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Hooksett board responds to revival of Pinkerton Academy proposal

HOOKSETT — The news that Pinkerton Academy has sent Hooksett’s school superintendent a high school contract for next year got varying reactions from school board members Monday.

“This has been an evolving process and at this point nothing would surprise me,” school board Chairman Trisha Korkosz. “It was shocking though to me that (Pinkerton) announced that they had sent a contract. I was shocked that it was in the newspaper.”

She said the board could not yet comment on the details of the contract, which was presented to Superintendent Charles Littlefield Friday — just days after he had told the board there had been a snag in the negotiations between Pinkerton and Hookesett.

Korkosz expressed hope that a contract starting next year could be worked out.

“This community is reeling, and I think that our eighth-grade class really needs direction on what they should do, and hopefully they will receive it (soon),” Korkosz said.

Her optimism was not shared by board members John Lyscars and David Pearl, who have been consistently in the minority in high school contract-related votes.

“I am not encouraged that (Pinkerton) has presented a contract,” Pearl said.

While refusing to go into specifics, Pearl stated flatly: “I would like to see a contract that has no restrictions on student attendance, and if (the contract presented by Pinkerton) has none, I will support a contract that starts next year.”

He added that he wouldn’t support any contract that limits the number of Hooksett students that can attend other high schools because he believes it would create problems similar to the contract Hooksett has with Manchester. That contract is set to expire at the end of this year after the two districts reached an agreement to prematurely terminate the deal.

Lyscars said he would not support a contract that starts next year regardless of circumstances, saying the whole process has been unnecessarily rushed.

“You can’t make rash emotional decisions without thought on legal documents; you are just asking for trouble. We are putting Hooksett residents on the line here,” Lyscars said.

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