Hooksett School Board members continue to battle
HOOKSETT — Despite a 10-year sending contract with Pinkerton Academy being approved after months of negotiations and tense discussions, infighting among Hooksett School Board members has become even more intense.
Board members David Pearl and Trisha Korkosz have accused one another of being disingenuous with the media while board member David Lyscars has repeatedly called out board member Phil Denbow on social media while pledging to do everything he can to inhibit the contract.
"We're all responsible for our own actions," Korkosz said.
Now that the contract has been approved by the School Board, it will need to be approved by Hooksett residents in a warrant article in March for it to be finalized.
Lyscars has ramped up his efforts to try to derail the contract, which he said he opposes on the grounds of enrollment restrictions and not educationally, by calling on residents to create a survey against the contract while at the same time saying he will not make any motions regarding the execution of the contract.
Lyscars, who recently had multiple outbursts during the Dec. 17 School Board meeting during which the Pinkerton contract was approved, said he has no plans on curbing his behavior, however, and, if necessary, will do the same thing again.
"I know my methods are a little, maybe a lot out of the norm, but sometimes you have to do that to wake people up," Lyscars said.
Korkosz has said that Lyscars' behavior has become progressively worse, both online and during meetings.
"I am very disappointed in his behavior," Korkosz said.
The School Board also recently voted to strip Lyscars of his email address in a 3-2 vote, with Pearl and Lyscars voting against, due to his sending mass emails to Manchester, Pinkerton and Hooksett officials that Korkosz has said did not reflect the will of the board.
Pearl, who along with Lyscars voted against the contract, was mindful of the School Board policy that states board members must support all board decisions once they are made and would not say whether he opposes the contract.
"At this point I am not saying I don't support the contract, I didn't vote for it, but its been voted on by the board so I will attempt to implement it correctly," Pearl said. "I am taking a more clinical view of this at this point. I am not going to stand in the way of having the contract implemented, and I don't think it matters at this point as it's now up to the voters."
However, Pearl has accused Korkosz of lying or misleading the media, and pointed to the Dec. 17 meeting as a prime example. He said that when Korkosz and the rest of the School Board failed to address how to assign students to Pinkerton if the minimum 75 incoming freshman don't sign up, Korkosz didn't mention the snowstorm going on at the time as a reason why it wasn't discussed.
However Korkosz said prior to the meeting and at the beginning of the meeting that the weather was a concern, and as such the meeting would be streamlined.
Pearl has also accused Korkosz of not communicating with him, and lamented that his best recourse for getting a response from her is by communicating through the press.
"I would say to that don't hang up on me when I call you," Korkosz said. "I called (Pearl and Lyscars) on Friday and they both hung up on me."