Hooksett school board workshop cancelled after two members leave
Friction among Hooksett school officials has increased over the past several months and the board has been unable to move forward with a slate of issues including scheduling a community meeting to discuss the town’s high school contract with Manchester and filling the empty seat on the board.
After Pearl and Lyscars left, Korkosz, who apparently knew ahead of time what to expect, said she was advised by the board’s attorney to wait until 5 p.m. and then cancel the meeting due to the lack of a quorum. Korkosz began chatting with school board member Cheryl Akstin and Superintendent Charles Littlefield as they waited for the clock to tick down.
O’Hara asked the Korkosz and Akstin if they had any plans or ideas on how to solve the board’s problems.
O’Hara, who is one of four candidates vying for the vacant school board seat, said Hooksett’s school schools and students are facing some significant challenges.
“We are getting children coming out of the eighth grade who are phenomenal,” said O’Hara. “Why don’t we work to make their next step phenomenal?”
“Everyone has the same goals,” she said. “Everyone cares about our children. You have to forget about what happened in the past and focus on the children.”
Littlefield said it would take some work to mend the fractured board.
“It’s difficult to do the public’s business in public,” he said adding that it would require time, trust and a willingness on the part of all board members to resolve their problems and move forward.
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