Hooksett continues to discuss high school plans
"We look forward to hearing formally from the Hooksett School District about its high school plans," said Mary Anderson, headmaster at Pinkerton Academy. "The Board of Trustees will discuss options when they've been presented to us."
"I am delighted and honored to work with them in any way shape or form to rebuild our relationship," she said. "I think we can have outstanding discussion for the benefit of the Hooksett children, who have really always been our children as well."
"My hope is that Hooksett and Candia can feel that Manchester is their school district," she said. "We're a district on the move and we are really working to build children's aspirations, and I'm very hopeful we can do this together."
Former Hooksett School District Moderator Dave Hess, a state representative, was first in a long stream of resident who stepped to the microphone for public comment. He asked that board members disabuse Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas' sentiment that the March 11 vote was a nod of support to Queen City high schools.
Kara Salvas agreed with Hess' focus group idea and also suggested the district poll current fifth, sixth and seventh graders as to their high school preference. In addition, she encouraged the school board to work to extend the Pinkerton enrollment agreement for current seventh graders.
While several others echoed that sentiment, others, like Tom Coty and Jason Hyde, preached patience and due diligence.
"Take your time to figure it out ... it's important you don't rush into these things again," said Coty. "What you've been doing the last year and a half brought us to this point. You've put us into a lot of money situations the town shouldn't be in right now. You've raised taxes $2 million this year, and you can't keep doing things like that and expecting Hooksett to pay for it. You are accountable to the taxpayer."
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