VIDEO: Special meeting of Perkins Board of Education

Pending cuts to teachers, staffing listed during public meeting.
Jason Werling
Feb 19, 2013

 

Superintendent Jim Gunner listed what positions the district will have to reduce following approval of the school board in March. The pending cuts are regardless of the passage or failure of the upcoming levy and could be reduced through retirements.

The pending cuts for each school and district positions begins 7 minutes into the video. Click on the player to the right to watch the meeting.

Click HERE for a video of what could be cut should the levy fail in March

Comments

Perkins2060

So the cuts will happen regardless if the levy passes or fails? Vote NO!

Perkins2060

Gunner is going to cut teachers and staff regardless if the levy passes. We have all this money from open enrollment. Why should we pass a levy? Now we are going to have all these open enrollment kids with less teachers and less staff. What a joke!

PerkinsVoter

So be it if cuts are made regardless if the levy passes or fails. Why bother even having this meeting if cuts are going to be made if the levy passes I am not even going to waste my time watching the video and watching blow hard Gunner. My school taxes already increased $400 since last year and I vote NO. I still remember that teacher strike and how they acted like goons. Let them strike if they want to.

Trustafarian

Here is what Perkins payed out in salaries in 2011:
http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/...

donutshopguy

I was told by administration that through open enrollment all the grades were filled to capacity. If that was true, how can the district cut teachers at the elementary, middle and high school?

I guess filled doesn't really mean filled?

And by the way, who is going to pay for the mandatory preschool for all 4 year olds deemed necessary by our President?

VoteYES

Class sizes are full, do you have a child in the elementary level! This will affect are students!!!!

Darkhorse

Too bad Perkins does not have a 75% rental, they could get any levy passed as it would be a slam dunk, no contest, passed.

Pirate2007

@Perkins2060
What is your problem? Why do you not want it to pass? Do you understand what is going to happen if it does not?

fedup11

If Perkins2060 has a problem because he/she is voting NO, then I also have a problem along with a lot of people I have talked to....get a clue

Pirate2007

Why do you choose no? really is that what you want for perkins?

fifteenthgreen

Good job with the necessary budget cuts. Didn't hear of any cuts that would truly hinder a child from attaining their diploma. Now keep going and you should reach your end goal of a balanced budget without receiving any additional funds from the taxpayers. Good work!

Azure Ray

Cutting teachers and activities will greatly influence student behavior, which in turn could very well hinder them from graduation. Students of all ages require much more support in the school than ever, as the support systems from students' homes becomes more weak. Teachers don't just throw reading, writing, and arithmetic at kids - they act as counselors, advocates, tutors, and role models for students who don't have that kind of support on the home front. By cutting positions, you will be throwing more work at teachers and increasing the number of students in the classroom. (Some of you seem like teachers deserve to work more, but whatever). I personally have many friends and family members who teach, and can tell you that they put their heart and soul into that career and they care very much about their students. Someone has to show our kids how to be responsible and productive members of society, and that is something that is expected out of teachers today. Would you want your surgeon to overbooked with patients before your operation? You may not see the parallels, but teachers are with these kids each and every day and have a huge impact on them. When there is no time (or energy) for teachers to work with their students individually, the children are the ones who will be hurt in the long run.

oldpirate

I feel very sad for all of your pain .

donutshopguy

Pirate2007,

Lets see if I can explain what is going to happen. The BOE will build a new school without public vote. There will be no operating funds to support the new school.

Sounds like the same predicament the township has put itself into.

Pirate2007

donutshopguy,

I know what is going on. But obviously most people don't! If they dont pass the operating levy Perkins will loose everything except the bare minimum. Is that what you want? Perkins to loose everything? I would hope not!

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BW1

If that's what it takes to stop this new building boondoggle, then so be it.
All they have to do is abandon servicing Gunner's edifice complex and the problem will be solved.

VoteYES

The district needs a new building! It's cheaper to build then to repair get informed!

Pirate2007

donutshopguy,

I know what is going on. But obviously most people don't! If they dont pass the operating levy Perkins will loose everything except the bare minimum. Is that what you want? Perkins to loose everything? I would hope not!

