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Hooksett parents to be kept in loop during school negotiations

HOOKSETT — The School Board will hold a public information session Oct. 29 and publish a set of fact sheets about negotiations with the school districts vying for the town’s students.

The Hooksett School District is negotiating a contract with Pinkerton Academy for the majority of the district’s high school students. It is also negotiating with Londonderry, Bow and Pembroke to take students who don’t want to attend Pinkerton.

Hooksett’s contract with Manchester expires at the end of this year.

School Board Chairman Trisha Korkosz said that it was imperative for the board to keep residents informed, as they will ultimately be making the final decision on any new agreement when they vote March 12.

To help with that goal, the board decided Tuesday night to conduct a survey and create the facts sheet, which will include board agreed upon questions and answers to update the public and correct any misconceptions in the public.

“It will be a fluid document and will be updated as things unfold,” Korkosz said.

The board also agreed to start the process of creating a survey for parents of children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Superintendent Charles Littlefield walked the board through the process of what was needed to complete negotiations with Pinkerton and get the deal on the warrant articles for the March election.

“We have to come up with a plan and get out and sell it. In Auburn, we went through the same thing, only we had a two year window. However, I am convinced that this board is good enough at what it does that it will be able to sell whatever it decides,” Littlefield said.

Littlefield also told board members that if negotiations with Pinkerton fail, students could still attend Manchester schools.

Korkosz said that she is not concerned about the short time line.

“I don’t think we have a choice; we have to have an item ready for a warrant article by around the 10th of January.”

The informational session will be held Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the David R. Cawley Middle School cafeteria.

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