Candia members join Pinkerton Academy board of trusteesBy RYAN LESSARD
Union Leader Correspondent
June 01. 2018 10:03PM
DERRY — Ahead of a new sending arrangement with Pinkerton Academy, representatives from Candia joined the school’s board of trustees in their first meeting.
Interim Headmaster Tim Powers said the two new Candia trustees were introduced at the last quarterly meeting on Tuesday. They are Dr. Sandra Truebe and Candia Selectman Mark Laliberte.
Truebe is a primary care pediatrician with Doctors Park Pediatrics in Manchester and Laliberte is a business resource specialist with the state Department of Business and Economic Affairs. Laliberte was previously a policy adviser to former First District Congressman Frank Guinta when he was mayor of Manchester and a speech writer for former Gov. Craig Benson.
“We met and shared some information with our sending towns about things that have happened … just how the school year has been,” Powers said.
There were also presentations by one student from each of the six sending towns: Derry, Chester, Hampstead, Auburn, Hooksett and now Candia.
This fall, Candia will begin sending high school students to the high school under a new arrangement.
School Administrative Unit 15, which includes Candia, Auburn and Hooksett, reports they estimate 43 high school students will be attending Pinkerton as freshmen in the fall.
There are already 28 freshmen, 21 sophomores, 14 juniors and six seniors from Candia attending Pinkerton through individual student arrangements in which parents pay the tuition directly.
About seven years ago, Pinkerton Academy laid off a handful of teachers due to declining enrollment. That was before the school began receiving high school students from Auburn and Hooksett.
Auburn, Hooksett and Candia previously sent their students to the Manchester School District but they pulled out of their contracts in recent years because of overcrowded classrooms and other issues related to school funding.
“We’re in good shape. We’re in a good position,” he said of the school’s finances.