Hooksett board wants to hear from residents on failed Pinkerton deal
The board will host a public forum at Cawley Middle School at 7 p.m. Monday. Superintendent Charles Littlefield said all citizens, parents or not, are encouraged to attend.
The other suggestion entailed providing a number of boxes with various factors why the electorate may have voted against the deal and allowing voters to drop anonymous tickets in the boxes they felt best represented their reasoning
“Citizens will be able to address the board on the reasons they voted one way or another, but the board is also going to provide a comment box for people to submit an unsigned written statement as to why they voted the way they did,” said Littlefield.
“I believe that the forum is simply a way to engage the Hooksett citizens before the board makes any major decisions regarding high schools,” he said. “Last year, public forums like this were canceled or postponed until after major decisions were made, which is not how a representative government should work with its citizens.”
The forum, added Littlefield, is one big piece of a much larger puzzle in determining the future for Hooksett high school students.
Many options are still on the table, including an extension to the current Pinkerton tuition agreement; another long-term contract proposal with Pinkerton Academy or Manchester; building a high school in Hooksett; and/or providing open choice for Hooksett students through a handful of memorandums of understanding with other districts, such as Manchester, Derry, Londonderry, Bow and Pembroke.
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