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November 24. 2013 10:07PM

Pinkerton still working on Hooksett partnership

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy isn’t giving up despite reports that talks with the Hooksett School District have “hit a snag” in efforts to establish a partnership for the 2014-15 school year, according to a statement released by the school.

Pinkerton continues to discuss the proposed partnership for the 2014-15 school year and just sent Hooksett Superintendent Charles Littlefield a long-term contract on Friday, the school said in the statement.

“Pinkerton Academy welcomes the opportunity to provide Hooksett families with the high quality instruction, curriculum, programs and facilities of our school,” said Harry Burnham, president of the Board of Trustees. “We believe this can be a wonderful partnership — so we’d like to work with the Hooksett School Board to best serve the interests of the community’s students, parents, and taxpayers.”

Littlefield had told Hooksett School Board members on Tuesday that talks had hit a snag and he hopes to negotiate a contract with the Derry school for the 2015-16 school year.

This most recent proposal is consistent with contracts now in effect between Pinkerton and its current school district partners — Auburn, Chester, Derry and Hampstead — according to the statement.

Pinkerton Academy “believes it is important that all sending districts have fundamentally similar relationships with the school,” the statement from the school said. The statement continued, “The proposal also provides flexibility to Hooksett during a time of transition starting with next school year 2014-15.”

“In the past year, Pinkerton Academy has toured hundreds of Hooksett parents and students,” Burnham said. “We are aware of tremendous interest by Hooksett families in the opportunities available at Pinkerton. As soon as the next school year, in fall of 2014, Pinkerton would be prepared to enroll additional Hooksett students on a sending town contract basis.”

To help families learn more about Pinkerton Academy, the school has scheduled an open house on Monday, Dec. 2, for the entire Hooksett community on the school’s campus in Derry.

A presentation at 7 p.m. in the Stockbridge Theatre will explain the curriculum.

“Pinkerton Academy would very much like to serve as the anchor school of the Hooksett School District,” said Burnham. “Knowing of the significant interest in Pinkerton by the Hooksett community, it is our objective to proceed swiftly enough that families could enjoy a fall 2014 start at our school.”

hmcgee@unionleader.com


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