Perkins schools to cut teachers, staff

The Perkins school board is set to trim at least $12 million from its five-year budget in two rounds of staff cuts and programming reductions.
Alissa Widman Neese
Feb 20, 2013

The first round, unveiled Monday, will be permanent.

The second round can be reversed, but only if voters approve a May emergency operating levy, superintendent Jim Gunner said.

To watch videos from the Monday meeting, click HERE and HERE.

For more on the plans, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register. See the proposed cuts below.

Perkins Schools positions cut on March 13, regardless of levies in May     
Furry Elementary School: $250,000
•Two teachers
•One of three Little Pirates units
•Paraprofessionals for Little Pirates

Meadowlawn Elementary School: $150,000
•One-and-a-half teachers
•Reduction in office aid hours
Briar Middle School: $600,000
•Eight-and-a-half teachers (one in 2014, one in 2015)

Perkins High School: $550,000 to $600,000
•Five teachers
•One secretary
•Several paraprofessionals
•Possible reductions in business, family consumer science, physical education and health departments
District Office: $1 million
•One communications director in 2015
•One students services software
•One-and-a-half secretaries
•One-half school psychologist
•Busing for junior high and high school students living within a mile of campus in 2015

Other areas for possible cuts if May levies fail (minimum $600,000 in cuts needed for 2013-14 school year)
•All Little Pirates units
•Switch from full-day to half-day kindergarten
•Elementary gifted program
•Elementary and middle school guidance counselors
•Elementary and middle school art, physical education and music teachers
•All middle school foreign language programs, teaming, athletics and extracurriculars
•All high school non-essential staff members, athletics, busing and extracurriculars
•High school athletic director and athletic secretary
•High school French and Mandarin Chinese classes

Want to go?
What: Special Perkins school board meeting to discuss district cuts
When: 7:30 p.m. March 6
Where: Perkins High School, Room 805



You can ask for them through public request disclosures at the administration building.


Perkins School District has the best schools around because of the teachers and the parents that care. It is a shame to see all of the negativity and misinformed people just spouting off. Go to the meetings, be informed. As a community we will hurt the kids if the levy fails.


Who are you to say we are misinformed because we're voting no??? I think YOU'RE misinformed by voting yes and spouting off!


Some of us are ALOT more informed then you think.


Is this the same Perkins everyone flocked to in the past few years? Well maybe not the same now, but just sayin'?


Good job trimming the fat....I mean making the necessary budget cuts. Didn't see any cuts that would truly hinder a child from attaining their academic diploma. Now keep cutting the waste and you should reach your end goal of a balanced budget without the necessity of receiving any additional funds from the taxpayers. Sharpen those pencils!!! Good work Gunner and BOE. Psh!


As an alumnus of PHS, an educator, a voter, and a community member, it saddens me greatly to have watched Dr. Gunner and the BOE run this school district into the ground. Why on earth homeowners should have to foot the bill, while the BOE lets businesses (Kalahari for example) get off without contributing their part to the education of our youth. Now, suddenly, it has been realized that more money has been spent that could be afforded on investments in facilities and programs that have very little direct influence on the quality of the education of our youth. "Let's threaten the homeowners with further devaluation of our children's education so they give us money." No way. Let's get rid of Gunner and start worrying about quality education. -- Eyes With Pride


Very very well said!


CANT agree more!!


Kalahari? All the buildings that generate revenue are in Huron Twp (Huron School District). Only part of the parking lot is in Perkins Twp, which is the reason that not much in the way of tax revenue is generated for Perkins.


Wisen up Perkins Residents and give the board and Gunner a big thumbs down and a big
no vote.


Gunner goes I will vote yes.....Gunner stays I say no way! How does the BOE like that threat. If you can come at us tax payers why can't we come back at you with the same type of demands. BOE get ride of Gunner and get a yes...... Gunner stays get a NO! Board votes on this before we vote on the election! There is plenty of time before the primary for this to take place. Let's see what you do and that will tell the BOE what We " The Taxpayers" will do!


I am sure the tax increases will be greater than the average cost of living increases the tax payer will get. Once again lowering their standard of living. But the government employees will have theirs.


Sounds like they will be getting rid of some young teachers and will probably give the ones who are fortunate enough to stay a big raise.


I hope that the community will realize that this levy passing is in the best interest for the students. Without it, Perkins will not be Perkins anymore and will not have the same reputation that it has now.


It's already not Perkins with open enrollment. It's Erie County Local School District with the majority of the funds paid for by Perkins homeowners.

Azure Ray

Most districts in the area are open enrollment. Schools aren't what they used to be in general. The funding system for schools is completely whacked, and - unfortunately - the community, educators, and, most importantly, students are the ones who are going to be hurt the most. Don't take this issue up with the board or the teachers, take it up with the government and the fact that they are doing everything they can to break down the public education system.


I understand some of the feelings that people have towards Dr. Gunner and the district's decisions.. But what I don't understand is not putting those feelings aside to provide for the students of Perkins and do what is best for them. As an educator and a parent, it breaks my heart to see the negativity from the community. This is not about punishing anyone, this is about what is doing best for our kids. Perkins is known far and wide for the education they provide and for preparing their students for college and life in general. Without this levy, Perkins will SURELY lose its amazing reputation and YOUR HOME, YOUR COMMUNITY, & YOUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION will GREATLY be affected. Without a wonderful school district like Perkins, people will not want to move to Perkins, they will not want to buy your homes, and they will not want to send their kids to Perkins. So, if you won't vote "yes" for the students and the community - vote YES for yourself. Do not use this as an opportunity to punish those that have had to make these hard decisions, because you will be punishing yourself also.

We need this levy. The school needs it, the students need it, and YOU need it.


For Perkins kids? Try, it's for Erie County kids.


They still offer the best education in the area. Just because there are open enrollment kids, doesn't mean that they are bringing the district down. Some of those kids are some of the brightest students at Perkins.


Then let their parents move here and pay taxes here. Vote no.


Their parents don't need to live in your township they already reside in the same city as you(Sandusky). And they don't come empty handed they come with money that your district is in desparate need of. Did you forget that part? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.....


If you ask the parents of Edison and Norwalk, the say they are the best schools in the area. It's the emotional attachment to the school that they are playing on. It's not about the kids, it's about getting what they want.


You notice that PKF said they were in educator. You can take this to mean that it is not about the kids, it is about their job. You can bet if the levey does pass, the union will make sure that the teachers get a big cut of it.


Yes, I am an educator but my job is not at risk here. Honestly, just thinking about the kids AND yes, the teachers at Perkins that care deeply for their students and want what is best for them.


The trouble with what you are saying is, there is NO trust. so we vote yes. (I wont be by the way) Mr. Gunner and the board now will be in charge of all the money we voted yes for. They have already proven they can not be trusted. Thats what this is about.


Vote no.


We get it - you're voting no. That doesn't mean that people can't try to see the positive side of all of this. It doesn't mean that I agree with every decision made, it simply means I've decided to look past it so that the education of Perkins students don't suffer. As cheesy as it is - Education IS the future. And I feel so much sadness that people don't believe that and don't seem to care.


No positives here. Education is the future, and it will continue on in the existing buildings in the future.


I believe they received the computers from a technology grant.