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I Am Getting So Fed Up Of Alton Central School (ACS) Administration Making Statements About Me WITHOUT Getting Their Facts Right.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>Nov. 18, 2013.
>> Whole story —
>> Nov. 14, 2013.
>> Baysider clarification —
>> Nov. 8, 2013.
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>>Nov. 3, 2013.
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loose_lips2A few weeks ago it was the Superintendent.

We sorted that out … link 1, link 2 & link 3.

Now it is the Principal!

What is their PROBLEM?

Well, I can come with all sorts of theories, but I have innate class.

Just check your facts before making statements.


Well, I sent out a e-mail that started like this …

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Deanna Insists On Getting The Whole Story Out About The E-mail That Was Never Sent To Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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>> Nov. 8, 2013.
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>>Nov. 3, 2013.
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On page A4 of the Thursday, November 14, 2013 issue of ‘The Baysider‘.

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Click to access ‘The Baysider’ original.


I am very glad and proud that Deanna is refusing to let this matter go uncommented. 

She knows that I am too busy frying other fish. So, I am grateful that she can take care of this stuff without me having to expend any bandwidth.

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 Notice my e-mail or even name does NOT APPEAR on that e-mail.

‘The Baysider’, On November 7, 2013, Prints ‘Clarification’ Of Sorts — Still Not The Whole Story.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. On Page A6 of the Thursday, November 7, 2013 'The Baysider. Can't provide link because it appears you now need to logon to read the paper.

Click to ENLARGE. On Page A6 of the Thursday, November 7, 2013 ‘The Baysider. Can’t provide link because it appears you now need to logon to read the paper.


I haven’t bothered to try and have this corrected. I have bigger and better fish to fry. This is Deanna on the warpath — and she is always more effective than me.

She is NOT happy with this clarification. She is agitating further. I feel bad for those that she is going after.

Original e-mail was not from HER, as the clarification states. It was from me. And I even HAND DELIVERED a printed copy to the SAU.

Deanna forwarded her copy of the e-mail to the SAU, clearly stating that the original was previously sent, when the SAU claimed, by e-mail (which we have), that they did not receive my e-mail.

All of this is immaterial. What matters is that my assertion that I did NOT receive an e-mail is, as ever, 100% true! It was never sent to me.

Stay tuned. 

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 Notice my e-mail or even name does NOT APPEAR on that e-mail.

‘The Baysider’, Purportedly Alton’s Newspaper Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting.

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Related Posts:
>> 
Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board
>> ‘Special’ Meeting — Apr. 30, 2013.
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Alton School Board Committee Assignments
>>Apr. 28, 2013.

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Alton Elected Town Officials: To Disclose Or Not To Disclose,
>> That IS THE Question? — Apr. 14, 2013.

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It says ‘covering Alton’ on the banner, but I guess that is just an indication of who should pay to advertise with them.


This Monday’s joint Alton (Selectmen/) Board of Health & Alton Central (ACS) School Board meeting to discuss healthy and safety related issues at ACS that had been aired during the contentious $18M bond fiasco was probably the most germane and interesting ACS-related meeting held this year — barring the ‘that was more fun than your typical three ring circus’ deliberative session on February 3.

So how come today’s ‘The Baysider’, purportedly Alton’s newspaper has no mention, at all, about this pivotal meeting. It isn’t as if they didn’t have the time. Their deadline is Tuesday and they have routinely covered other School Board meetings that were held on a Monday — that very week, in the Thursday edition.

I noticed that Tim Croes, the regular reporter, did not appear to be present. But, I know that they sometimes use other stringers, such as a lady called ‘Elizabeth‘ who tends to do a bangup job. So, when I got back, that very night, I fired off an e-mail to my friend Josh Spaulding, the  bestriding editor of ‘The Baysider’, asking him who covered that meeting. I got a response fairly soon (as is typically the case with Josh). He did not know! He does not keep track of Alton meetings. Tim is supposed to decide.

Hhhmmmm.

