Hooksett school budget increase of $2 million to be discussed
The proposed budget is about $2 million more than the current budget. The increase is attributed in large part to the 10-year contract the Hooksett board signed to send students to Pinkerton Academy next year. That contract needs voter approval in March before it can go into effect.
Hooksett has been sending its high school students to Manchester, but agreed to pay Manchester $200,000 for an early termination of that contract.
"The meeting is for that afternoon, because afterwards the committee is going to have a meeting that will be its last chance to go over our budget before it goes to the residents," Korkosz said.
This board is spending money as if it is their own, which I object to. We did not hold proper negotiations and as a result, we are not representing our residents," said John Lyscars, a board member.
"(Pinkerton's tuition) is a very comparable tuition to other districts in the area. It's a $500 increase over Manchester, but that cost is worth it to send the students to Pinkerton," Korkosz said.
"I think the budget increase is due to poor planning.
"This whole year has been poor planning. The process has failed, and now we are making decisions at the last minute without accounting for where the money is going. Even if we need to spend it, we should have had solid planning for these things," Pearl said.
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