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

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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’.


Alleged Composition Of The Alton Central School (ACS) Strategic Planning Committee — Which Is Costing Alton Taxpayers $$$s.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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This is from Deanna — who is not happy that she appears to be the ONLY unaffiliated, i.e., NOT on the ACS payroll, parent on this Committee.

She attended BOTH, 8 am to 3 pm meetings, Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 2013 — and is sure that she was the only unaffiliated parent.

Before she attended the meetings she requested a list of the attendees from the SAU. She got a ‘roster’ with 25 names — one already marked as ‘unable to attend’.

Last week she e-mailed the SAU and asked for the list of those that actually attended the two meetings. She HAS an e-mail that claims, rightly or wrongly, that ‘no attendance’ was recorded; i.e., there was no sign-up list! She is seeking confirmation of this statement.

This Strategic Planning effort is costing Alton Taxpayers real money. The external ‘consultant’ alone is costing at least $3,000 (if not more if other expenses are being paid).

They HIRED a bunch of substitutes to cover ALL the teachers that were attending the meetings! Devanee, not the most reliable of sources for ACS news, claimed that she heard that there were 19 substitutes at ACS on Oct. 31 — which would be appropriate given that it was Halloween. Scary stuff.

So, this is the breakdown per the pre-meeting ‘Roster’. Only one board member attended. According to Deanna the Administration staff were in-and-out.

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The Number Of Unaffiliated Parents On Alton Central Strategic Plan Committee — Just ONE (1)?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Yes, the school will immediately claim that there are ‘x’ other parents on the Committee — but as far as we can tell they are ALL on the ACS payroll, as teachers or support staff.

While their status as parents is very true, being affiliated with ACS does make a difference as to how objective and OPEN one can be.

So …

Depending on how you count, and whether or not you count the facilitator and admin staff (that come and go), the numbers, as far as I have been told, comes somewhere between 22 and 19

What is key is just ONE (1) unaffiliated parent!

That the meetings were scheduled, back-to-back, Thursday & Friday, to run from 8 to 4 is a sure way to eliminate a ton of parents from attending.

So, PAID ACS staff, make up the numbers — and they hire substitutes, as necessary, to fill the gaps!

If you think this is right and proper MORE power to you.