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

Common Sense

Unfunded state and federal mandates, rewrite of industrial tax laws, and thirteen years losing industrial revenue, state funding, and property tax losses (my neighbor owes a tidy sum) added to thirteen years without any new operating income. Do the math!

Wald

"asbestos is all over the school." More of your "inaccuracies".

Suitcase Simpson

Based on his attitude, I think Old might be the human waste under the school!!!!!!!!!!

bobshumway92

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Tribester

Old pirate, you're wasting your time debating the flat earth society here on this board. The school could be on fire and bobshumway92 would say it just needs a new coat of paint and it would be good as new. I wonder if the Vote No crowd has the courage to display their ignorance to their neighbors with a Vote No sign in their front yard? I won't hold my breath waiting for that to happen. While you're at it Vote No crowd, I dare you to put a Vote No Perkins Police in your front yard. Cowards all!

bobshumway92

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donutshopguy

Tribester,

The Police Levy is "just a replacement levy". Except for the additional $900,000 additional taxes hidden in this "replacement levy".

It's important for the voting public to review the information supplied by local bureaucrats.

Vote what is best for yourself and your family.

Wald

The post by Tribester says it all. Typical arrogant pro-levy bullying tactics.

Suitcase Simpson

Wow, Gunner threatens the voters with his budget projection and now tribester threatens everyone who is going to vote no. And throws in a threat about the equally 'shell-game' tactic they're using on the police levee! They just don't get any lower than the tribester and the gunner. Make that Vote NO on BOTH LEVIES!!

bobshumway92

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doglegright

SB5.. Miss me yet??

"The Friedman Foundation for Economic Choice recently released a study that showed the amount of administrators (non-teachers) in the K-12 public education system has increased over 700 percent since 1950."

http://news.silobreaker.com/publ...

donutshopguy

old,

What is your vote worth? What is your child's vote worth? What is your grandchild's vote worth? What is your great grandchild's vote worth?

Are willing to give up yours and their rights to bureaucrats? Sure sounds like it. So sad.

underthebridge

DLK asks a great question:

"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:

Common Sense

Check out the reply posted by me.

lugnut2511

Kind of like the police, build a new station, then tell the public there may have to be cuts made..Sounds like the townhall needs a shaken up some

Truth or Fiction

I have one question for all those who continally decry the cost of public education - What is your answer to educating the youth of America?

bobshumway92

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BW1

My answer is that there is ZERO correlation between per pupil spending and outcome. The USA has the highest per pupil spending and the worst results in the industrialized world. My answer is that public education, like all government institutions, will waste as much money as you give it, and so it's up to the voters to control it.

donutshopguy

Truth,

My answer is that the public in each school district should decide what is best for their community. If you don't agree with the majority vote of the community you can move, open enroll your child in another school or try to change the majority's minds.

If a new school needs to be built than it is the school board's responsibility to inform the public . If the public doesn't agree with their conclusion ,than the school board did not do their job well enough to obtain a majority approval.

Today, the superintendent and school board must feel they can't adequately express their conclusion so they are attempting to eliminate the public vote on the building of a new school. The maneuvering of millage is the start of the process. Then additional money is needed to replace the orchestrated money transfer from the operating side of funding.

I do not want bureaucrats only to decide if we need a new building. The majority of the public in this school district should make that decision.

Holding true to my American values,integrity and deep conviction in our country I must vote "no" on the upcoming operating levy.

littlemary69

For those of you who are voting NO so angrily, had that board come to you and ASKED for your vote instead of manipulated you as you feel that have, would your vote still be no? Or would you then have voted yes? It sounds like you are voting no because you are being manipulted not asked.

If this board had not switched money around to build your football stadium, would you be so mad about building a school now and if you had state funds helping, would you be voting no? Just wondering after I read all these posts, because that is how it sounds. I am new here and it sounds like that is what you are all saying, especially you, donutshopguy.

donutshopguy

littlemary69,

I met with the superintendent. We discussed the transfer of funds and the new school on two different occasions. These meeting lasted hours. Many suggestions and proposals were discussed.

I was totally for the private funding of the new football stadium. I donated my own money and spent hundreds of hours working on the project.

Entitlement is slowly coming to an end. The federal government is cutting back funds to states. States are cutting back funds to schools and communities. Funding will never be the same.

I am for personal liberty. The liberty to vote on taxes to support the general well being of our community. Our school board is trying to take away on of those liberties. If you vote for the operating level you have agreed with their millage switch. If you agree than you, your children and their children will never be able to vote for or against the building of schools in this community. I am not ready to give up my rights to bureaucrats just to make their life easier. Freedom is not easy. Too many American gave up their lives to protect my freedom. I will not just hand it away.

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BW1

There are two questions for them to ask - about building a new school, and about the funding level of the district.

They asked the first question, were told no, and then opted to defy that answer, by stealing the ongoing funding, and then re-asking the second question, asking voters to fund operations twice.

Donut shop and others here opposing this levy have already pointed out that they've voted for past operating levies. Did you miss that, or are you just one of the mindless syncophants who say yes to everything the board asks without evaluating it?

coasterfan

I hope the anti-education folks won't mind if I point out the huge elephant in the room. Ohio's current system of funding schools via local tax levies was deemed unconstitutional in the late 1990's, and a solution still has not been enacted. Our current governor only made things worse, by cutting funding for education at the state level, forcing local taxpayers to cover an even greater portion of the tax burden.

There, friends, is the real problem. I really don't care if you have an axe to grind against a school administrator. That's not a good reason to vote down a levy, because it hurts nearly a thousand kids in the process. They deserve better. People voted for levies when MY kids were in school, and now I vote for levies so that today's kids can receive what my kids did. I urge those with a conscience to do the right thing for the kids.

donutshopguy

Coaster,

Hope you don't mind if I point out a bigger elephant. The government intrusion into our personal liberty to fund this entitlement.

Federal, state and local bureaucrats are manipulating laws to continue to fund programs without public vote. Case in point, the attempt of building a new school in Perkins Township without a public vote on the issue. If fact, they have orchestrated a situation where you will never get to vote on a school building.

I'm not against supporting my local schools. This will be the first time I have ever voted against a reasonable request to fund education.

My elephant is a symbol of freedom. Your elephant is a symbol of entitlement.

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BW1

Coaster, the elephant is dead. The DeRolph decision was purely political and it's going nowhere. There is no solution to enact that doesn't make things worse - it's been tried, from Los Angeles to Vermont, with disastrous results.

For the most part, kids whose parents value and understand education will achieve and learn, and kids whose parents don't, won't. The former group will seek to locate and school their kids so as to limit their exposure to the influence of the latter group's kids, and the socialist dreamers will work to thwart them and to take ever more of our money to waste on doomed attempts at overcoming parental ignorance and apathy. The best anyone can do is raise your kids to want to learn, and put your district on a financial diet.

Common Sense

Thank you!

Common Sense

Thank you!

PerkinsVoter

I vote NO! My taxes went up while others went down. I am paying over $400 more in taxes than last year. I cannot afford home maintenance, better health care and a much needed operation. Soon I will not be able to pay my property taxes and the sheriff will sell my home. Oldpirate thinks that I am self centered because I am broke. My bank account is now zero.

Common Sense

Your situation is only because of the school? Doubtful.

PerkinsVoter

Oldpirate is too self centered. Oldpirate should write a $400 check to the school. I did not vote for my $400 property tax increase.

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