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Is Alton Central (ACS) [N.H.] School Board Still Squabbling About ‘Common Core’ A Year After Their Landmark Vote?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> ACS continuing with Common Core?
>>Aug. 26, 2014.
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at
>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote …
>>Sep. 16, 2013.

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Snippet from the frontpage of the Thursday, September 11, 2014, “The Baysider” talking about “much debate”. Use link below to access entire article at “The Baysider”. Click if you just want this ENLARGED.

Click to access the original article, in its full glory, at “The Baysider”,
frontpage, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 issue.

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“Smarter Balanced” assessment (or testing) is aligned to Common Core. It is basically one of the testing components of Common Core. Click image to access the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium” to learn more.


Don’t let the “Smarter Balanced” terminology confuse you. This is still about Common Core.

As I noted in this post, two weeks ago, the vote by the Alton Central School (ACS) School Board not to ‘support’ the use of ‘Common Core’ was taken at the September 16, 2013 meeting. So it would have been a year next week.

You would think that they have had plenty of time to come up with a strategy if not a plan.

Wasn’t this covered in the Strategic Plan? I don’t know. I haven’t looked recently.

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From same article as above. Use that link to access original.

There are some statements in this article that are beyond the pale. It says that one of the Board Members was ‘NOT CONVINCED’ by the discussion and ‘the discussion’ appears to have hinged on ACS Superintendent, William (‘Bill’) Lander claiming that the State mandates that the test must be conducted. How many shades of gray can you have in that? Shouldn’t the Board have got better clarification of this BY NOW? They have had a year. Does the Board trust the Superintendent on these matters or do they not? Why are they openly questioning his claims? Shouldn’t he have, and I know he is super busy, put together a paper on this that the Board could have studied? He has had 11 months. As far as I know you can produce a baby in 9, so couldn’t these folks have got something sorted out in 11?

Further on it talks about the Chair ‘accusing’ a member of using a ‘crib sheet’ and that the two “went back and forth about this”! What is this. 4th Grade? Amazing.


Alton Central (ACS), N.H. Middle School Soccer Team To Be Known As The “Flying Cleats”.

flyingcleatscartAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Common Core 2014 – 2015
>>Aug. 26, 2014.Fee-shipping-Messi-Soccer-Boots-Men-football-shoes-creat-Shoes-Genuine-Leather-soccer-shoes-green-black
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at
>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.

>> Board gets congratulated for meaningless
>> vote — Sep. 19, 2013.

>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.

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Appears that this year’s Alton Central Middle School soccer team is irrepressibly ebullient to the extent of putting the ‘Energizer Bunny‘ to shame. Good for them. Bravo. What a joy.

These kids are so full of pep that even after a game, on the way back on the bus, they are practicing their skills and exercising. They seem to have developed an exercise regime, ideally suited for the inside of school buses, called “dodge the cleats”. That is pretty descriptive. I have to applaud the coaches for encouraging such initiative.

Such a shame that a boot should fly out of the bus window and smash the windscreen of the car behind. Kids will be kids. And they called the police! What next?

They were just playing “dodge the cleats”.

Of course this was just a sporting accident. So I hope it is left at that.

Right?


Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: NO LATE Buses Till Mid-September 2014!

conserving-resources-for-a-better-planetAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> Common Core 2014 – 2015
>>Aug. 26, 2014.
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.

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88246127001_2069184013001_961896998-193-1357162962288School has started and there are after school programs — in particular the sports programs.

But, ACS in its infinite wisdom has decided that the late buses will NOT start till mid-September!

Is this a JOKE?

This is grossly irresponsible at multiple levels, key among them being the blatant disregard for conserving resources, reducing pollution and helping Alton parents with their budgets. All Alton parents, alas, are not rich like the handsomely compensated School Administration. We have buses to reduce the amount of cars that have to go to and fro to pick up (and drop off) kids at school.

This is inexcusable. I am going to take this to as many places as I can and my angel will be, quite rightly, that of resource conservation.

IF ACS claims that this is a COST ISSUE I will laugh in their face. They didn’t budget for this? Why not?

If ACS can now afford all these lawyers they can’t afford to provide late buses?

The biggest problem we have is that most in Alton just don’t seem to care.

IF we had local elected officials that cared about such matters, at a minimum, the Selectmen would intervene.

