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



Edison needs to do the same


yes indeed toc


Is this a scare tactic Mr. Gunner? I hope not because if it is you have killed the levy before it is on the ballot. If you need to make cuts then we don't need a new school.

BW1's picture

The number one priority of the school administration is servicing Gunner's edifice complex with a shiny new school.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Pulling out the big guns...if you don't pass the levy, you might need to open enroll your high school child in the district to the north!


Hey why didnt they put money in the school instead of doing a brand new stadium. education should be more important


Bigbirdblue. I have been asking that also. And if they knew the school was in such bad shape why did they spend all the money to move the BOE in the bldg.?


The school save money moving the BOE to the high school!


The Stadium was donated by 50% of the public. The rest of the funds were fundraised by the athletic boosters. The only money that came from the school was the cost that it would have taken to repair the old stadium.

Azure Ray

Let's not forget about the $bazillion school.


The first cut that needs to be made is Gunner!



Good 2 B Me

Can we do a vote of no confidence?


There is a beautiful school to the north that is only half full, so it’s time to wake up.


That will never happen, unless you are talking about people enrolling their kids at St. Mary's.


No one will enroll their kids to smcc! They do not compare to education!


Why don't they look for pledges from local businesses kind of like they did for the new stadium? Each class room could have a sign above the door "This Classroom Sponsored by"
I think it's funny about not having any sports, WHY WAS ALL THAT MONEY SPENT on that stadium? I dont care where it all came from, if things were this bad it shouldn't have been built!


The school district only contributed the amount of money that it would have took to repair the old stadium. The rest of the money was through public donations and fundraisers.


Is it true that the Athletic Boosters only raised 75% of their promised amount and that the BOE loaned them the last 25%? That would be in addition to the 50% of funds that came from taxpayers.


Then why the hell didnt they just repaire the old stadium, put the money they moved arond ( and now want us to replace )into fixing the school they knew was in bad shape??? NO TRUST


Why repair what is going to need to be replaced again not far off in the distance? For you to deny the schools are in bad shape have you been in the buildings?


All those proposed cuts and I only see one administrator (communications director) on the list. If they got rid of the vice principals and had the middle school share the high school principal, they could save nearly $500K just in wages and benefits. Aren't you glad now that they built a brand new stadium so that they could threaten doing away with sports? All this so Gunner can have his new school complex. As a Perkins Alum I say, "who the heck hired this guy?"


Fire Gunner now and vote NO!


Please don't vote no, you are only hurting the kids.


LOL! Good one!


You need help,you are talking to your self !HaHa


Great idea Knuckledragger.


I own rental property on both sides of Perkins Avenue. In Sandusky we pay 2.4% of FMV in annual taxes and in Perkins we pay 1.8% of FMV in taxes (Huron is 1.6%).

If you break out the school levy portion of the taxes it 1.9% for Sandusky Schools and 0.9% for Perkins Schools (Huron 1.0%). So a Sandusky resident pays over twice per dollar of home value for education costs as a Perkins resident.

The costs per student is very comparable for all the Erie County schools. If the Perkins levy passes their budget per student will still not be in top 20% for the county, but if it fails it will be in the bottom 20%.


Keep in mind the value of homes in Perkins are higher than the value of the same size home in Sandusky.