So what is the deal here? I have one and ONLY ONE concern. Was this political? By conveniently ignoring the coverage of this meeting (for at least a week), ‘The Baysider’ is letting the news go cold and as such demoting the issue.

The problem here is that I know various people who, rightly or wrongly, charge ‘The Baysider’ as being the OFFICIAL ACS newspaper.

It has now come to light that Tim Croes has been employed by ACS as a substitute teacher this 2012-2013 school year.
Tim nor ‘The Baysider’ disclosed this conflict of interest.
Read this post of May 3, 2013.

At this meeting the ACS School Board was asked a lot of pointed questions. By not covering the meeting many of the tax payers in Alton are being deprived of a chance to hear about what took place. All I want to know is is that but a coincidence. Yes, Tim, before he got his ‘get out of jail card’ that permitted him to attend Brewster, was an ACS alumni. So did ‘they’ lean on him not to cover the meeting? I do not know. But, this bothers me.

I have been particularly busy this week, since coming back from vacation, trying to publish yet another book. I just managed to get that done a few minutes ago. So, I now have a few ‘minutes’ breathing space before I start on another new book tomorrow. I had asked Deanna to find me the video of Monday’s meeting. I want to do at least one post on the “he said“, “no he didn’t“, “he definitely said ‘possibly’“, “no he didn’t“, aspect of the meeting, which dominated much of the first part of the proceedings, by juxtapositioning the questions from the Health Board and the answers from the School Board with the relevant clips from the deliberative session. At least as of Tuesday night Deanna couldn’t find the video from Monday. I will get to that.

If ‘The Baysider’ is not going to cover these meetings I will have to see what I can do. I am too old to start getting minutes. I did that 30 years ago. Maybe I could find somebody who will help out. But it irks me that the purported local paper does not feel that it is their job to cover such meetings. Funnily enough this is the SECOND instance, just this year, when ‘The Baysider’ just happened to forget to cover a crucial School Board meeting happening. Recall we had to hear about the Steve Miller ‘brandishing‘ incident from WMUR because ‘The Baysider’ waited until the following week to mention it.

Hhhmmmm.

‘The Baysider’, Purportedly Alton’s Newspaper Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting.

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Related Posts:
>> 
Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board
>> ‘Special’ Meeting — Apr. 30, 2013.
>>
Alton School Board Committee Assignments
>>Apr. 28, 2013.

>> 
Alton Elected Town Officials: To Disclose Or Not To Disclose,
>> That IS THE Question? — Apr. 14, 2013.

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BaysiderCoveringAlton

It says ‘covering Alton’ on the banner, but I guess that is just an indication of who should pay to advertise with them.


This Monday’s joint Alton (Selectmen/) Board of Health & Alton Central (ACS) School Board meeting to discuss healthy and safety related issues at ACS that had been aired during the contentious $18M bond fiasco was probably the most germane and interesting ACS-related meeting held this year — barring the ‘that was more fun than your typical three ring circus’ deliberative session on February 3.

So how come today’s ‘The Baysider’, purportedly Alton’s newspaper has no mention, at all, about this pivotal meeting. It isn’t as if they didn’t have the time. Their deadline is Tuesday and they have routinely covered other School Board meetings that were held on a Monday — that very week, in the Thursday edition.

I noticed that Tim Croes, the regular reporter, did not appear to be present. But, I know that they sometimes use other stringers, such as a lady called ‘Elizabeth‘ who tends to do a bangup job. So, when I got back, that very night, I fired off an e-mail to my friend Josh Spaulding, the  bestriding editor of ‘The Baysider’, asking him who covered that meeting. I got a response fairly soon (as is typically the case with Josh). He did not know! He does not keep track of Alton meetings. Tim is supposed to decide.

Hhhmmmm.

So what is the deal here? I have one and ONLY ONE concern. Was this political? By conveniently ignoring the coverage of this meeting (for at least a week), ‘The Baysider’ is letting the news go cold and as such demoting the issue.

