Arbitration delay could cost Perkins Schools

PERKINS TWP. Perkins Schools is holding its breath over an arbitration ruling expected but not recei
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Perkins Schools is holding its breath over an arbitration ruling expected but not received Tuesday.

The arbiter is deciding what are fair wages and insurance premiums for Perkins teachers.

The school board has reason to be anxious, too.

The deadline to file to put a levy on the August ballot is May 24 and the ruling directly impacts two of the district's most expensive budget items.

The teachers union and school board agreed to go to binding arbitration to end the strike in September, however, the overall process has been long and arduous.

To firm up plans to be on the August special election ballot with a general operating levy, the board wants the ruling to determine just how much the decision will cost the district.

With numbers in hand, district Treasurer Lisa Crescimano can fine-tune the district's financial forecast including two of its largest expenses -- payroll and health care --to know just what millage the district should put on the ballot.

"We don't want to go to voters until we absolutely have to," said Brian Printy, board president.

The district also doesn't want to put a higher millage on the ballot than what is absolutely necessary, he said.

The board had hoped to make its decision Friday morning, but has delayed its meeting until 6 p.m. Monday in hopes that the decision is in the mail and they will be able to do the math next Thursday and Friday.