disclose his germane, blatant conflict of interest is an assistant baseball coach at Brewster. Well, in my book that is not cricket. Sports is all about learning values. And those values are not that of breaking the law, i.e., criminal speeding at 90 mph, or violation of professional ethics, i.e., non-disclosure of crucial conflicts of interests.

Yes, I am riled. Yes, we feel violated! Why, because we had treated these two as friends. So there is an element of personal betrayal here. But, that is fine. C’est la vie. It is the duping of my fellow Alton citizens, specially the tax payers that irks me.

OK. I feel much better now. Time to celebrate. I just completed the process to publish my 1st print book in 18 months. Yes, I published a bunch of Kindle ebooks, but since I am very old-fashioned I don’t really think of those as bona fide books, though everybody tells me that they are the future. I like printed books.