Hooksett agrees to revise fact sheet on high school contract
HOOKSETT — After much discussion and some compromise, the Hooksett School Board agreed Wednesday night to revise a public fact sheet on the status of Hooksett’s negotiations for a new high school sending contract and its financial implications.
Hooksett is in negotiations with Pinkerton Academy to replace the Manchester School District starting next year to provide the district’s anchor high school. At issue was question five on the fact sheet, which was removed from the the district website last week because both board members and the public complained it was inaccurate.
The question, which focuses on financial impacts, was taken down because it did not mention that Manchester’s tuition rate up until 2018 has been set for all Hooksett students and includes a nearly $2,000 increase per student over the life of the settlement.
Board Vice Chairman David Pearl was initially in favor of putting off revising question five during the meeting, saying any changes should be vetted to ensure accuracy. But, last week, in emails with fellow board members, Pearl said the question should be changed, saying the public needed as much information as possible.
Fellow Board member John Lyscars agreed, but said that it was still important to get the changes to question five out to the public as quickly as possible.
“We want to get this information out to the public, we had it removed last week, but this is a living document, if we had more information to add great, but we have had some good compromise here, it’s not perfect but it gets better every time,” Lyscars said.
In the end the board voted unanimously to adopt changes to question five made by Board member Phil Denbow and Lyscars to explain the Manchester tuition increases, while at the same time agreeing with Pearl that during next week’s meeting the fact sheet should be put up on a projector so members of the board and public have am easier time following the document and making edits.
The board also voted Wednesday to not allow high school student Alex Autenrieth to install a fire pit at Hannah Ho Pond for his Eagle Scout Project.
While board members said they were disappointed to have to do so, administration officials informed them that the district’s insurance provider said that they believe the fire pit to be a bad idea because it could potentially be used by minors without adult supervision.