Progress reported in Pinkerton-Hooksett high school deal
"I hope that a contract is ready for the board to vote on the 17th," Hooksett School Superintendent Charles Littlefield said Tuesday.
Pinkerton had stipulated that at least 75 students per class attend Pinkerton for the first four years of the contract. Monday night, Pinkerton agreed to extend that period to five years. For the remaining years of the contract, 10 percent of each class would be allowed to attend other high schools.
During the meeting, Hooksett board members John Lyscars and David Pearl said the 10 percent rule is difficult for many in the community to accept. Pearl asked if Pinkerton would be willing to deviate from the 10 percent.
The two parties have until the second week of January to agree to a contract so that it can be placed on a warrant article for voter approval in March. If the changes can be made and the contract is approved by the school board, Korkosz said she is confident a warrant article could be ready for voters in March.
"Going by what I have been told, we have heard loud and clear that residents want a decision," he said. "At first when this joint meeting was proposed, I was not thrilled with it, but then I started to think, well at least Monday night we will have that closure for the parents, like it or not. And that did not happen. I can only imagine this will increase parents' frustration, because this is not closure."
Union Leader Correspondent Ben Klein contributed to this report.