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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.

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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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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 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?


My May 2013 Post On Alton Central School (ACS) Board And Bullying Issue Getting Widespread Attention!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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>> Stand Up 2013 N.H. —
>> Nov. 16, 2013.

>> Anti-bullying Rachel’s
>> Challenge at ACS —
>> Sep. 26, 2013.

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About a month ago I noticed a sudden SPIKE in the interest in this post — which kind of surprised me since, like most things related to ACS other than building renovation, nobody in Alton appears to give a damn about ACS-related matters whether it be Common Core, Strategic Plan involvement, lack of safety glass in the school, Destination Imagination (DI), etc. etc.

The hits have continued daily and I know that MOST are not from within NH. That a kind, gentle lady, a fellow author, commented on it from Nevada shows that this post is getting widespread attention. And I am glad — though it does NOT help us in Alton, N.H. per se.

I, despite my best efforts, have failed miserably in trying to get a modicum of accountability from this outlandishly arrogant, ‘gag the public’, and totally dysfunctional, School Board. Well now at least others can see what I have had to contend with. That is some consolation. If nothing else I will document the charade in my vain, but probably now incorrect, belief that ‘the pen‘ has some might.

Contrary to what some think this blog is read around the world and most of my hits are from OUTSIDE New Hampshire — which delights me no end given that I really am, in the end, a bona fide denizen of the world. Scroll down and check the flag counter at the bottom of the sidebar. Click on it. You might learn something. This site has been visited from 185 countries.


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This is my world coverage in the last 365 days.

And here is the kicker.
This is NOT my most popular blog!

That remains popes-and-papacy
that has racked up 227,630 hits
though I haven’t posted on it, on a regular basis, since March!

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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


Related post:
>> 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.

>>
To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>>
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.

Alton Central School Superintendent, William Lander Estimates That Proposed $18.6 Million Request For School Renovations Will Cost Taxpayers $1 per $1,000 Assessed Value.

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


Lander1per1000The Alton Central School (ACS) proposed funding, in light of this Saturday’s Deliberative Session, appeared in the Thursday, January 31, 2013, ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘, as a front page story. Since there had been some discussion on this blog on this thorny issue, I was somewhat familiar with what was being said. This statement from Mr. Lander caught my eye and attention.

He said it would be: ‘less than $1 per $1,000‘. Less than is a BIG phrase in this context. How much less? A couple of cents, 25 cents, 50 cents or was he being cute and saying that it would be just around $1 per $1,000. Mr. Lander, as he should be, is no doubt a man of means and rich. I am glad for him. For me, $1 per $1,000 is not chump change, though we own one of the more modest houses in Alton.

I know it is not a requirement, but I was curious whether Mr. Lander owns property in Alton. I couldn’t find any, but I might not have looked properly. Plus, he doesn’t have to even live in Alton.

Per the database I don’t own any property either because the property ownership does not end with my last name. So, while I was on the database I checked on who else on the Board has real skin in the game. I, having been to his place, knew that Mr. Miller had a big stake. $1 per $1,000 adds up for Mr. Miller. So, I am glad that Steve is really taking a stand on this.

Yes, I know that there are many that don’t pay taxes. But, if you do pay Alton property taxes you may want to refresh your memory that the tax rate went up 4% last year.