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
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
 

Comments

senioritis

So, now French has NOTHING to do with being a productive citizen? It's called GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING. French is still the 2nd most spoken language in the world. We are one of the FEW districts in the area to OFFER a choice of languages: a rare feat in today's school environment.
As for our superintendent using funds for the stadium, you need to go back and read other comments, which will demonstrate to you that the ONLY PORTION of school monies used for the stadium was the dollar amount required to repair the old stadium. All other funds were raised by athletic or band boosters or donated by community members and businesses alike.

bobshumway92

French Fries

senioritis

bobshumway92:

Just a little global understanding--"french fries" originated in BELGIUM, not FRANCE.
A little more global understanding for all-- Doctors without Borders (begun by French medical community), fiber optics, thermal technology (invented in France), AIDS virus discovery and first research into its cure---all begun in France.
France is one of the top 5 economies in the world. It is one of 4-5 official languages in the UN. It is the official political language of the political body of the EU.
This is just scratching the surface.

bobshumway92

It's the fifth largest economy. The French are worthless.

bobshumway92

The UN. Now that's impressive.

bobshumway92

Try knowing what you are talking about before commenting. French is the 11th most spoken language in the world. Chinese being first, Spanish being second, and English being third. Get a clue.

treemotan

They're not wrong. You're analyzing it only by the total amount of people that speak it. That does not account for how widespread a language is. French is the primary language of more countries in the world than any other language. So, while it may be in 11th place population-wise, it's much more widely spoken and, in fact, many higher-tier jobs in business or management require fluency in French for that exact reason. In addition, statistics have shown that students that studied French did much better in English classes and on the English portions of state testing, due to the fact that a very large portion of English borrows from French.

bobshumway92

Pretty sad day when Americans look up to the French. Anyhow, back to the two levies that are going to fail...

themomx6

Why don't the people of Perkins do something that would REALLY help the school system? What's that you ask?

GET RID OF GUNNER!!

themomx6

Why don't the people of Perkins do something that would REALLY help the school system? What's that you ask?

GET RID OF GUNNER!!

Trustafarian

How do we go about doing that? Are you willing to lead the charge? If you're serious, and I have no doubt you are, set the wheels in motion.

The New World Czar

Here's a challenge to all PEA/unionized staff: disavow yourselves from the brainwashing you are getting from the OEA (which in turn get passed on to students, family, and friends), take a voluntary cut in your pension and early retirement packages like us outside of la-la-land and you might sway a few more negative votes. Too bad your efforts in and out of the classroom get overshadowed by the power-hungry bunch in Columbus...and quit going by the belief that they (OEA) have the best interest of the students in mind.

WFO

HOW CAN GUNNER BE EXPECTED TO RUN ANYTHING, WHEN HE DOESNT APPEAR TO UNDERSTAND BASIC ENGLISH.... WE SAID "NO". NOW I HAVE TO TAKE MY TIME TO SAY NO AGAIN! HELL, MY DOG UNDERSTANDS NO

Common Sense

The real tragedy is that not only the students will lose, but so will our entire community.
It is time that many of you realize that people move to Perkins (and OPEN ENROLL)because of the quality of our schools. Eliminating any programs will only create a domino effect. Why move to Perkins? Why stay in Perkins if the education is the same as anywhere else? We will soon resemble Sandusky with many abandoned homes and metro rentals. Crime will rise as students are no longer spending time working on music, sports, academics. Be careful what you wish for as it may come true.
In addition, it would be helpful for many of us to become better educated as to why the schools are asking for levies. In the past thirteeen years, Perkins voters have not passed a levy. No additional monies have come in for repairs and in fact, money has left the budget due to tax laws enacted by the state. Yet, we still want our children to get the best education.
For you naysayers, those of us voting for the levy get it. You really don't give a damn about your schools or your community. It makes me wonder if you feel that same way about your home.

bobshumway92

Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

Common Sense

Mature response.

PutKidsFirst

Bobshumway has had MANY mature responses to people who are trying to be positive about this situation and who are trying to help others see why this levy is needed. I completely agree with you. People don't seem to realize (or care?) that even though they might not care about the students or the school district, this levy failing will have a negative affect on them, too! With a poor school system comes lower home values, and as you said - it becomes a domino effect. We need more positive comments about this levy! Thanks for your support!

whocares

Maybe its time for a county school system? It would save everybody money.

bobshumway92

As long as they don't teach French I'm all for it

lifetimeresident

I'll tell you what. Back in the 80's when I worked, if you brought me and the other 1000 employees in together and gave us 2 options. First, 30 people getting layed off, second, or "EVERYONE" takes a 5% pay cut. We took the cut. Cant make car and home payments from the unemployment line. We werent union though.

