School deal leaves bitter taste for some in Hooksett
"I voted against the settlement because it fundamentally changes the contract, which was approved on the warrant by the voters in 2003, and I felt at a minimum we needed to have a hearing to hear from those people before we committed to the deal," Pearl said.
During Tuesday's meeting, board Chairman Trisha Korkosz said the deal, which ends the Hooksett-Manchester agreement in 2014 rather than 2018, was finalized only on Monday, and with a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday, it was paramount that the agreement was voted on immediately.
"I don't think it is right. I am not happy under the circumstances," Pearl said.
Lyscars said there might be unintended consequences for parents who still want to send their children to Manchester.
While Hooksett will gain the freedom to send its students where they wish starting next year, Manchester will receive increased tuition fees from Hooksett starting in the 2014-2015 school year, along with $200,000 to be paid out in equal installments over the next two years.But for many parents in Hooksett, the news of the agreement came as a relief.
"It was very difficult on the current eighth-grade class. It really did tear the class apart; it wasn't a good experience. But I am hopeful that the kids coming forward won't have to go through that," Leger said.
"I am very excited, and I am looking forward to a new beginning here in Hooksett. We have to look for a contract for the town, but I think it was in the best interest of the town and the education of our kids to do the agreement," Berry said.
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