HOOKSETT— The Hooksett School Board has expanded to seven members and all parties agree the upcoming year presents many challenges, chief among them, determining the future for Hooksett high school students.
Of the five board members that brought the failed Pinkerton Academy contract to voters, two remain. And those two elected officials, David Pearl and John Lyscars, were often in the minority when it came to establishing Pinkerton as the district’s anchor school.
Of the other three previous board members, Cheryl Akstin chose not to run for reelection, and Phil Denbow and chairman Trisha Korkosz were both defeated Tuesday.
Town Councilors James Sullivan and Todd Lizotte have assumed two of the remaining seats.
“We need to get the board back on track working together, being open and professional,” said Sullivan, who served on the school board from 2000-’12. “We need to restore confidence.”
Sullivan, with 1,020 votes, joined Mike Berry and Amy Boilard, with 832 and 684 votes, respectively, as the candidates elected for the board’s three open three-year positions.
Lizotte defeated Yvonne Preston by 935-652 or a two-year spot, and Joanne McHigh defeated incumbent Phil Denbow for the one-year seat.
“I think Joanne is a very nice lady, very rational, and she’s served on the board before,” said Denbow. “I’ve said I would be fine if she won or I won, so I’m very happy for her, and this will allow me to spend more time with my son.”
Though she said she was disappointed with the result, Korkosz, like Denbow, expressed a level of relief.
“I did the very best I could for this community ...,” said Korkosz. “My kids just got their mother back.
Once the results were announced Tuesday, Lyscars released a statement congratulating the winners and thanking those who lost.
“Successfully elected or not, I thank all of the citizens who ran for office showing that they were ready to step up for their community,” he said. “Americans have served our country and sacrificed greatly to allow us all to vote, and Hooksett is blessed to have so many volunteers for our polling station to ensure our votes count.”