Hooksett committee begins work to sell voters on Pinkerton contract
Committee members proposed setting up a breakfast for senior citizens to tell them about the pact, preparing a presentation for the Feb. 7 deliberative session, and helping with the Feb. 12 informational night. Discussion also centered on how to craft the district's message and what demographics to target.
To convince voters about the merits of the Pinkerton contract, Denbow said the district will have to demonstrate that Pinkerton represents a lower cost compared to the Manchester School District.
"We need to hype up the cost savings on maintenance costs with Manchester; it's cheaper to go to Pinkerton than to stay at Manchester," Preston said.
Superintendent Charles Littlefield said that with Manchester tuition rising to $10,200 combined with capital costs of roughly $800,000, the true cost per student of going to Manchester next year would be about $11,400, which is less than the $10,800 tuition at Pinkerton.
Denbow added that if residents approve the contract, at the end of the school year, Hooksett, along with all sending districts, will get a rebate on the difference at the end of next year.
"The numbers (for the contract) are going to be big, and the objective people who educate themselves about it will like it. But there are going to be all kinds of online stuff saying it's more expensive, and that's not true," Denbow said.
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