Pinkerton Enrollment, Expenses Presented to School Board

HAMPSTEAD – Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson presented the Hampstead School Board with highlights of a PowerPoint from Pinkerton Academy on enrollment, tuition, and programming.
Wilson said she had learned from Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson that enrollment revenues affect the school in terms of the services it can provide.

Wilson said Anderson told her a contract had been sent to Hooksett but that it has not been acted upon. Were Hooksett to accept the contract and become the Derry semi-private high school’s fifth sending town, that would provide the stabilization Pinkerton needs in terms of enrollment revenue so as to avoid dropping courses and services. The current sending towns are Derry, Hampstead, Chester and Auburn.
Wilson said Pinkerton offers over 300 different courses and myriad extra-curricula opportunities.
The presentation noted that Pinkerton enrollment has been declining since 2005, when it stood at 3,411 students. For 2013-14 it has 3,013 students, a drop of 424. Projections going forward show a potential loss of 252 students in 2015-16.
The per-pupil cost for Pinkerton students has been and remains below the state average, historically 30 percent lower than the state average and among the lowest in the state. Enrollment of 50 fewer students would have only a minimal impact but in the case of 100 fewer students, expenses would have to be reduced, coming in the form of staff reduction to offset the revenue loss.
“Key for the most opportunities for all students is stable enrollment and that provides the best control of program, opportunity and tuition costs for taxpayers, parents and families,” the presentation from Pinkerton concluded.
In other business at the Tuesday, Nov. 26 School Board meeting, Superintendent Earl Metzler introduced the three winning essays written by students in grades 2, 5, and 7 as a way to recognize National Education Week. He introduced each youngster to the School Board and the students read their essays.
Marley Wisecarver, grade 2, wrote about leadership; Joe Aiello, grade 5, wrote about scholarship, and Molly MacDonald, grade 7, wrote on character and service. Each student received a certificate from Metzler after they read their essay.
The School Board gave the youngsters a round of applause.

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