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December 02. 2013 8:51PM

Hooksett considers deal to allow some students to attend Bow, Londonderry schools

HOOKSETT — The School Board is expected to vote tonight on agreements that would allow some high school students to attend school in Bow and Londonderry next year.

The agreements, called Memorandums of Understanding, would allow up to 40 students in each class to attend Londonderry and up to 10 to attend Bow. Board members say a vote also could be taken on a new 10-year sending contract with Pinkerton Academy.

Board Chairman Trisha Korkosz said that it was also a possibility that the board will vote on a new sending contract with Pinkerton Academy to make it the district's anchor school for its roughly 650 high school students.

Negotiations with Pinkerton on a high school sending contract that would start next year were thought dead after Superintendent Charles Littlefield announced two "deal breaker" problems had arisen during negotiations. However, Pinkerton revised the contract to address one of the issues, leading to hope that a contract starting next year can be reached in time.

Board Vice Chairman David Pearl said that while there is a good chance the board will vote for the MOUs, he still has concern about them.

"I am concerned on voting for MOUs when we don't have a policy in place to control the numbers that are stated in the agreements, and currently we don't," Pearl said.

Pearl also said that he would not vote for a Pinkerton contract that dictated a certain number or percentage of Hooksett students must attend Pinkerton.

Unlike the high school sending contract being negotiated with Pinkerton, any MOU agreement would not have to be a minimum of 10 years and would not have to be approved by residents in a warrant article.

Any agreement with Pinkerton would establish the school as the district's anchor school, a term coined by the board to mean that all of the district's students could attend, while schools with an MOU agreement would be referred to as satellite schools.

If an agreement with Pinkerton that starts next year is reached, it would have to be approved by residents in March and the school boards of all the districts that have sending contracts with Pinkerton.

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Cawley Middle School media center

bklein@newstote.com


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