Perkins Schools offers free pizza, levy discussion

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Alissa Widman Neese
Jul 16, 2013

Citizens for Perkins Schools will host a question-and-answer session with Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner at Chet and Matt's Pizza at 6 p.m. tonight.

Anyone can come and ask the group questions about the upcoming August levy vote or general questions about the district.

Chet and Matt's Pizza will provide free pizza and drinks.

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Comments

Bherrle

VOTENO,

Does it say anything to you that local business's are offering support for this levy (C&M's has a big sign out front)? Local business's are supporting this levy, doesn't that speak at all?

VOTENO

It says to me I will be taking my business elsewhere and I'm not the only one.

RMyer

VoteNo: I am curious. Is your stance based on issues with Perkins or something else? I have seen comments on other Register articles dealing with other school districts. You seem to have the same opinions related to other district's financial issues. Help me understand.

Bherrle

Good point & question RMyer. I'm not surprised that they were met with the resounding thud of silence.

Finn Finn

Let me break the "thud of silence" and satisfy Mr. Myer's curiosity, so as to help him "understand." Perhaps VoteNo, and others, simply can't afford to pay more taxes. Does that concept simply escape you or something? Perhaps VoteNo is offering empathy and/or support to other financially strapped taxpayers in other school districts? Are you aware that not everyone makes $55,000+ a year? Are you aware that not everyone gets yearly 3-4% raises in their salary? Some people are struggling to live on 25, 30, 35,000 / year. They have cut corners, they don't take vacations, they have old cars, old phones, old T.V.'s, and are still struggling. You "yes" folks need to step out of your comfortable "able to pay the bills" lives and look at those who are (far) less fortunate. Frankly, I believe a lot of people, particularly those who are struggling financially, look at you "yes" people and see a bunch of spoiled, self-centered brats.

Mr. Myer can obsessively post page after page of commentary about property values, "overworked" AD's and principals, school ratings and township tax rates. I can only ask Mr. Myer - what part of "can't afford new taxes" do you not understand?

Imataloss

Voting no, doesn't make it any better, it will just make it worse. Eventually, the levy will pass or the State will take over and the state taking over doesn't necessarily mean cheaper. Passing the levy now results in lower millage and taking advantage of the rollback that will expire.

RMyer

I absolutely get that there are people struggling; everyone will have to vote based on his or her family situation. That is the true for any levy vote (senior services, parks, fire, police/township, library, schools etc.). I support this levy and school district plan because it is the lowest cost option. The district has gone 18 years with just 2.9 mills in additional money in 2000. We have been fortunate that our district has been able to do that.
As for being "spoiled": my truck is 11 years old, van is 5 years old, cell flip-phone at least 5 years old, one vacation in the past six years, household income down from two years ago, child in college, one in the high school. I understand . . . that is why we need to pass the levy now, before it gets more expensive.

Finn Finn

No, you don't get that people are struggling. You can afford the increase in your taxes, right? Some people can't, understand? Your household income, which you claim is down from two years ago, is no doubt still more than some school district households will EVER bring in. You don't get it. Another tax expense, particularly one this size, will cause tremendous hardship for some folks. Do you think the school will be the ONLY tax increase in the next few years? Everyone is asking for more money. Further, EVERYTHING gets more expensive as time goes by. That doesn't mean we need to pass every levy the school puts on the ballot just because teachers, members of the school board and the superintendent CAN AFFORD an increase in their taxes. The "lowest cost option" for a lot of folks, school teacher, is no new taxes!

Laughing

Yet they can afford a newspaper and internet subscription.

Finn Finn

You should think before you attempt to make smart aleck comments. Anyone can log onto the Internet for free at a public library. Stop trying to "one up" for God's sake. Some people simply can't afford a tax increase. It's not exaggeration, it's not selfishness. It's simply the facts for some people.

Laughing

Hahaha, good try. Don't you notice it's the same people over and over blogging? Look at the times and days of their blogs. That's a lot of driving from Perkins Township to a library. I guess they open early and stay open late for the bloggers. What a joke.

Strong Schools ...

Why don't you take your business out of Sandusky then! There are a lot of businesses that support the schools.

Laughing

Pretty sure Chet and Matt's will be just fine without your business. Doubt they'll be closing down anytime soon. Get a life.

Bherrle

Swimfan,

I have posted your question at http://www.perkins.k12.oh.us/Lev..., for the Athletic Director or Super to respond to.. I'll also post the answer here when they respond.

Bherrle

Swimfan,

The negotiated agreement with the Perkins Education Association (teacher’s union) dictates how supplemental coaching contracts are to be paid. The contract calls for a separate coaching contract for a boys sport and a girls sport. So…for the sport in question (Swimming) the coach is entitled to both contracts as he is taking on the responsibility for both teams. Any change to this current status would require negotiation with the local teachers’ union.

ohioredbabe

Thank you Chet and Matt's for your service to the Perkins Community! You are appreciated! And your pizza is loved by many!

bobshumway92

Well, I was going to get two large pizzas there tonight for takeout like I always do but I will now drive around to see which pizza establishments are staying neutral in this. First one I see without a ridiculous yes for the students or whatever kind of levy sign in their window will get my business now and after the vote.

Imataloss

Guess you will be driving around in Sandusky then...a lot of Perkins businesses (who will foot 50% of the tax increases) are FOR this levy. They understand the value of a strong school and the economic impact it has on their businesses. Decreased property values does not build business.

donutshopguy

Imataloss,

Not sure I can name any other food establishment that has taken a positive or negative stance on this levy. Could you list those establishments ?

When your business survives on the general public it's not in their best interest to take sides on a controversial issue. The last levy lost by 65% of the vote. Alienating that many people is not a health business practice.

Common Sense

Donut Shop Guy,
Perkins Restaurant on Route 250. Also, there are signs in Sandusky supporting our levy.

bnjjad

Your choice obviously, but go right ahead and hurt local businesses who, you know, help pay taxes and bring in money to the district. (money that could be used to prevent any future increases)

Vote Informed

I'm glad to see businesses putting out signs to support the children of our township. It shows how much people in our community care about each other and our children. My family and I enjoyed some delicious pizza tonight! Happy to see that the businesses of our area care as much as us parents do!!

Bherrle

Bob,

You do realize how transparent that threat is, don't you? No matter, Chet & Matts has gained my families business, and that of others, so no harm.

bobshumway92

What threat? No one is making threats. Keep spinning. You all are great at it

Strong Schools ...

Oh Bobby, You are the best spinner of all! Support the students in August, then go to Chet and Matts for some pizza!

bnjjad

I was looking at moving into the Perkins District (no kids either) however all of this fighting and hostility has given me pause on building my new home here. I think I will look elsewhere first. (it has nothing to do with potential tax increases though)

Not sure I want to be part of a community that boycotts local businesses because of their opinion and generosity. I wonder if they would boycott their own family or friends if they were against them.

bobshumway92

Good. Build in Sandusky.

bnjjad

Perfect reason!

VOTENO

See ya

ohioredbabe

I am so sorry bnjjad. Please realize that a lot of the nay sayers and hostile grumpy people on these blogs do not show a good representation of the Perkins Community. The hostile grumpies are just really upset now that we are blogging the facts back at them and not allowing them to have this forum to themselves. I can certainly understand your rethinking whether to build in Perkins. Your post speaks volumes. Thank you for posting your thoughts. Maybe it will make some people think. I hope it does.

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