They claim to teach the kids about recycling, energy conservation etc. and then they do this? What a joke.

This is bad. This is sad. This is Alton.

Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Year After Infamous ‘Common Core’ Vote By Board School Continues With ‘Core’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at
>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote …
>>Sep. 16, 2013.

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It was September 16, 2013, when the ACS School Board voted 3-to-2 not to ‘support’ use of ‘Common Core‘ at Alton Central School. Starting immediately after this landmark vote there was confusion as to what the vote was supposed to mean. Within 3 weeks the ever pugnacious ACS Superintendent, William ‘Bill’ Lander, was telling the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ that the Board’s ‘rejection’ of Common Core has no immediate consequences — and let us now dwell on that word ‘immediate’. Of course we all understood that they wouldn’t and couldn’t change the plans for the 2013 – 2014 school year that was already underway.

But now we have started, as of yesterday, the 2014 – 2015 ACS School Year and Common Core is everywhere. I went to the ‘Open House’ last Thursday, and as ever it was good, positive and fun and it was a great pity that the new Acting Principal, William ‘Bill’ Lander, always busy with his heavy teaching schedule at Plymouth State (PSU) and his extensive repertoire of publications, was not there for usor at least we didn’t see him though we toured the whole school, end-to-end, and saw nearly everybody else. But we understand that he was there but I am puzzled as to why we didn’t see him because we were there from 5:30 till past 7pm. The new Associate Principal, Linda Willman shone — she was quite literally glowing. She is good news. She will do well. We are so happy that she, ignoring the meaningless titles, is heading up ACS. Good things will happen with her in charge.

I saw tons of ‘Singapore Math‘ books in various classrooms. I checked with a couple of teachers. Common Core is ALL GO.

So what gives?

Is the Board just going to forget that they had that vote?

Or is it that the Administration is going to ignore the board.

There is a bigger picture here, with these three incidents serving as landmarks:

Sept. 2013: Board votes against ‘Common Core’ administration continues with ‘Common Core’.

June 2014: Board overturns three bullying decisions made by the supposedly trained ACS Administration.

August 2014: The ACS Administration gets Diane M. Gorrow of the law firm Soule, Leslie, Kidder et. al. to write a letter to Jay C. Boynton, the ACS School Board’s attorney asking for a bullying hearing to be dismissed! When the letter appeared in my inbox it took me a second to work out the implications. The Superintendent is using a lawyer to communicate with the Board about a bullying hearing! As far as I knew the Administration ‘worked’ for the Board. Seems incongruous, if not downright wrong, to me — but what do I know. I just try to document this stuff BECAUSE nobody else does. I did not even realize that ACS now has, and it must mean, HIRES, two law firms: one by the Administration and the other by the Board. Who is paying for these lawyers — unless, of course, they are doing this pro bono because they like Alton and are committed to the cause of Public Education.

So, that is the state of play.


Alton Central (ACS) Superintendent William ‘Bill’ Lander Cocks-A-Snook At School Board Over Common Core!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Superintendent cock-a-snook.

Superintendent cock-a-snook.

Related recent posts:
>> Common Core the REAL standards …
>>Sep. 27, 2013.
>> Common sense on Common Core
>>Sep. 22, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote …
>>Sep. 16, 2013.

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From October 2, 2013's 'Laconia Sun'. They don't have this in their 'Past Issues' as yet. Click to ENLARGE. Go to their Website, find Oct. 2, 2013, issue -- and this is the cover story, page 1.

From October 2, 2013’s ‘Laconia Sun’. They don’t have this in their ‘Past Issues’ as yet. Click to ENLARGE. Go to their Website, find Oct. 2, 2013, issue — and this is the cover story, page 1.


Alton Center Superintendent William ‘Bill’ Lander is NOT telling us anything we didn’t already know. I had told you that this was a meaningless vote as soon as it was taken (though I readily confess that I am the one that set them up for taking the vote).

However, I do NOT think that Lander should have made the statement he did WITHOUT first having told that to the Board.

Two of us at the last Board meeting requested that Lander informs all of us as to the implications and ramifications of the vote.

There has been NO PUBLIC board meeting since the vote.

So Lander did not make this ‘of no consequence‘ statement to the Board. Instead he scurries off and tells it to a journalist.

