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November 28, 2013

More Hooksett students to become Lancers

Officials would welcome more tuition revenue

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Pinkerton already contracts with four sending towns — Derry, Chester, Hampstead and Auburn. That school’s enrollment stands at about 3,050 students.

Londonderry’s potential memorandum agreement, unlike a sending town contract, would not have any state-mandated time frame attached.

Greenberg said bringing in more Hooksett students would not impact the school district’s staffing or programming at this time.

“We’re doing it without any added costs to us,” he said.

Greenberg said this is a good way to help boost declining enrollment and offer some relief to taxpayers and the school district.

Right now, the high school is at about 1,626 students. Next year’s projected enrollment drops to about 1,611.

“We looked at creative ways to increase our revenues,” he said. “This was a pretty good place to look.”

The Hooksett students already coming to Londonderry are a good fit.

“There are no problems whatsoever,” Greenberg said. “Once a kid walks in the door, they are a member of Lancer Nation. I think it’s worked out very well and we’d love to have more Hooksett students.

The Hooksett School Board held a public hearing last week and is scheduled to vote on the agreement Dec. 3.

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