Hooksett official says school discussions are above board
Hooksett superintendent Charles Littlefield said he is confident his discussions are within the boundaries called for in the settlement reached this summer when Hooksett dropped a breach of conduct allegation in return for Manchester calling off a lawsuit it had filed.
While Hooksett students could still attend Manchester high schools, Littlefield said he is working on an agreement to provide other options.
Littlefield said a preliminary plan would use Pinkerton Academy in Derry as the "anchor" school for Hooksett students, who would also have the option of attending classes in Bow, Pembroke, Londonderry and Manchester.
The settlement calls for Manchester schools to remain an option through 2018, when incoming freshmen next fall will be seniors, and the two districts agreed negotiations on an extension could begin on or before June 30, 2016.
He plans to bring up the matter when the Manchester school board meets Oct. 16.
"The students that I've talked to are very happy being here in Manchester," Gatsas said. "We'll bring it up and have a conversation about it and see what direction the board wants to go with it."
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