Axe comes down Wednesday for Perkins Schools

School board set to approve a slew of cuts Wednesday totaling $12 million over the next few years.
Alissa Widman Neese
Apr 9, 2013

Perkins Schools is set to approve a slew of cuts Wednesday totaling $12 million over the next few years.

The list of district-wide reductions, unveiled late last month, includes axing nearly 40 jobs, eliminating field trips and at least doubling student pay-to-participate athletic fees. About 25 employees will be directly impacted, superintendent Jim Gunner said.

School board approval will make the changes final, for now, although the board plans to divide the cuts into two rounds.

The first round is larger and permanent. It totals about $2.4 million in the coming school year and $3.5 million the following year.

The second round, including fee increases and field trips, can be reversed if a majority of voters favor the district’s May levies. It totals about $468,000 in the upcoming school year.

The district is proposing two issues on the May ballot:

* A five-year renewal of a 2-mill permanent improvement levy.

* A 10-year, 4.98-mill emergency operating levy.

“If and when the levy passes, we’ll bring them back as quickly as possible, based upon the finances of the district at that time,” Gunner said after announcing the cuts in February.

If the 10-year levy fails, the district would face a deficit of more than $600,000 heading into 2014, with an annual budget of about $23 million.

View a list of the reductions here.

Comments

Wald

Don't let Gunner and the BOE take away your rights. Please vote no.

Good 2 B Me

GUNNER MUST GO!!!

oldpirate

No matter how much u spread the inaccuracies my family will all vote for all the levies. You only hold yourselves hostage with your lack of vision and in the end we are all affected in a negative way.

Wald

I feel sorry for you that you're willing to allow Gunner and the BOE to take away your rights as a voter. Gunner says jump, old pirate asks how high.

oldpirate

Gladly! Some step up. Others only make excuses.

Wald

You keep telling yourself that.

donutshopguy

Not against the school, teachers or a possible building. I am against the manipulation of school funding to eliminate the public's vote on those funds.

How can you prevent this superintendent and school board or any future superintendent or school board from building an over elaborate facility with "a fountain" with the proposed millage change? If you vote for this operating levy you have given this superintendent and school board a building fund without a public check and balance. You will be giving all future superintendents and boards the same fund without a public vote.

I personally will not give up this right of future taxpayers. Until funds are returned and a public vote for building a new school is on the ballot I will be voting "no" on all levies that try to remove a public check and balance on bureaucrats.

goodtime1212

I agree, I am not against the idea, just do not trust this BOE and Mr Gunner with more tax payers money. (wont even get into Gunner not paying the tax he wants us to pay.) They have been told NO TO NEW TAX FOR A SCHOOL. But they went and made a bad situation worse buy building a new stadium, and moving money around.

beborcott

Where can I get a "Vote No" sign in town?

oldpirate

A majority of states don't vote.Taxes are assigned. This probably has to do with the inability of voters to make proper decisions. Ignore the leakin roof! It only will get more exspensive.

Wald

"This probably has to do with the inability of voters to make proper decisions." Typical of the arrogance shown by Gunner, your master. Plus I like your "leaking roof" lie. The health department said the building is fine. Looks like you are the one spreading inaccuracies!

Common Sense

Wald,
I was in the building this past fall and as I made my way through the office, I had to sidestep two large round trash bins (55 gallon containers)to avoid the leaks and this was in the main office, not the older part of the building. Perhaps you should come into the high school, ask for a tour and ask questions. No lies, just leaks.

Suitcase Simpson

Old Pirate, you or a family member must be a teacher of administrator. That is the only thing that can explain your willingness to drink you some Gunner Koolaid

Armymom7

I don't live in the Perkins school district so please explain something to me. Isn't the mall and all the businesses on 250 in Perkins? It seems like that would provide a lot of tax money to the district. Or were they given tax abatements so not much money come from them?

Darkhorse

Life still goes on if the taxpayers don't pass the levies. Throw it all on the backs of the taxpayer.

oldpirate

The health dept was a short term report. they only stated they could not find any present issues. They didn't say the buildings would be in good shape for a lengthy period of time. The place is full of things that need attention. You have a car with 100,000 miles. It runs ok today but you know it won't last.

goodtime1212

60 percent of the trouble is in 10 percent of the school, if I had a car with 100,000 miles that ran good but needed tires, I would just buy tires, that is living in my budget.

Good 2 B Me

IF you maintain said vehicle properly, there is no reason that it cannot last 300,000 or more miles with routine repairs.

bobshumway92

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donutshopguy

old,

Didn't the official school report say there was human waste under the high school. They said it three times so it has to be true, right?

Then the local health department disagreed.

Saying a lie numerous times does not make the information any more truthful.

oldpirate

there was human waste. They fixed the problem for now. I am sure the health dept would let the school stay open if the waste was leaking presently. I could just hear you then. School isn't doing their job.
I not gonna support them. EXCUSES!

bobshumway92

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donutshopguy

old,

Did you see the human waste?

You are sure the health department would allow the school to be open with human waste flowing under the school?

I'll get a hold of the health department to confirm your guess.

Good 2 B Me

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

GUNNER NEEDS TO GO

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

oldpirate

What I meant is they would close it down. The pipes are old. asbestos is all over the school. Contained for now with paint but not a good situation. The prudent thing is to build new. Band aid repairs just won't do.

bobshumway92

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Common Sense

How long since you have been able to set aside money to fix your house? Has the state made any "adjustments" to your house budget? Are you responsible for the safety of a large number of children daily? For thirteen years, the residents have sat idly by allowing our schools to operate without increased revenue and adding mandates (unfunded by state or federal government). Also, the state has reduced their funding of many schools and yet we want the same or better services than the year before.

Common Sense

How long since you have been able to set aside money to fix your house? Has the state made any "adjustments" to your house budget? Are you responsible for the safety of a large number of children daily? For thirteen years, the residents have sat idly by allowing our schools to operate without increased revenue and adding mandates (unfunded by state or federal government). Also, the state has reduced their funding of many schools and yet we want the same or better services than the year before.

Common Sense

How long since you have been able to set aside money to fix your house? Has the state made any "adjustments" to your house budget? Are you responsible for the safety of a large number of children daily? For thirteen years, the residents have sat idly by allowing our schools to operate without increased revenue and adding mandates (unfunded by state or federal government). Also, the state has reduced their funding of many schools and yet we want the same or better services than the year before.

DLK

So let me ask you this question, oldpirate...just what has the school done with permanent improvement money each year? The purpose of PI is to maintain your buildings. Why hasn't that been done? Most schools in the area are older than Perkins High School with the same if not more problems, yet well maintained.

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