Perkins Schools contract cut by $1 million; $11 million left to go

Non-teaching Perkins Schools employees approved a new 5-year contract this week that will save the district nearly $1 million during the next four years.
Alissa Widman Neese
Mar 14, 2013

That's one step.

Click here for a previous story about the proposed budget cuts for the district. 

The school board still can't agree on the next step, however, and determining what programs and staff members must be cut to save an additional $11 million remains unresolved.

Board members initially planned to announce two rounds of district-wide cuts last week and approve them this week.

Get the ePaper or buy a Register at a newsstand near you to read about what's next on the road to solvency for the Perkins school district.

After several hours of discussion during executive, closed-door meetings, however, they have yet to release vote for an approved list. 

"There are lots of options we need to discuss," board president Matt Kosior said. "If there was one good option we would have done it a long time ago. None of these cuts are cuts we want to make."

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Comments

Not Yer Pa

How anyone votes is their own business. That being said, if the owner of a $175,000 home can't afford an extra $35/month they have bigger problems than a school levy. Perhaps that owner should run for a school board position. Obviously their financial planning capabilities makes them a perfect fit for the job.

Tell it how it is.

The average home price is 135,000
I figured my cost would be 20 dollars per month but if your house is worth the average in Perkins at 135K your cost would be only 16 dollars per month. 12 dollars for every 100K.

WE ARE TALKING ONLY 12 DOLLARS FOR EVERY 100K of value. Pay it forward. Who picks it up is you. Think of it as an investment so the youth can have it as good as you did. I am sick of my fellow baby boomers that are so spoiled by the age we grew up in. It is time to do what our parents did and rebuild this country and support our schools.

God Of Thunder

I don't think anyone has thought about this, but I've talked to a reliable source from another school district..

Yes, artificial turfs are very nice and appealing.. But the life span on these turfs are 10-12 years, and at today's cost, it is 250-300 thousand for the cost of them.. Think of the cost to replace the turf in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium of Erie County in 10-12 years...

I'm sure Gunner and the board are already preparing for this.. Oh that's right, not their problem... I'm sure they weren't bright enough to think about that in the long term plans, outside of building the elaborate campus..

I'm with you Perkins2060!!!!

Truth or Fiction

@ Tell it how it is-
Nice job putting truth rather than emotion behind behind your post.

Perkins2060

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Truth or Fiction

How about a retired auto worker who served in the armed forces, raised a family, and knows the value of education. Is that a smart enough answer for you?

Tell it how it is.

Thank you for serving in the military. I also raised a family and worked in sales for 38 years. I value your opinions and I think your are smart. Please run for school board and share your knowledge with everybody.

donutshopguy

Where are the spin doctors ? We only have $20 / month as a shame enticement .

How about 66 cents per day or 2.7 cents per hour.

Now the important factor. Multiply any of these numbers by the rest of your life . No matter what anyone tells you these levies never go away.

You can't control what the federal and state government take from you at this time. You can control how you are taxed at the local level at this time .

Do not give up your right to vote on local tax burdens. If you vote "yes" on this levy you are accepting the school board taking away your right to vote on a $50 million dollar school. You will never get this right back if you give it up.

kris63063

Vote NO in May! Until Gunner is gone and the BOE is revamped I wouldn't give that group any more of my hard earned money. I'll agree that how they "moved" the money around was legal but was it ethical? NO! Havem't the people of Perkins township voted and said NO already to a new campus. Why can't Gunner and the BOE accept that decision and move on. Instead, they have chosen to neglect maintenance on the schools and they should be held accountable to the run down conditions. They supplied us with inspection results but again, it was not a true picture. We were lead to believe these issue were something current and come to find out, the issues that were found are something that "may" happen if not addressed within the next 3 years. If this were your home, would you not address maintenance issues and hope that in 3 years you get a raise or inherit some money to fix it? No, you would be proactive and keep up with things so they don't get worse. Who is doing this for Perkins? Obviously no one since Gunner and the BOE have decided to act like babies and if they can't get what they want, they'll backdoor it. Shame on them!

eriemom

Personally, I don't think that we should have the right to vote against education. It is a human right. It is an investment in our country's future. We all know that using property values to pay for schools does not work. Why do we keep fighting about it. Let's face it, we will either pay now, or pay later. Pay for education, or pay for incarceration. We need to get better at this--the educating and paying for it.

I often wonder what would happen if we hired the best teachers instead of coaches. Let's watch to see which coaches' jobs are saved and which teachers will not be in the classroom next year. Are the teachers that are left the most effective? Or are they being sheltered by a biased agenda. What will the cuts tell us about what our school system priorities are? Are we seeing the whole picture? What is going on behind the BOE curtain?

Something stinks. I wonder if I will see my children's favorite teachers next year. I think that I will call the office and make sure that they know just who needs to be in the classroom, and maybe even some that should not. I have never called the BOE office and complained about or praised any teacher, but it is now time. They need to hear from us.

