VIDEO: What if the Perkins levy fails?

The Perkins Board of Education and superintendent Jim Gunner outlined who and what could possibly be cut. There will be a $600,000 shortfall should the levy not pass in March and any program not mandated by the state could be affected.
Jason Werling
Feb 19, 2013

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Click HERE for the video of pending cuts being made regardless of the levy vote outcome

Comments

rww859

I have the following questions. If someone has accurate information I would appreciate your answers:
1. Will the current open enrollment students stay at Perkins next year or are they being sent back to their home schools?
2. If open enrollment was used to fill grades that needed 4-5 children, why were there 456 open enrollment students?
3. How many teachers were hired for the Open Enrollment?
4. Do teachers still get full tuition reinbursement for all the classes they take?
5. What percentage do teachers pay for their health insurance?
6. What percentage do teachers pay for their contribution to State Teachers Retirement System?
7. Is the superintendent really getting mileage to drive to Perkins?

Trustafarian

Eventual consolidation with Sandusky city schools. Better hope abortion stays legal and Obama doesn't take your guns!

rww859

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 1:52pm
I have the following questions. If someone has accurate information I would appreciate your answers:
1. Will the current open enrollment students stay at Perkins next year or are they being sent back to their home schools?
2. If open enrollment was used to fill grades that needed 4-5 children, why were there 456 open enrollment students?
3. How many teachers were hired for the Open Enrollment?
4. Do teachers still get full tuition reinbursement for all the classes they take?
5. What percentage do teachers pay for their health insurance?
6. What percentage do teachers pay for their contribution to State Teachers Retirement System?
7. Is the superintendent really getting mileage to drive to Perkins

wiredmama222

@trustafarian....I doubt that there will be a consolidation with Sandusky schools since since they were the only ones to get Fed funds in the area. And unless both House and Senate change the second amendment, no one can take your guns. So you are safe on that note

But unfortunately the second one has nothing whatsoever to do with schools

wiredmama222

If there is going to be this much shortfall, how in the world could they have even begun to think about building a new school even with a levy?

Perkins2060

wiredmamma222 I finally agree with you! LOL!

wiredmama222

@Perkins2060...it had to happen sooner or later. LOLOLOL

Resident51

Exactly! If you didn't steal operating money to build your school, these cuts wouldn't be necessary. Be informed, they are building a new school no matter what!

EdO's

The same rhetoric..."it costs too much money to maintain." Sure it does NOT. Line up the costs of new construction including interest and risk to the costs of maintenance. Maintenance wins every time.
It's a scheme. School building is big business and the taxpayers pay for the deals that favor the bond makers and the contractors.

Resident51

I would ask what they have done with the Permanent Improvement money all these years? Why haven't they addressed these issues? Funny how the school was not safe a few weeks ago. Now after a report from the Health Department, Gunner doesn't even mention his "unsafe" school. With the exception of the 1908 very small section of the high school, Perkins has newer buildings than any schools in the area.

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BW1

Maintaining the existing buildings doesn't serve Gunner's edifice complex.

Curley

I agree with Wiredmama if there's going to be a shortage in the school system how can they ask for a new building. Fix up what you have and watch your spending start to cut back even if it means cutting help. The city schools cut back on teachers why can't Perkins cut back on help and save money to build a new school. Don't always ask for a levy.

VoteYES

You don't even pay taxes like the other districts! Stop complaining!!

underthebridge

wiredmama - this is why many of us have lost confidence in the BOE and the district's superintendent. We attend meetings. We ask questions. We remember when they announced that the budget surplus would not last forever because of expected cuts at the state level. We're informed. Building a new facility now makes about as much sense as building a house when you've lost your job or had a reduction in your pay.

Resident51

These are simply scare tactics the board is using to obtain your yes vote! All schools do it. And when they start talking about the state coming in to take over-don't believe that lie either! Margaretta went through something similar a few years ago and I read in the paper that the state doesn't "take over". You don't have to repay the state with interest. Whatever comes out of Gunner's mouth is a lie. I hope your levy committees don't come knocking at my door. You will never have my trust, confidence or vote!

wiredmama222

@ resident51...actually, look at what happened to Cleveland when they came in and "took over" but then they give it back. So I wouldn't worry about that. But do you realize what problems Perkins would have to have to make the State come in and "take over"? PLEASE>>>>>> Perkins is no where NEAR that problem.

This man cannot get a straight story straight can he? First you guys had money for a new school. Now you have a shortfall? If that is true, where did the BOE ever intend to get the money to build a new school? The money fairy only shows up in even years and only when there is 31 days in February if memory serves....lol

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BW1

" First you guys had money for a new school. Now you have a shortfall? "

For crying out loud, haven't you been paying attention? They got the money for the school by shifting millage/funds from the operating budget to the building fund, and now the operating budget has a shortfall.

i.e. they essentially STOLE from the operating budget to pay for servicing Gunner's edifice complex, and now the levy is to put back what they took.

wiredmama222

@BW1...then let them put back what they took. Since they no longer have a building fund, the point is moot, wouldn't you say? How ridiculous.

wiredmama222

@underthebridge...and I can see why you have lost confidence. This is one board I bet should start thinking about election time really soon, right? LOL

Darkhorse

Perkins wants money to build a new school and where do you think they are going to get it, a tax levy. Tis the season of tax levies and they need to sell it by getting everyone hyper that they are on the verge of collapse. How can you speak of building a new school and then turn around and plead poor to get a tax levy passed?

Resident51

No, they are not asking for a tax levy for a new school. The are transferring (stealing) operating money, moving it to Permanent Improvement funds, to build a school...without your vote. This is going to happen even though the voters didn't support it, and don't know. Now they are asking for an emergency operating levy....because they don't have enough money to operate. Why? Because they are using it to build the new school. They are holding us hostage! VOTE NO!

EdO's

.without your vote

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Curley

They will probably build a new school without the vote of the people like they did the stadium Gunner will find a way to push the new school through.

Resident51

Not "probably". The school IS getting a new school without the vote of the people. The levy is not for the new school, it is for operating money that they stole to build the new school.

beekspubs

Bad management! No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No!
You " the Board of Education" put yourselves in this situation. Now we "The Taxpayers" are not going to bail you out. I am sure you are all educated people, figure it out yourselves. We will say "NO" to you. Change management get honest and maybe we can all move forward towards new levies and a new school. But this will be done on our terms not with a gun to our heads!

Perkins2060

Lot's of great comments on this article! Keep them coming!

bao

re: resident51

the bulk of the permanent inprovement funds have paid for the leased computers the kids have had the last few years

bao

re: resident51

the bulk of the permanent inprovement funds have paid for the leased computers the kids have had the last few years

Resident51

I understand what PI funds are used for. They are also used to maintain buildings which clearly they have not been doing if they need replaced so badly.

goodtime1212

I can NOT beleve after all this,even the BOE would think ANY of this is a good idea. Mr Gunner keeps saying " it will cost to much to keep what we have " Has there ever been bids put out to see just how much it would cost to stay? Oh I know we should take his word on it, just like they did that he woould move here and pay the taxes like the rest of us.

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