Committee formed to promote school sending pact with Pinkerton
HOOKSETT — Now that incoming freshmen have chosen their high schools for next year, the board chairman said the focus will now shift to ensuring that the proposed 10-year high school sending contract with Pinkerton Academy gets approved by voters in March.
“I am cautiously optimistic that the contract will pass. I believe that once the entire community gets the information that our current eighth grade parents have about the opportunities at Pinkerton the community will approve this contract because it is in everyone’s best interest,” Trisha Korkosz said.
The school board recently voted to create the High School Warrant Article Committee, which includes members of the community, administration and board.
“This committee is going to help us come up with a plan as to how best to communicate with the community that the contract with Pinkerton is the best way to go,” Korkosz said.
The committee, which was created months ago, but had most of its members approved at Tuesday night’s board meeting, will have its first official meeting Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Cawley Middle School.
Committee members include Superintendent Charles Littlefield, board members Cheryl Akstin and Phil Denbow and community members Stacie Berry and Tracey Bolduc. As an official committee, Korkosz said that meetings will have to be posted and minutes taken.
At the time of the committee’s creation, Korkosz said she modeled it after a similar effort that was used in Auburn when they were in the process of trying to get a contract with Pinkerton approved by voters.
Korkosz said the committee is important because there has been disinformation put out in the community about the contract by a dedicated group of residents dead-set against the contract.
Board member John Lyscars has been vociferous in his opposition to the contract with Pinkerton due to enrollment restrictions included in the contract. Recently Lyscars has been using social media to trumpet an online petition asking the school board to vote to reverse the Pinkerton contract that as of Friday afternoon had 214 signatures.
Board Vice-chairman David Pearl, who voted against the contract, said he is taking an even- keeled approach to the upcoming vote.
“I have no prediction, I wouldn’t bet on it one way or the other. It’s up to the voters now, the school board has done its job, now it’s (the voters) turn to decide,” Pearl said.