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Pinkerton budget increases 3 percent

Union Leader Correspondent

November 27. 2012 10:34PM

DERRY - Pinkerton Academy has set a budget for the 2013-14 school year that is nearly 3 percent over the budget for the current year.

The tuition for regular education students at the school will be $10,292.49 for the coming school year, or 2.76 percent over the current tuition, an increase of $276.20 per student.

The Pinkerton board of trustees has set the overall budget for 2013-14 at $36,492,484, an increase of $1,058,959 over the current year's budget, according to Pinkerton Public Relations Director Chip Underhill.

Tuition for the current budget is based on a regular education enrollment of 3,060 students with projected enrollment for 2013-14 anticipated to rise by 10 students to 3,070.

"The trustees of Pinkerton look to balance the needs of taxpayers and students," said James Mulrennen, treasurer at Pinkerton Academy. "Our cost-per-student is low when compared to the state average, yet we do our utmost to maintain curriculum and facilities that deliver choice and a continued high quality education."

In 2013-14, Pinkerton will add one full-time science teacher, a full-time behavior specialist and offer one new program, cosmetology, which will require one new full-time instructor, according to Underhill.

There will also be the addition of four part-time positions at the high school, two in the directed study hall, one in culinary arts, and a Career and Technical Education aide.

In addition to the new staff, Underhill said there will be three new courses offered with instruction by existing faculty: senior math, advanced placement studio art, and strings.

Tuition at Pinkerton Academy is set by dividing the budget for an academic year by the projected number of students from partner school districts and other communities for that year. For 2013-14, Derry is expected to decrease 93 students from an estimated 2,068 students for 2012-13 to an estimated 1,975 students in 2013-14. Hampstead is projected to decrease 15 students from an estimated 473 students for 2012-13 to an estimated 458 students in 2013-14. Chester is expected to increase 10 students from an estimated 340 students for 2012-13 to an estimated to 350 students in 2013-14. A projected 236 new students will attend from Auburn.

Chester, Derry, and Hampstead are served by Pinkerton in a long-term contractual arrangement. In the fall of 2013, Auburn will send its students to Pinkerton in a new long-term contractual arrangement.

Pinkerton may also accept up to 75 students from other communities unless the districts approve any request from Pinkerton to accept a greater number of out-of-district students, according to Underhill.

Tuition rates also have been set for special education students in the three programs provided at Pinkerton. Special education enrollment is projected at 515 students. Tuition for the resource program is $6,601.72, a 2.33 percent increase of $150.55. Tuition for the Pinkerton Academy Special Services for Educational Success (PASSES) program is $17,242.67, an increase of $1,444.42 or 9.14 percent, due to a projected decrease of three students in PASSES, according to Underhill. Alternative Comprehensive Training (ACT) tuition is $22,476.76, an increase of $2,233.96 or 11.04 percent, due to a projected decrease of two students in ACT.

"In creating a new budget, Pinkerton justifies each expense and revenue line item and follows a zero-base budget process," said Pinkerton Academy Headmaster Mary Anderson. "We recognize our fiduciary responsibility to residents of our partner school districts as well as our academic commitment to students."

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