Transportation, capacity at the center of Hooksett school debate
Hooksett School Board Chairman Trisha Korkosz said that while Hooksett approached Goffstown early in the process of the district's search to replace Manchester, Goffstown's response to Hooksett's inquiry from then-Superintendent Stacy Buckley, who has since left the district, led her to believe they were not interested.
"And it is not necessarily closer than anywhere else we are talking to, and it's not an easy place to get to from Hooksett. Pinkerton is better in terms of transportation. If somehow Goffstown was the anchor, it would switch from a west-side problem to an east-side problem in terms of transportation," Korkosz said.
Danielle Lazierrie, who has two children in the Hooksett School District, agreed that Goffstown is just too far away from her house to be a viable option for her.
She added that she is familiar with Goffstown, as her husband is an alum from there, but that the car ride would be 40 minutes at least.
Jessica LaPaglia, who also has two children in the district, said that she has never even seriously considered Goffstown as an alternative to Pinkerton.
"Pinkerton offers so much in terms of special education, trade schools and AP classes. They are one-stop shopping because it covers all our needs," LaPaglia said.
"Pinkerton. Hands-down, they just have the ability to offer so much more. Pinkerton can encompass and educate all our students. I just think they are the total package," Leger said.
Hooksett high schoolers have been attending Manchester high schools for many years but because of dissatisfaction with the city's schools, Hooksett began looking at other districts where its students could be educated. That led to a series of events in which the Manchester School District filed suit against Hooksett to enjoin its students from leaving, and paying for it with tuition money due to Manchester.
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