Hooksett confident contract to send students to Pinkerton doesn't violate Manchester settlement
"This agreement will not prevent us from negotiating with Manchester in good faith. Moving forward, we could negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with Manchester," Korkosz said.
"The letter said that we are in breach because we didn't give them an estimate on how many incoming freshman will be attending next year. That is a matter of debate; we feel our superintendent did give their superintendent an estimate. Also, they were made well-aware of the situation with the incoming freshmen," Korkosz said.
"I am no lawyer, but I feel comfortable in saying that what happened (Tuesday night), I take it the same way as Manchester. I think there was some trust established in the settlement, a way to look forward, and I think Manchester will look at that settlement and see a restrictive contract with Pinkerton is not a good-faith negotiation," Lyscars said.
"We should have addressed this in August. I think that Manchester has a valid point that they were not provided with an estimate, and I think the language that is in the settlement should have had much more definition," Pearl said.
Before the contract can take effect, it must go before the Pinkerton Board of Trustees as well as Hooksett voters in March. Korkosz said district lawyers are expected to write the warrant article by Jan. 7.
If voters reject the contract, Manchester will remain the school of record, board members have said.
Pearl also said he would have liked to have seen the board work create a definitive process for how students apply for assignment to a school that is not Pinkerton and was disappointed that it didn't happen.
When discussing the contract before the meeting Tuesday night, Hooksett Superintendent Charles Littlefield said a minimum of 75 percent of students per class would need to attend Pinkerton for the first five years of the deal. According to a copy of the contract obtained by the New Hampshire Union Leader, the number is actually 75 students per class, not 75 percent.
"It is imperative that we organize and distribute accurate information to the voters," Yvonne Preston wrote on the Hooksett Banner facebook.com page. "It is unfortunate, but after the display from a school board member last night at the meeting, we will probably see a lot of inaccurate information to instill fear with the voters. It is time for the Hooksett community to come together for the future of our kids and our town."
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