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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If I vote "no" it will be for one reason.

I cannot vote for a group of individuals who feel the necessity to eliminate public vote on huge financial issues with significant impact on the community.

It's simple. My confidence in the present BOE and supertendient is lacking.

I am not looking short term, like this levy. I'm looking down the road on what type of bureaucratic quasi government are we leaving to my children and grandchildren. I want then to be free to make choices. Not willing to give into a life where bureaucrats make all the decisions.

If you let me vote on the school and the operating levy than I will accept the majority rule. Isn't that what this country was built on and soldiers died to protect.

Why is everyone being so short sighted In their logic with regards to this power grab ?


Perkins is being faced with the same problems that almost every school is faced with at one time or another...a failing building system for its high school. Much like the infrastructure of any city, there comes a time when the age of repair becomes too much for it, and the building finally succumbs to its need for replacement and not repairs. When it finally needs to be torn down and a new building put up in its place.

When that happens, people worry, and rightly so, about the expense and unseen costs of the new building that will be necessary to house the children of the future of the community. It won't be cheap. Even the less fancy of the buildings of today run in the millions of dollars and leave people breathless with worry and anxiety over the costs. But they are a necessary evil if one wants to have a place to educate our young people.

We can all find pros and cons for building or not building these places: facts and reasons for each of us to gather behind, but in the end, the buildings must go up and someone has to pay for them. In the end, the present population of adult homeowners are those who do. Like it or not, we, the homeowners, usually with kids who are in school or just went to school, are the ones who foot the bills for these etifices.

They go up and we hope and pray that we have the foresight to build them well enough that they will last at least fifty or sixty years into the future. That these buildings will not need much maintence. That we have the foresight to put in state of the art heating and airconditioning, hot water, flooring, walls and electirical and air exchanging systems that will be good enough to last.

That our children will not have to bear too much expense to keep them running well so their children will enjoy them and use them for their children. At least that is the hope.

So while we debate the issues of having to face a levy to pay for a school, remember that places like Bellevue, Orrville, New Washington and other cities went through this. They, too, probably thought they couldn't do it either. They went through the debates, the nashing of teeth and the yelling and screaming about property taxes going up and how much more it would cost them each year. They thought about it, lost sleep over it and worried about it. But in the end, they drove past the new schools and say, "look at what we built this year", where "Timmy" and his kids will go for the next three or four generations. And they smile. That twenty or thirty dollars more a month on their property tax bill sure went a long way into the did that smile.

Just a thought.


The kids can smile now in the buildings they are already in. Smiles don't pay my bills, and neither do you. Vote no and keep your voice heard!

wiredmama222, sir, I don't pay your bills. If I could, I would. Seriously. I can bearly pay mine. LOL But I wish I could make everyone's bills disappear. I understand exactly how you feel. I was just stating my opinion about the infrastructers that eventually will all need to be replaced. Things wear out and have to be rebuilt. Sad but true. I wish it didn't cost so darn much.

Hope I didn't offend you.



Have no problem with voting on a levy to building
a new school. Have no problem with voting on an operating levy. Let the majority rule.

But, that's not what is going on. With the legal movement of millage the BOE and superintendent have taken away the rights of the taxpayers in this community to make those decisions.

This movement of millage has skewed the normal process. The money taken from the operating fund, to build the school without public vote, must be replaced. Thus, rather than a five mill levy for new operating funds the millage was doubled to cover the money moved.

A 10 mill operating levy has now been placed before the voters.

If you are against the transfer of funds you must vote "no" on the operating levy.
If you don't believe there is a need for a new school you must vote "no" on the operating levy.
If you feel this was a power grab by the BOE and superintendent you must vote "no" on the operating levy.
If you don't want to give up your protected rights to vote you must vote "no" on the operating levy.
If you don't have the financial resources to pay this additional tax burden you must vote "no" on this operating levy.

I believe a 5 mill operating levy had a chance to pass. With the added issues attached to this levy I believe it will be voted down by a significant majority.


@donut....I believe it will go down to a defeat as well. Seriously.

And I seriously think that before too long you will see Sandusky and Perkins NEED to combine forces just to survive. Serious as the heart attack I just had two weeks joke.

Things are not getting better for any of us, they are getting worse. The only way for people to survive is to assist one another. This country cannot keep going like it is right now. It just can't. We are all going to starve if we don't start thinking about helping each other out in new and creative ways.


Briar School is not large enough to need two administrators. Why doesn't Gunner just hire Mr. Quisno as the principal? Perkins could save $77,900 per year removing Finn from his double dipping position.