Brainiac2007

Eriemom
You got it! They aren't worried about who's best suited to keep on staff! Education is absolutely a human right, but education consists of reading, math, and the courses important to being productive in the real world. Get rid of all the B.S. courses, which would eliminate about 1/3 of the cost of running the school, get rid of these "clubs" that take place, school needs to return to what it was before some idiot began instituting all this unnecessary Jazz!

donutshopguy

A human right ? Have you ever left this area let alone travelled to other countries ?

Our supposed poor have more wealth, food and health care than 95 percent of the world population. They are more interested in if they have food and water to survive the next day.

Americans have the access to a free public education to the 12th grade. What are you complaining about? Not a good enough education to meet your needs? Got about 3 billion people who will trade places with you and not complain once.

eriemom

You didn't implicitly state it, so I will ask. Do you believe that problems that we see in education are related to poverty?

I didn't write about poverty, but to answer your question, yes. I have an international education. You?

donutshopguy

Eriemom,

In a majority of the world poverty is a major factor in lack of education. In this country it's laziness.

Every citizen in this country is entitled to a free education from K-12. And depending on your poverty level free college. The quality of that education depends on the community you live in.

It's not a right . It is not listed in the bill of rights. It's a value we as Americans feel we need to provide. What a person does with that opportunity is up to them. It's not my responsibility to force then to use this American value.
Is your degree in international studies or were you educated overseas? I have had business oversees and travelled in all but one continent.

eriemom

In what way does education quality depend on community, or do you mean location?

donutshopguy

Eriemom,

It's based on the community's value of education where you live. When I was younger my wife and I decided on where we were going to raise and educate our children. We could have lived anywhere in this area. We chose Huron. A major factor was education. We believed in that school system that the philosophy was "where you were going to college" not "if you we're going to college."Its a big difference with that underlying thought for 12 years of school for your children.

eriemom

If you chose to live and educate your children in Huron, why are you posting opinions on a news article about a different community? I think that you have posted comments about conversations that you have had with the Perkins Sup. Am I mistaken?

donutshopguy

You are correct, I have posted on talking to the Perkins superintendent. I now live in the Perkins School district and try to be educated and informed.

Any other questions ?

Strong Schools ...

We need to stand up as a community and support our children. Who could look a child/student in the eyes and tell them they are not worth $20 a month. We will get what we pay for and I know I want responsible citizens running this community in the future. Vote yes for our students and make our community stronger so more people will want to live in Perkins Township!

Perkins2060

Vote no for strong schools!

donutshopguy

Strong school,

Should we stand up to bureaucrats that believe they have the right to take away the community's ability to decide if a new school is necessary ?

Should we stand up to bureaucrats that believe they can spend $50 million dollars with out the majority of the public voting agreement?

What are you willing to stand for ?

Strong Schools ...

Donutshopguy,

I have attended the board meetings and nothing has been kept a secret. What saddens me is that people are voting no to get back at Gunner and the board. They will still have a job if this levy passes or not and the only people that are going to suffer are the students...our future contributing community members. We have not passed a levy for new money for thirteen years and I could never imagine paying my bills on the salary I made thirteen years ago. Trust me I am not bringing in tons of money but I am willing to look at this situation long term and have a progressive frame of mind. Our schools are in horrible shape and I just want our children to be educated in a safe and healthy setting. I do respect your input but I feel people want a Cadillac eduction without paying for it. I will continue to support our schools and community and vote yes for this levy! You should visit the schools and see the shape they are in. I was shocked when I walked through the buildings and knew things had to instantly change. Money is difficult for people in our community but I don't think $20 is too much to ask for. Please just think long term. Vote for the children and leave politics out of the situation.

Perkins2060

VOT NO FOR STRONG SCHOOLS!

donutshopguy

Do you really believe the $20 dollar propaganda spin doctors?

Let try the truth. $40 per month X 12 months X 30 years equals. $14,400 dollars . That's what it's going to cost me. Remember levies don't go away. How long are you planning on living ?

donutshopguy

Do you really believe the $20 dollar propaganda spin doctors?

Let try the truth. $40 per month X 12 months X 30 years equals. $14,400 dollars . That's what it's going to cost me. Remember levies don't go away. How long are you planning on living ?

Do you believe this will be the last levy in your lifetime?

Not saying some of the levy is not appropriate . The building of a $50 million dollar school without a public vote is unamerican. I use to live in a country where the majority ruled and the bureaucrats worked for the people . It sad to say but our local officials don't believe in those ideals.

donutshopguy

Sorry for the double post

Strong Schools ...

Don't apologize for the double post...it happens. It will cost me a little more that $20 a month but I feel it is well spent money. I plan on living for a long time and I plan on investing in this community. It is very important to me to see our community gain its pride back. We do not have a community center in our Township so I feel it is important to invest in our schools and children We need something to attract people to our community besides restaurants. Things will get better when we can start collecting money from Kalahari and the Menards project. Trust me, I know levies do not go away but our state government needs to come up with a better solution to fund our schools so we do not have to go through these situations. It is unfortunate that we are put in these circumstances but it is important to me to invest in the youth. Again, I will continue to support our schools and vote yes!

Perkins2060

VOTE NO FOR STRONG SCHOOLS!

Strong Schools ...

Someone voted for me when I was in school because they thought I was worth a great education. I will continue to pay it forward.

Perkins2060

Vote NO!

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