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Perkins Schools to review priorities

Alissa Widman Neese • Feb 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Perkins Schools officials plan to reexamine their proposal to restore district programs with a successful May tax levy.

They and board members will meet 7 a.m. Feb. 22 for a work session, to discuss repurposing their restoration list to better reflect the community’s desires.

They plan to reveal the final, possibly altered list at next month’s meeting.

“We’re going to re-evaluate the priority list, based on the public feedback we received last month,” superintendent Jim Gunner said Wednesday.

Perkins Schools is proposing a 10-year, 3.95-mill levy on the May 6 ballot.

If approved, the levy would generate $1.68 million annually for day-to-day operations, enough to stabilize the district’s budget for the next five years. It would also provide enough funds to reinstate a moderate amount of programming eliminated this past year to balance a dwindling budget.

A successful levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $138 in taxes each year.

Board members revealed a list of proposed program restorations at series of public meetings in January, ranked in order of priority.

A 3.95-mill levy isn’t large enough to restore the entire list, but it could reinstate more than half of it, Gunner said.

In January, some community members said certain items were too low on the priority list, specifically reducing student pay-to-participate fees and completely restoring elementary art and music programming.

At their Wednesday meeting, board members also agreed to sell a small strip of land on Bogart Road, near the district’s old board of education building, to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The district received $2,502 for the property, which is about 810 square feet.

The department plans to widen Bogart Road near its intersection with U.S. 250, to provide three turn lanes, treasurer Lisa Crescimano said. Construction is expected to start this summer and be completed before next school year.

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