The problem here is that I know various people who, rightly or wrongly, charge ‘The Baysider’ as being the OFFICIAL ACS newspaper.

At this meeting the ACS School Board was asked a lot of pointed questions. By not covering the meeting many of the tax payers in Alton are being deprived of a chance to hear about what took place. All I want to know is is that but a coincidence. Yes, Tim, before he got his ‘get out of jail card’ that permitted him to attend Brewster, was an ACS alumni. So did ‘they’ lean on him not to cover the meeting? I do not know. But, this bothers me.

I have been particularly busy this week, since coming back from vacation, trying to publish yet another book. I just managed to get that done a few minutes ago. So, I now have a few ‘minutes’ breathing space before I start on another new book tomorrow. I had asked Deanna to find me the video of Monday’s meeting. I want to do at least one post on the “he said“, “no he didn’t“, “he definitely said ‘possibly’“, “no he didn’t“, aspect of the meeting, which dominated much of the first part of the proceedings, by juxtapositioning the questions from the Health Board and the answers from the School Board with the relevant clips from the deliberative session. At least as of Tuesday night Deanna couldn’t find the video from Monday. I will get to that.

If ‘The Baysider’ is not going to cover these meetings I will have to see what I can do. I am too old to start getting minutes. I did that 30 years ago. Maybe I could find somebody who will help out. But it irks me that the purported local paper does not feel that it is their job to cover such meetings. Funnily enough this is the SECOND instance, just this year, when ‘The Baysider’ just happened to forget to cover a crucial School Board meeting happening. Recall we had to hear about the Steve Miller ‘brandishing‘ incident from WMUR because ‘The Baysider’ waited until the following week to mention it.

Hhhmmmm.

Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting On Monday, April 29, 2013.

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Related Posts:
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Alton School Board Committee Assignments
>>Apr. 28, 2013.

>> 
Alton Elected Town Officials: To Disclose Or Not To Disclose,
>> That IS THE Question? — Apr. 14, 2013.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this meeting, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the incisiveness, diligence, acumen and forthrightness of the Board of Health (a.k.a. ‘selectman’), in particular Loring Carr, David Hussey and Cydney Johnson. Having got used to the imperious manner in which some of the ACS Board members treat the tax paying plebs of Alton, it was amazing to hear Town officials that seem to actually care about what the citizens have said, are saying and have voted. This was a good meeting, though I am sure some on the School Board and in the ACS administration did not think so. Credibility was very much at stake. I urge people to watch the video recording. I did not see any newspaper reporters, though they might have come in disguise. I would love to see this very forum meet more often. Not sure how that can be made to happen. But, I have to say, today was good.

Alton Central School (ACS) District Appears To Be Cavalier, If Not Lax, When It Comes To Contracts Paid For With Taxpayer Funds.

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Related Posts:
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Alton School Board Committee Assignments — Apr. 28, 2013.
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Alton Elected Town Officials: To Disclose Or Not To Disclose,
>> That IS THE Question? — Apr. 14, 2013.
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I was given this letter this evening at the ‘special’ (Selectman)/Board of Health/ACS School Board meeting held at the Town Hall.


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This is the second time I have heard that the SAU is having trouble providing a contract for what are financial transactions.

This to me, coming from the corporate world, seems strange. I guess compliance nor accountability is a big issue to an SAU. Hhhmmm.

Alton Central School (ACS): What Is The Story About Air Quality?

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Click to access full post/article at ACS Website.

Click to access full post/article at ACS Website.


In February and March, with the divisive ‘$18 M’ school renovation bond as the lightning rod, I was perturbed to hear and read various accounts about the ‘poor’ air quality issues at Alton Central School (ACS) — especially as I have an asthmatic (on inhaler) 1st Grader attending ACS.

But, I had to get the election of the new pope out of the way before I could devote any reasonable bandwidth to this air quality issue.

Now that I have a tad more bandwidth (though I am heads down working on another book), I gave this air quality issue some thought and even contacted some ‘important people’ — Deanna in the meantime writing to the Superintendent to find out what testing had been done, when, by whom and the outcome of the results.

