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Hooksett school board meeting turns stormy

HOOKSETT — Less than a month after school board members agreed to try to put old differences aside and to work together infighting has resumed with renewed zeal.

Chairman Trisha Korkosz and Vice Chairman David Pearl accused one another of not living up to the agreement, with Pearl filing a new formal complaint against Korkosz.

"The Hooksett School Board has reached a new low. I expect someone to stand up and say it's nuts because it is nuts, and I have no problem saying that," Pearl said.

For her part, Korkosz said, "at this point and time, I am walking a very fine line in this community where people want us to bury the hatchet, and the community needs that, and I am working very hard to let the past be the past, but there needs to a be an equal level of respect for everyone. (Pearl) is not living up to his end of the bargain."

Infighting between board members came to a head Tuesday, after a disagreement over the use of an overhead projector led to David Pearl leaving early.

Pearl, who wanted to discuss the recent settlement between Hooksett and Manchester that ended Hooksett's breach of claim against Manchester and Manchester's injunction against Hooksett, was prevented from displaying the settlement on an overhead projector after the board voted to not allow it.

"I understand people have different views, but to vote not to display a public document on a projector is so beyond belief I don't understand it," Pearl said.

Korkosz said that displaying the settlement was not the nature of her and other board member's objections, but was instead to giving Pearl carte blanche to go over the settlement without stating specifically what he wanted to discuss.

"We wanted him to limit what he wanted to talk about to specifics to prevent him from going into a two-hour monologue about things that can't be changed when we don't have the time for it," Korkosz said.

Pearl eventually left the meeting when a school official began using the overhead projector without permission.

"I objected to a school official using a projector when I couldn't. When it became apparent that someone else could use it without asking, I stood up and said I am leaving the meeting, and I left," Pearl said after the meeting.

The infighting spread beyond the School Board and into the public after roughly 10 minutes of arguing over use of the overhead projector resulted in resident Jason Hyde yelling at the board about its behavior, resulting in the police being called to remove him from the meeting.

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