That he has NO RESPECT for this Board has been abundantly clear for months — and I have written about it. To be fair, Lander has them by their short and curlies. The Board reports to him, not the other way around. He has nothing to lose and everything and MORE to gain. He got the board, in March 2013, to give him an iron-clad, platinum parachute THREE YEAR (3) contract. So now he can disrespect the Board as much as he wants and I don’t blame him. This Board has done nothing to earn his respect. They have too many secrets between them and Lander knows all the secrets.

That said, I am UPSET that he so blatantly disrespects the
Board Chair, Sandy Wyatt.

This is the second time in 2 months that he really has put the kindly, gentle lady in an awkward situation. I am getting a terrible feeling that he enjoys putting Mrs. Wyatt on the spot. Wonder if he would treat a male Chair the way he treats ‘poor’ Mrs. Wyatt?

Lander got Mrs. Wyatt to read a glowing account of his friend that he was hiring to be the $3,000 facilitator without telling Mrs. Wyatt all the facts. Mrs. Wyatt ended up with egg on face though they ended up trying to sort it out in non-public session.

Now this.

Lander should have first run this past the Board at the next meeting.

That he didn’t was disrespectful to the Chair, Mrs. Wyatt.

Mrs. Wyatt deserves better. I don’t really know her. I have only seen her at Board meetings. BUT, she over the last few months has earned our unstinted respect (and at least when it comes to me, that isn’t easy). She really is trying to do what is good for Alton. She is fair, somewhat patient and follows the rules.

But there is NOTHING, NADA, that the Board can do. They are his pawns.

Alton Central School (ACS) Board’s Confused & Confusing Vote Against ‘Common Core’ Makes The Headlines.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.
>> How come no ACS teachers attended
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>> ACS Board Aug. 8 Workshop …
>>Aug. 9, 2013.

>> ACS Workshop … should be hilarious
>>July 31, 2013.
>> ACS board not 100% behind Common Core? — June 11, 2013.

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Click to access September 17, 2013 'Laconia Daily Sun'.

Click to access September 17, 2013 ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.


Michael Kitch, a very savvy, seasoned and astute reporter got it right on two counts: this was nothing MORE than a thumbing of noses and one whose impact is obscure to say the least.

This vote will have repercussions, good or bad.

Alton Central School (ACS) Board Votes 3 – 2 AGAINST ‘Common Core’ — Whatever The Vote Was Supposed To Mean!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> How come no ACS teachers attended … — Aug. 10, 2013.
>> ACS Board Aug. 8 Workshop … — Aug. 9, 2013.
>> ACS Workshop … should be hilarious — July 31, 2013.
>> ACS board not 100% behind Common Core? — June 11, 2013.

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The ACS School Board vote at the September 16, 2013, meeting, however pathetic it might have been, duly confirmed my contention following the June Board Meeting that the ACS Administration and staff did NOT have the Board backing when it comes to Common Core.

This is why I have agitated, as the minutes from the Board meeting clearly show, to get a straight up-down vote from the Board on this.

It happened and it came out as I had expected — with the Board showing its contempt for ‘CC’.

I knew how Steve Miller was going to vote. He had already stated his support for CC for the record.

I was glad and impressed that Sandy Wyatt voted for CC. It is now official: Deanna and I think she is GOOD, VERY GOOD.

I had planned to get up at the first public input session and ask the Principal why teachers from ACS had not attended the Board meetings to present their side of the story.

Though I did bring it up, I did not have to. There were about 7 or 8 (maybe more) ACS teachers present, led by 6th grade teacher Mr. Richard Kirby, who I think represents the ACS teachers in some capacity. He stood up and spoke maybe four times. He did a good job of refuting the crazy claims about CC and also clearly stating the case of the teachers as to why they are in favor of CC. Thank you Mr. Kirby. Mr. Kirby, however, is not a lawyer nor a politician and as such was not as forceful as he should have been with the rebuttals. I see that a lot with teachers. They kind of get out of practice arguing with adults.

I was delighted to see Carol Locke, the Principal of Gilmanton School, at the meeting to defend and promote CC and also to unequivocally refute some crazy statements related to teachers resigning from Gilmanton because of CC that had been made at the August Workshop. That is the first time I had seen her, let alone met her. When she got up and stated her address (which she didn’t have to do) I realized that we were neighbors and that I even walk past her house on occasion. In addition to speaking as the Principal she also spoke as an Alton resident and grandparent. She has my thanks. She was impressive.

