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Attribution WILL be enforced.
.by Anura Guruge
1. Aug. 26 School Board meeting … — Aug. 26, 2013.
2. Hiring a once suspended facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
3. ACS Board Chair ‘promoting’ facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
4. Board members: To Disclose or Not … — Apr. 14, 2013.
Sheer genius. You have to hand it to them. So clever.
At least for that Alton taxpayers should be grateful. How many of YOU taxpayers actually realize that Mr. William ‘Bill’ Lander, Superintendent, despite the generous full-pay he receives only works part-time — with the blessing of the Board? Many of you probably can’t even remember. But the deal was that the new Superintendent, as opposed to the last ‘Pluto is a Planet’ advocate, was going to be full-time. We certainly pay him what appears to be a full-time salary. But, I found out, from the horse’s mouth itself, that he negotiated part-time hours! Has to be nice.
So, he cancels the Board Meeting, and avoids any discussion on the hiring of the $3,000 strategic plan facilitator, and says it is because it clashes with ‘Back to School Night’.
So did THEY forget it was Back to School Night?
How convenient … and other words beginning in ‘c’.
As some of you may have realized I like words. I like to play with words. After this strategic planner embroglio I have a new mind game to keep me amused in moments of idleness. You TOO can play it with me. How many words starting with ‘D’ can you come up with to describe this the latest School Board fiasco — with the exemplary Steve Miller, as ever, the exception.
The Town, the Selectmen, should give Steve Miller an award: The True Champion Of Alton Youth.
Well, looks like we the Alton taxpayers got shafted again.
.by Anura Guruge
Given that we don’t miss many ACS School Board meetings, and I do pay some attention to what is being said, I do not think this is correct.
But, it was on the ACS Website all through this crucial weekend — as parents get ready for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 27.
It would be really, really good IF there is indeed a Board Meeting on Monday.
IF this is a mistake it will be quite embarrassing for the administration. Deanna has already fired off e-mails to the school and I have given a heads-up to a ‘friend’.
I get a feeling that the ACS Superintendent, Bill Lander, for obvious reasons, is doing his best to either not have a revote or have it done in ‘private’ or even by phone. If he does we will still bring it up a the next school board.
These shenanigans involving Alton taxpayer money has to stop.
We are not being told anything about the 3rd party, independent bullying investigation that took place over the Summer. I am fairly certain that the Board paid for that investigation. At a minimum I want to know how much was paid. IF you were an Alton taxpayer wouldn’t you like to know.
One of the big problems is that this is a Board with secrets who love to do things in secret. That hardly anybody turns up to their ever so non-transparent meetings just emboldens a few of them. I wish more folks would attend, or at least watch the tapes.
.by Anura Guruge
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.
.by Anura Guruge
>> 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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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?
§ 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?