Hooksett in talks with Pinkerton over high school students
Hooksett School Board Chair Trisha Korkosz said the district has agreed with Pinkerton to begin negotiations on a contract next week.
"Enrollment trends predict an eventual decline in the number of students coming to Pinkerton from our partner school districts, so the entry of Hooksett students could fill in a projected gap depending on the Hooksett district's ultimate plan for its students," Chip Underhill of Pinkerton Academy said.
"Superintendent Littlefield and I will talk about a process for identifying Hooksett's needs and Pinkerton's potential solutions. Then, we will each report to our respective boards," Anderson said.
"But our hope is that the deal will only be for 10 years, we learned our lesson with Manchester, which was a 20-year deal," Korkosz said.
Hooksett resident Jason Hyde said that it would take nearly 30 minutes without traffic to get his child to Pinkerton, but he added that with Derry traffic getting bad during drop off and pick up time, a real time estimate would be closer to 45 minutes.
Another negotiating parameter will be that Hooksett be allowed to phase its students in over the next several years, as many students remain in Manchester schools and might wish to remain through their high school years. Bus service will be provided to students going to Pinkerton once a contract is finalized, Korkosz said.
Board member David Pearl said he is concerned that entering into an agreement with Pinkerton could pose a problem due to the structure of the settlement Hooksett agreed to with Manchester.
"We came to an agreement that increases tuition by 20 percent and increases the money that we get for the cost of the buildings," he said, adding, "I think when the dust settles, we'll be fine."
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