I look at air quality through the prism of my corporate background. While, of course, there are numerous shades of gray, in the end, at least in my mind, air quality of a building ends up being a binary issue — no different to that easy to follow adage about pregnancy. You are either pregnant or you are not. To me air quality boils down to that.

So what is the real story at ACS?

And the funny thing is that when it comes to ACS and air quality, we can, ironically, even forget the kids! We can just focus on the teachers, administrators and support staff. ACS, in addition to being a school, is also a workplace governed by all the policies and laws that apply to any other workplace with (say) 20 employees or more.

So does ACS air quality meet OSHA requirements for a workplace? I don’t know, but I assume that somebody in Alton knows.

Yes, Deanna is trying to get to the bottom of this and she will be paying (another) visit to the SAU office soon — to pick up a copy of the latest air quality testing.

Yes, I have spoken to some people in Concord, the Alton Town Hall as well as somebody who knows the laws. IF the air quality is unacceptable, the way I see it, screw the bond or lack thereof. If the air quality at ACS is indeed below par, the school needs to be shut down! Simple as that. Am I getting something wrong here? You can’t have staff and kids KNOWINGLY exposed to unacceptable air quality levels. Can you? You never know.

So, where do we stand on the air quality?

We are trying to find out.

The Alton $18M School Bond $0.34 vs. $1.12 Misleading Claim Makes It To The Top Of The ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.

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>> Credibility — Mar. 6, 2013.


Front Page. Top of banner. Click to access the 'Laconia Daily Sun'.

Front Page. Top of banner. Click to access the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.


The article on page 4 with quotes from Barbara Howard. Click to access.

The article on page 4 with quotes from Barbara Howard. Click to access.




A masterful, mesmerizing picture on the front page of the same issue of the 'Sun' by Mark Chertok. Click to access the 'Sun' original.

A masterful, mesmerizing picture on the front page of the same issue of the ‘Sun’ by Mark Chertok. Click to access the ‘Sun’ original.


Maybe The Alton Central School SAU Could Learn Something From My Personal Creed Of 28 Years.

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credibility

My personal creed,
the overarching principle of my life

— since 1985.


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I heard the above cited saying delivered by an after dinner speaker at a regional sales meeting in Dallas, Texas in 1985.

I had just walked into the hotel banquet hall having stepped out to arrange something, in my then unofficial capacity as ‘master of all things entertainment‘ (which was an adjunct to my official job of ‘Marketing Director‘). I still remember, I was dressed in a black tux (which I was wont to don) and had my habitual flute of champagne in my right hand. I slowly closed the double doors and stood up against them. This guy, and I wish I had made a note of his name, was speaking. This was a ‘regional’, so it would not have been anybody mega famous. Those we hired for our totally insane, out-of-control, money-no-object, National Sales meetings.

That credibility statement hit me like a ton of bricks.

So much so that I had to stagger up to a chair, at the back, sit down, and run that whole thing over and over again in my head. I was 32 years old. Life was good. I was an unashamed hedonist. All I cared about was making money, being an ‘expert’ (and yes, I had published my 1st book and was doing lots of seminars) and having fun. No kids, no ‘legal’ wife, company provided (all paid) black Camaro, ‘no questions ever asked‘ expense account and an outrageous compensation plan. And here was this guy telling me that credibility is more important than money. I sat and thought. He was still talking away. I was just focused on the credibility thing. I mulled this over. Realized that this was good stuff. It, at once, became my guiding light. My moral compass. I have never abandoned it.

It has served me well. Wealth has come and gone. And thanks to my creed, I made sure that it never bothered me. It was c’est la vie. 28 years later, my health is not what it was. And I know I have lost something.

Though I have a published paper trail going back to 1976 I know that I can die knowing that I clung on, desperately, to my credibility. My two older kids, especially my son, know about me and my credibility. They have taken note. I know that they will follow in my footsteps. Hopefully the other two will also do so.