Manchester Mayor: Hooksett needs to be wooed by city
At Monday’s school board meeting, Gatsas called on Superintendent Debra Livingston, as well as fellow board members, to tout the benefits of Manchester high schools, where Hooksett has sent its students for more than a century.
The new contract must still be approved by Hooksett voters. Gatsas and other school officials have noted that many parents are likely to be wary of sending their kids to Derry and severing the relationship with Manchester.
22 building projects
In other business Monday, the school board voted to send its Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) — a list of 22 building projects that total
The board had finalized the list in November, but Mayor Gatsas objected to sending the aldermen the entire list of projects.
Before the vote Monday, Gatsas reiterated his concerns that the list was impractical and too costly. He noted that just the top item on the list — enclosing classrooms with partial walls at Beech Street and Webster elementary schools — would cost more than $4 million.
“The full list is even deeper than $22 million. These are highest-priority items,” Ward 10 board member John Avard said. “Never in history have (the aldermen) approved the whole list, but if we’re lucky, they’ll get to the first few down.”
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