Hooksett voters will be asked if they want to consider leaving SAU 15
“Speaking as a private citizen and not as a School Board member, I have supported this warrant article before. And this warrant article is to study the idea. It’s not to separate,” Pearl said.
“My personal view has been that there is a size discrepancy between us, Candia and Auburn. Right now we pay 60 percent of all SAU costs, which is about a million dollars a year. And I think it would be a positive to have our own superintendent and staff, to get that kind of direct attention,” Pearl said.School Board Chairman Trisha Korkosz said she disagrees with the initiative, and said the reason it was put forward is due to control.“This is about control; it’s not about what is best for our kids. This is coming up because Pearl and his entourage can’t control Dr. Littlefield, and I don’t want a superintendent in the control of a small faction or one board member,” Korkosz said.She added that being in a SAU with Auburn and Candia is a benefit to students from all three districts.
Pearl said that when he was a part of the committee exploring the issue in 2006, the committee recommended separating, but was told by the state they couldn’t put it on the ballot for voter consideration.
Pearl was adamant that his support of exploring separating from Candia and Auburn has nothing to do with trying to control the superintendent.
“After that, if the committee recommends separation, the Department of Education would have a hearing to determine if the matter can be put to residents for a vote. If that is then approved, Hooksett would be separated from SAU 15 within a year,” Pearl said.