VIDEO: Perkins school board takes heat on cuts

About 200 district residents turned out Wednesday to weigh in on the difficult choices ahead if tax levies fail.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 7, 2013

Click the video play button down screen center to watch last night's meeting. Click here to see a photo gallery.

The school board will be forced to slash up to $12 million more from the district's budget over the next five years without voter approval.

The fate of the district's 2-mil, five-year permanent improvement renewal levy and its 10-year, 4.98-mill new emergency operating levy on the May ballot will chart the course. 

The board already axed about $2.6 million by cutting teaching jobs and other positions. The next round could include slashes to athletics, foreign language programs and full-day kindergarten classes. 

One resident said the board and district superintendent Jim Gunner had not been straight with residents, a suggestion both Gunner and school board president Matt Kosior refuted.

“If you come up with a better plan or a chapter plan, let’s see it. Don’t accuse anyone up here of doing anything underhanded. That is not the case.”

The board shares many of the same frustrations residents do, Gunner said, but has kept its focus on the No. 1 priority.

“We are going to make the decisions that are right for the kids, and sometimes those are controversial,” Gunner said.

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Comments

lifetimeresident

Never Mind
Looks like your just a troll looking for feedback.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

you are a conservative teacher. that has to hurt being so pulled to your union but yet think like we do. I have friends that are conservative every way except public unions because they want theirs from us. We make sure our kids are educated. heck we do 1/2 the teaching at home with homework so jump off your pedestal. Plus light beer sucks

VOTENO

VOTE NO!

Pirate2007

Why do you choose to vote no. You have no say on these stupid blogs if you do not attend the meetings if this is where you get your factual information that is sad, because not everything you read is correct. You attend the meeting and still choose to vote no thats your choice then. But people that are not attending the meetings are having no room to talk about this if you are not there!

VOTENO

My vote counts just as much as your vote regardless if I attend a meeting or not. Last I checked we are still a free Country and we can talk about whatever we want, and that includes talking about voting NO!

VOTE NO!

Pirate2007

I never said your vote did not count! Everyone's vote counts. I am just saying you should attend the meeting's so you know what is going on, and so that people don't just read the blogs.

Pirate2007

I never said your vote did not count! Everyone's vote counts. I am just saying you should attend the meeting's so you know what is going on, and so that people don't just read the blogs.

Resident51

So what someone tells you face to face is factual information? Gunner is telling you only what you want to hear and twisting the facts to get a yes vote. I recall his cries about lead paint, asbestos and raw sewage...later to be found untrue. Is he explaining WHY he needs this levy? Do you understand he stole operating money to build a stadium and school without voter approval at the expense of programs and jobs? I wouldn't believe a word that came out of his mouth. You will see at the polls that the majority of people ARE informed and will vote accordingly. Time to accept reality, your levy will fail.

dire wolf

What a stupid comment to make. Many of us have other duties in life (work,children,ect..) that don't allow us to attend the meeting. To say that someone who did not attend the meeting has no room to talk makes you out to be a fool. This blog is intended for those people that could not make the meeting. Who are you to say that anybody has no right to talk about anything...ever? common, get it together.

observer

Why would you want to attend a meeting to listen to someone who has misused funds and lied to you about it? Someone who doesn't even have the decency to actually LIVE in the school district he's in charge of? Someone who wants to pass levies that will have NO EFFECT on him? People can be very well informed WITHOUT attending a meeting where all you hear is Gunner's "BS" and anyone that opposes him is quickly silenced. Vote NO...............BTW< I know of NO ONE who is voting FOR this levy........NO ONE........perhaps Gunner and the school board need to open a dictionary, and look up the meaning of the word "NO". They've been told that several times, but apparently they don't understand what it means.

smeltz

Just one question for you observer. If Gunner announced tomorrow that he had bought a house in the district would it change your vote?

Resident51

Clearly you didn't read that Observer feels Gunner has lied and misused funds. Not living in the district is one of many reasons. For me, stealing operating money to build a stadium and school without voter approval at the expense of programs and jobs is at the top of my list.

smeltz

No I did...I was just questioning that one statement. I here a lot of people talk about the fact that he doesn't live in the district. Which to a certain degree I agree that he should live here...I am just curious as to what degree that would change people (or in this case "observer's") mind in voting.

