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April 16. 2014 10:44PM

Pinkerton opens door on extension to Hooksett pact

HOOKSETT — At the school board's request, Superintendent Charles Littlefield recently reached out to Pinkerton Academy to gauge the interest of high school officials in extending the current one-year tuition agreement, which applies to current Hooksett eighth graders, for another year.

Last week, members of Pinkerton's Board of Trustees met and decided they'd be agreeable to such an accord.

“Pinkerton trustees appreciate that the Hooksett School Board is diligently researching long-term options for its high school students,” said Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson. “We feel it is reasonable to continue for one more year the enrollment agreement put in place for next year, 2014-15. This would allow current seventh-grade Hooksett students the opportunity to attend Pinkerton.”

Littlefield said there has been no firm commitment to the deal, but said he was pleased to hear the Pinkerton trustees were open to the possibility of an extension.

“There’s a willingness on both sides to investigate it,” said Littlefield.

"I think it’s premature to say its something we should do or should not do, but I think the (school) board is very deliberately working toward the development of a high school plan in a step-by-step manner, and I think they need to have on the table all the possibilities needed to have included in that plan."Littlefield said he expects the school board to discuss the issue at greater length at the upcoming public forum regarding the Pinkerton vote on Monday and at its next meeting, which is scheduled for May 6.The ongoing discussions, including the upcoming forum, stem from Hooksett’s rejection of a 10-year contract with Pinkerton at the March 11 school district election.

Littlefield said the school board has yet to discount any potential options in terms of Hooksett’s high school future.

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