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December 26. 2013 9:30PM

Meetings will detail Hooksett high school selection process

HOOKSETT — Superintendent Charles Littlefield has distributed a letter to parents saying that on Jan. 9 and 13 the district will have presentations detailing the process families will have to undertake to select a high school.

“I think it is wonderful what Dr. Littlefield is doing. It is what eighth-grade parents need to know. ... And I am sure that when eighth grade starts to settle we will have more meetings for subsequent classes,” School Board Chairman Trisha Korkosz said.

The School Board did not set the criteria on Dec. 17 when it approved a 10-year sending contract with Pinkerton Academy and a one-year enrollment agreement with Pinkerton should the contract fail to pass on a warrant article in March. Both agreements call for a minimum of 75 students from next year’s freshman class to attend Pinkerton next year.

“Well I think that is a necessary part of the process, we need to inform parents what we are going to do, and how we are going to do it,” School Board member David Pearl said.

Along with Pinkerton, Hooksett has sending agreements with the Manchester, Bow and Londonderry school districts and is trying to finalize another one with Pembroke.

In the letter sent to parents, it states, “Superintendent, Dr. Littlefield and Principal, Matthew Benson will clearly outline the process for selecting a high school. In addition, parents will complete a high school selection form.”

Pearl has expressed frustration that a process wasn’t established on Dec. 17 that would figure out which freshmen would have to attend Pinkerton should 75 students not sign up, and said he was disappointed that two motions he made to try to establish a process failed that night.

Korkosz has previously said that the matter wasn’t discussed due to a snow storm that night, and that it will be taken up early in 2014.

That did not sit well with Pearl, who has called that statement by Korkosz disingenuous, and said that when he made his motions on Dec. 17, Korkosz did not mention the snowstorm.

“It’s a concern that they want to put this off. It frustrates me when they kick the can down the road and then make inconsistent statements after the meeting,” Pearl said. “(What Korkosz said) is inconsistent with what happened at the meeting. I don’t think her statements are correct.”
Before the meeting on Dec. 17, Korkosz said she was going to streamline the meeting to get people back on the road as quickly as possible, and again mentioned the storm at the beginning of the meeting when the School Board voted to push the Pinkerton issue to the top of the agenda.

Both Pearl and Korkosz said that the criteria would be discussed at the next meeting on Jan. 7, but disagreed as to why.

“It is on the next agenda, only because I asked for it to be, not because she asked for it to be on the next agenda,” Pearl said.

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