Listen, I will be the first to admit that things haven't been done right, but I also understand (as a parent and someone who works with teenagers) that there comes a time when we have to get past some of the things that Gunner and BOE have done and think about our children and the students. As I said in several post yesterday, the way to get the back at the BOE is when it comes to their re-election. If you don't like how they have handled things then run for BOE and change things...its definitely something that I have considered. I am not pro or anti Mr Gunner and the BOE...but I am definitely pro student!! I want my child and the students I work with to get the best education possible. I wish our community would understand that...its not the BOE that will suffer its the students.

Resident51

If programs are cut, it is truly the fault of Gunner and the board. They can stop this non-sense! I do not believe students will "suffer". A great education can still be provided just as other local schools provide in aging, but well maintained, buildings. I am all for providing a well-rounded education to our students while being considerate of the community that funds it.

Gunner and the board just recently made this decision to move inside millage and build a new school without voter approval...as a taxpayer, I am sorry to say it will take longer than a New York minute to "get past" something so unethical.

goodtime1212

The BOE and Mr Gunner talking in these meeting is the same as the last pres. election. Will say anything not to rock the boat in the meeting, tell half truths, not answer hard questions. all politics to get what THEY want sold. They are correct moving the money was legal, but now they have to live with the distrust they created.

goodtime1212

I do agree some what, the BOE should see thay have created a mess and put off this new school idea and regroup, that would help there couse. Then vote out the school board, see what the new board ideas are and start over.

goodtime1212

Aslo have to agree here, they have been told NO to a new school, but basicly said screw the voters we want it, we are doing anyway, how can there be trust?

bobshumway92

I like this VOTENO guy!

Resident51

I wonder what VOTENO knows about what Perkins Schools did to KBI?

bobshumway92

What did they do?

VOTENO

I'm not familiar with this. Please enlighten me.

Resident51

Took them to the Board of Revisions over property value, the BOR sided with Perkins...KBI owes the school a considerable amount in taxes from previous years, enough to cripple KBI. It's no wonder people are being layed off.

VOTENO

I had no idea! This explains the layoffs this week and all the layoffs that are coming. They wonder why nearly everyone is voting no?

Good info Resident51. Thank you for sharing.

Cowboy

Ha ha ha, yeah, that's the reason for the lay-offs! Wow! That company must be running on a shoe string budget for them to lay off people just to be able to pay their FAIR SHARE in taxes!

Tool Box

Karen Balconi Ghezzi, director of the Erie County Job and Family Services, said KBI laid off 36 employees since late last month.

"They say the layoffs are indefinite and are the result of a reduction of the workload," Ghezzi said.

Brick Hamland

Saying "if you missed the meeting, you have no say" is pretty closed minded considering there was a Perkins playoff basketball game that same night. The biggest problem Perkins has is fighting against the public perception, specifically the new stadium and how it was funded, Gunner, and the board moving forward despite the general public voting against the last levy. I have no idea how the stadium was funded, I believe that the school put up the money it would have had to put up to fix the bleachers and the rest was done by fundraising, donations, etc. But the truth doesn't matter because the public votes based on what they beleive to be the truth. It looks like most people on here believe Gunner/BOE handled the stadium improperly as well as the moving the money around on the books. Perkins has to do a better job at changing people's perception of the school, open enrollment, the stadium, etc. I am a St. Mary's grad, I didn't have my own computer, a new building, or even heat in some class rooms in the winter, but what I did have was small classes and a lot of individual attention. Hope Perkins figures it out one way or another... One last thing, to the people talking about Gunner living somewhere else, I can appreciate that he doesn't pay taxes here, but unless him moving here would change your opinion of him and the job he has done it makes you look childish to bring it up.

Resident51

You do understand he's moving forward with a new $50 million school, too...not just a stadium...without voter approval, right?

LawrenceD

Anybody, and I mean anybody that would use the SR blog to get accurate information to form any opinion is a fool. If you truly want information you might consider this the last place for accuracy.

dire wolf

ok, so we shouldn't consider your comment accurate, right?

LawrenceD

It is just my opinion. I didn't give you any facts. Sorry you find my opinion bothersome because I have devalued your blog and the many inaccuracies the SR blog provides on each story.

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