Perkins2060

Loose everything? I don't get it.

Pirate2007

If you watch the video. There is two rounds of cuts.
The first round will happen no matter what happens with the levy, but the second round only happens if the levy fails and included in the second round is sports, elective classes, band, and many more extras offered to the student at PHS. How do you think that will impact students at PHS if this levy doesn't pass?

sanduskymom

Pirate2007 - can you please explain to us why it is the community's responsibility to fund sprots and "extras?" Enough is enough! It is our responsibility to provide an education...not the extras. Sorry, but if your parents want you to have sports, band, theatre, etc., there are plenty of other ways for students to obtain those experiences without taxpayers having to fund it.

Perkins2060

Don't forget the Perkins Property Owners are also paying for the open enrollment students extras.

VoteYES

Do you understand open enrollment gives us money! More money then you pay!

Pirate2007

We do pay to play we have activity fees and we pay for everything we are involved in get your facts right next time

Perkins2060

Then cut the extras and focus on education!

sanduskymom

Paying an activity fee is much different than funding a program. I suggest you check your facts. Are the activity fees just a supplement, or do they completely fund the programs? What do you pay....$250 or so a year? I think you'll find that those fees offset a small fraction of the total cost of those extra programs. And, quite frankly, I personally believe those "extra" programs have become a distraction to what is really important - which are academics. I'll bet most kids will spend hours and hours practicing for their favorite sport, but very little extra time on their coursework. It's one of the reasons we're falling behind the rest of the world. In other countries, sports happen at the club level and not in high school. We are funding and placing unwarranted priority on something that is not necessary to our society's future.

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BW1

Not the whole cost.

Perkins2060

I don't understand the loose part.

Pirate2007

i ment lose not loose

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BW1

and meant, not ment? Are you perhaps a PHS grad?

Perkins2060

We're all tapped out. Pay to play then. Vote NO!

Pirate2007

We do PAY TO PLAY!

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BW1

not the whole cost

themomx6

[quote]Pirate2007
Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:19am

We do PAY TO PLAY![/quote]

If you already pay to play, then why would they need to cut sports?? That makes no sense! Besides, the school makes money from those sports. Why would they cut a money maker for the school? Are they going to just let that new stadium sit empty? Yes, I'm sure that's gonna happen. As I said on another thread....someone needs to inform Mr. Gunner and the entire school board that the people in Perkins township aren't as stupid as they seem to think we are!

fedup11

Well said!

PerkinsVoter

I remember many years ago when band members would go door to door and sell things. The booster club can have a paper drive and collect aluminum cans for sports. Do the boosters still sell citrus fruit? Asking the voters for more money is easy. The hard part is raising funds by doing some work. I have to work for my money. Churches raise money by having bake sales and bingo. At one time I was able to save about 10 percent of my money for retirement. My retirement money goes to my checking account to pay for more taxes. Soon I will have no more savings to pay taxes and I will not be able to live in my house. First to go will be all of my possessions which are in my house. Next will be my house which will probably sell for about half of what the county says it is worth. The way things have been going for me and others, the schools will go after grave lots and put a tax on them. If that doesn't work, they will dig me up, sell my casket for scrap and use my body for fertilizer. I haven't made arrangements for my funeral yet because they are to expensive.

Speakezy

Until the public wakes up and combines the districts we will be wasting our tax dollars! Take the blinders off and look at it from a fiscal view and not an emotional view.

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BW1

Combine the districts and you'll REALLY see the tax dollars wasted. Sandusky voters will steamroll levy after levy until Perkins is bled dry.

oldpirate

Perkins voter I can't imagine the state of our society if there were a majority of people as self centered as you. Your life would be perfect if you could just suck off of society without any of the responsibilities most feel we sacrifice for our community's better good. If you are as miserable as you let on, why not isolate yourself someplace where you answer to no one.

doppleganger

Perkins voter is self centered because he/she wants to remain owning their home? Would you have him/her live in a cardboard box so you and the students can have a shiny new building? Talk about self centered.

The New World Czar

Interesting that the Register has an editorial piece on out-of-control public pensions (hello!)...and at what age can a public employee (teacher/administrator) retire?

Bueller? Bueller?