Mr. William Lander, the Superintendent, made a VERY GOOD forceful statement on behalf of the administration and staff as to their belief and commitment in CC.

But that was all in vain.

Politics prevailed. They were not voting on CC. They were voting on ideological political beliefs and their profound fear of anything that is other than their cherished ‘local control’.

But, here is the irony and I knew that this would be the case ever since I asked for the vote.

The vote meant nothing.

It changed nothing, it changes nothing!

Yes, to be fair some of the members did point this out before the vote — viz. that they were not sure what they were voting for or against.

But, they voted against their support of ‘CC’.

However, ACS is already committed and on track with a CC-based curriculum, books and testing for the 2013 – 2014 school year. That die is cast. Rotate has been reached and exceeded.

To change course they will have to take some other votes.

Mrs. Locke (first) and I (second) BOTH stood up in the second public input and asked for clarification as to what the voted meant, its ramification.

Mr. Lander, to his credit again, pointed out that the vote didn’t change anything. He was on the ball today. I was impressed.

I chased after Mr. Kirby, who left (no doubt in disgust) after the vote and asked him if he understood what the vote meant. He didn’t.

What a Board.

Of, there was healthy applause from the public gallery, but not the teachers, when the vote failed. Sad.

But, I want to applaud and thank four individuals that truly impressed me today:
Richard Kirby, Carol Locke, Sandy Wyatt & William Lander.

Watch Alton Central (ACS) School Board Chair Read Glowing Synopsis Of Once Suspended Facilitator With NO Mention Of Suspension.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The prior ‘hire the $3,000 Facilitator’ post
with ‘Breaking News’ retraction
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This is classic. Watch this. Listen to the Chair, Sandy Wyatt, read this glowing resume. She reads about her tenure at Raymond. What is missing? Just the dates. Nothing more, nothing less. 

This resume was provided to her by the Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander, who admits, and it is on this very tape, that he knows this person. Talk about keeping the public in the dark.

Watch and be amazed. This is your elected officials at work.

That said, I feel bad for Sandy Wyatt. I don’t know her and I am not sure, and I could be wrong, but I think she is not Machiavellian. In this instance she was set up by Mr. Lander. For that I feel bad. But, she, as the Chair, must have some powers to question and censure.


Facilitator Hired By Alton Central (ACS) SCHOOL BOARD, For $3,000, To Spearhead Crucial ‘Strategic Plan’ Suspended In Raymond Last September.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> ACS Strategic Plan stumbles … — Aug. 22, 2013.
>> ACS Aug. 20, 2013 Board Meeting — Aug. 20, 2013.

>> ACS Board Aug. 8 Workshop … — Aug. 9, 2013.
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Breaking News

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This is indeed interesting news. I was under the impression that
Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander,
had briefed the Board, in non-public session, as to this matter.

Why would he have not done so?

Did he not think it was germane?


Key Points:

§ Superintendent, Mr. Bill Lander, who proposed Jean Richards, with unstinted praise, never mentioned this suspension in public session.

§ Board Members present at the August 8 meeting where this was approved: Sandy Wyatt, Terri Noyes, Steve Miller & Carlos Martinez.

§ Suspension from Raymond took place in September 2012 — less than a year ago.

§ It is not clear from the 2nd (Raymond) report, but there still appears to be residual cases in court.

§ She is now Superintendent of a school district, Monroe, with 72 students? Link.

§ Why weren’t any other Superintendents considered, or was this (another) insider-job given that Mr. Lander has indicated that he ‘knows’ her?

§ Given that bullying in various forms is a major issue at ACS it seems ironic that the Board would decide to hire a facilitator who was at ‘troubled’ Raymond.

§ To me this is another example of this board being insensitive to the parents & kids at ACS and thumbing their nose, yet again, at the bullying issues!

§ I hear, and I do not as yet, have the details, that Alton’s Prospect Mountain High School is facing a bullying lawsuit. So, the Board hires this facilitator for their strategic plan? What are they drinking?


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School Board Chair reading glowing account of proposed facilitator
with no mention of the suspension (and resignation).

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.