VoteYES

How do you know they have or haven't? Nothing has been done yet!!!

whocares

Maybe Perkins and Sandusky should become one. They already share a zip code.

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BW1

That's about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Zip codes have no relationship to anything regarding schools or local government.

Gyro Cart Guy

Reunite the 44870!!!! Perdusky Blue Pirates forever!!!!

Truth or Fiction

Whocares raises an interestng proposition. Erie County has a population of 72,000, the population of a medium sized City in Ohio. That City would have one High School. So why don't we make Perkins HS the middle school and Sandusky HS the high school. That will solve Margaretta and Edison's levy problems because you can just bus them in and since Huron is the second smallest HS in Erie County, we could bus them in for good measure.

Now all the nay sayers votes will be deluted. Edison and Margaretta won't have a large enough voting block to influence anything but will be held ransom to the higher populations and voting blocks in Sandusky and Perkins. Huron won't have to worry about Board problems because the School Board would probably be picked from the larger voting block areas.

Unfortunately, consolidation of school districts must be voted on by the districts involved. Doesn't look like it stands a chance.

Kasey

When you're in high school, it's easy to say, "I'm involved in all these programs, my school building is awful, please vote yes on the levy!" How do I know? I was one of those kids not too long ago. Involved in every musical, theatrical, and about half the sports offered in the school. It's all about you, you, you.
Now that I am on the other side, employed full-time as a teacher, I can agree with many of the comments here. "lowbrass", I understand your plight. However, you're young and do not understand property taxes. Argue all you want, but the whiny and selfish comments will drive your point adversely.
It strikes me as odd that a new building is being conjured. Where is the money for it? Also, isn't the junior high in Sandusky much older than PHS, yet still standing and operating just fine? I am not favoring one school over the other - I just think Perkins may not keep up with normal maintenance, and therefore the building is in "bad shape". I honestly don't buy into this "bad shape" thing either - many of the violations were not structural, and obviously were easily fixed. I can also recall being in that building not too long ago on a normal basis when I was a student.
Face it, most taxpayers have their minds made up regarding the levy. Emotional student pleas or property tax statistics will not change one's vote.
One last note: teachers are constantly getting added and cut from schools. That's the nature of the job. Nobody marvels when schools add new programs and new teachers, but they are crass and point fingers when budgeting calls for position cuts. That's how it goes - I know my job is never promised to me, so I make the best of it.

Kasey

As a side note: I'm not trying to put down this "lowbrass" character. I just understand how important extracurriculars are when you're a student, but then I see how unimportant they really are when it comes to college and life after that. You might stick with a couple of them, like playing a college sport or joining a musical group, but very few college kids are members of band, choir, orchestra, tennis team, soccer team, debate, fall play, etc. etc. While it IS "your world" in high school, after that, it's just good memories. I don't blame Perkins taxpayers for not wanting to pay for students' extracurriculars.
We all have a right to our opinions, but sometimes when we are just inexperienced, we look foolish arguing.

Common Sense

I would agree with your argument, but please consider three ideas. First, high school is a time for all children to explore interests to help determine their choice of careers. A wider selection allows students to look at ideas that will not occur if programs are eliminated (including, but not limited to world languages which is really a study of the culture, economy, population, etc.). Second idea: students are building a college resume. Colleges look for well-rounded students who are not only academically sound, but show a variety of interests and are community-minded (i.e. volunteers). Finally, Perkins students DO pay for not only textbook fees, but for ALL extra-curricular selections, including sports, band, drama (including painting a set for theater productions). This is not the world many of us may have grown up in, but it is the world now.

Truth or Fiction

The argument is well framed. Those who oppose taxes, ANY TAXES and those who support the community through education. The problem is that fact gets mixed with fiction such as a recent post that Sandusky City Schools house our middle school at Adams. Not true. The junior high is now housed in the high school on Hayes Avenue.

It is unfortunate that our State has placed children at the center of controversy by failing to develop a viable funding system for education. One that provides equal funding and makes allowance for increases in cost. The politicians of our neighbor Indiana must just be smarter than our politicians in Ohio.

UgtaBkdnMe

This is the first year for the middle school to be housed at SHS. The Adams building was used through the end of last year for junior high and continues to be used for the alternative school. The only reason the junior high was moved was due to the decrease in the district's enrollment and nothing to due with the structural condition. The point is valid. Adams is over 150 years old and in great shape!

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