Hooksett School Board dealing with dissension
HOOKSETT — School Board Chair Trisha Korkosz said she is doing research to find out what the consequences will be for fellow board members John Lyscars and David Pearl for allegedly violating school board policy, but Lyscars said that he is confident that neither he nor Pearl has done anything wrong.
"I believe that Pearl and Lyscars are actively trying to undermine the majority of the board," Korkosz said.
Korkosz said she is actively pursuing what the penalties will be for Lyscars and Pearl.
"If the policy reads that they should lose their seats, the board will determine whether to push the matter," she said.
While confident he did nothing wrong, Lyscars said that if the board votes to penalize them, he is sure those allegations will be leveled against him.
"I am confident no wrong doing will be found. But if it comes to a majority vote, they will find wrongdoing, because they don't like my position on a number of issues," Lyscars said.
The trouble started when Lyscars asked Superintendent Charles Littlefield for a copy of an email he sent to school districts discussing the possibility of Hooksett sending its high school students to one of those towns should the district's breach claim against Manchester be successful.
Lyscars said that instead of turning over the emails, Littlefield indicated he would if the board voted for him to do so. In a 3-2 vote against, with Pearl and Lyscars in the minority, the board voted not to order Littlefield to release the emails. In response, Lyscars said he filed a Right-to-Know request with Londonderry Superintendent Nathan Greenberg, while Pearl filed a Right-to-Know request directly to Littlefield. Lyscars said both filings were done as private citizens, and not as school board members.
After being given a copy of the emails by Greenberg shortly after he made his request, Lyscars said, "It just goes to show that it was no big deal, that is how it should work, that is what the relationships between school board and superintendents should be like, it shouldn't be so difficult to get information that should be public."
Korkosz said her perspective of the matter is different.
"It's a violation of school board policy, which says that once the board votes, the board members will support all the decisions the board has made, whether in agreement or not."
By seeking the information after the board voted against it, Korkosz said Lyscars and Pearl are in active violation of board policy.
However, Lyscars said that Korkosz and other board members follow board policy only when it suits them.
"When they passed the changes to board policies at the last meeting and were informed they were themselves in violation of board policy, they just went on the fly and just waived it. They didn't even know what policy they were waiving. In one fell swoop they disregard policy and regulation to get done what they want done, it's ridiculous."