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.

*
Click here for the e*Paper or get a Register at a newsstand near you for a table on contents on potential cuts and a deeper look at the school budget. 
*

Comments

Resident51

Lose the idea you can spend, spend, spend and not be held accountable. Thinking it will pass, even anytime soon, is laughable. In the meantime, what will Perkins become without the support of its community?

Perkins2060

Hate? No. No confidence in existing leadership? Yep. Vote No.

oldpirate

Run by the state.

Resident51

PERFECT!

oldpirate

lose the HATE!

Perkins2060

Hate? Nope. No confidence in existing leadership? Yep. Vote No.

Wald

If wanting to make sure my money isn't stolen and then spent frivolously makes me a hater, then yes, I'm a hater.

EZOB

oldpirate,
I heard this many times before, maybe last time, Huron. I'm asking, just asking because I don't know???? How many schools are run by the state? I have always heard the threats but really don't know how many the state has taken over. Anyway, let the state take it over. They can assume the debts also, I really don't care. And yes, bill me later, I'm 65 now so figure on billing me in another 10-20 years. I'll take 85 and be happy but I don't like be billed right now in this economy.

Perkins2060

Figures that Myers character is a teacher. Wouldn't expect anything less from any teacher who can't make it in the real world.

Perkins2060

With the behavior of these teachers during the strike and seeing how they are acting now, St. Mary's is looking better every day.

Resident51

Those old buildings???? (SARC INT)

oldpirate

Hate is a wasted emotion/

Perkins2060

Idiocy is apparent.

Wald

Wasted...like the taxpayers' money by Gunner and the BOE.

oldpirate

WOW idiocy? I feel sorry for your pain.

Perkins2060

No pain here bud. Both levies going down! Winning!

oldpirate

Be careful what you wish for.

Perkins2060

Winning!

RMyer

I am responding to the previous comment you made questioning my ability to make it in the "real world". Initially, I wasn't going to, but since the comment was made and calls into question my credentials/experience, I am going to fill in some background info. I have been teaching in the middle school for eleven years. Prior to that, I was employed for twenty years in business management positions (the "real world" that you refer to). Starting out of college, I worked my way from entry level manager to director of a department in charge of a multi-million dollar revenue and expense budget and responsible for managing both full and part time employees. I voluntarily chose to resign that position, returned to college to complete coursework to achieve a teaching degree, and was fortunate enough to be employed as a teacher. I am committed to and passionate about educating students and hope that in some way I am helping them to become responsible young adults in the “real world”. So, in short, I have experience both in private business and in public education. I have also spent many hours during the past ten years trying to understand the school funding situation in Ohio as well as the options districts have to generate revenues and how expenses are handled.

I think all opinions as well as the correct facts are important to hear in this discussion so that people can make informed decisions one way or the other. I talk to students about taking responsibility for what they choose to post on social media sites and blogs. I try to set an example for them by being civil with those I have disagreements with, by being as accurate as possible with facts as I understand them, and by taking responsibility for my comments. My hope is that others will choose to do the same.

Perkins2060

My statement was about teachers in general.

Resident51

Good for you. Now....since you feel we need to be accurately informed, can you please admit you mean "new school" when you say "facility upgrades"?

Resident51

And are you "blogging" on work time, Teach? I just want to make know how my tax dollars are being spent.

eriemom

The time of his post was 7:16 am

senioritis

Uh...READ the time before whining, please. This teacher's paid school day begins at 7:30.

Resident51

State takeover would be down the road...don't start playing that scare tactic card already. It's about as realistic as your raw sewage and lead paint. However, if that is what it takes to bring in someone fiscally responsible with my tax dollars, then I welcome it. Bring on the State!

EZOB

Reader's Forum March 11, Perkins hasn't had a raise since 2000. This clearly shows how out-of-touch people are with tax money. Every time a new building or new house is built there are more tax dollars. How many new houses in 13 years? What about Crossings all the stores, don't know exactly when it was built though but you get My point.
I honestly believe that if the levy were to pass most of us would be dissatisfied on how the money would be spent. Next would come another levy to make up for the shortage and we all know that several points would be made putting the blame on someone else. They have real problems dealing with any budget, why should I expect it to be any different?

EZOB

RMyer,
I'm assuming that was your article in the reader's forum. You can write 10 facts that are absolute facts but then cloud it with one statement and it puts a sour taste on everything. You have a business degree so you have to know every new structure in the area generates more money. The fact this levy is on a May Ballot, like Margretta achieved, is a further stab in the back. The schools want very low voter turn out. These levies should only be on a November Ballot.
I sure am not knocking your credentials but I'm always wary of someone who "Voluntarily" resigns. More lucrative positions outside the private sector. Obviously, you discovered the same thing.

RMyer

No need to be "wary" in this case. . . my decision alone to move on; no skeletons in the closet, no pending unsavory issues.

doctorsRdrugdealers

Hey lets do open enrollment so we get more government money! How bout lets quit open enrollment and lets get Sandusky city schools back open and running. its ridiculous all the empty school buildings in this area. Are schools are turning into day cares, only thing is that they don't really care. Sandusky schools always been ahead of perkins so don't give me the schools are bad and the kids are bad. if you teach them right at home, they'll be alright at school.

onlythetruth

The Perkins High School needs to be searched next starting with it's band program, i.e. drummers. From what we've heard, there is a lot of drug usage within that program. Just ask a few of the parents that recently caught their kids with it. Pretty large and surprising ring of kids. Good luck on your trip to Florida, PHS!

Pages