Unofficial results: Perkins levy fails

About 54 percent of township voters opposed tax levy
Sandusky Register Staff
Aug 6, 2013

Unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections shows the Perkins School District levy lost by about 340 votes. 

The final tally of the 4,624 votes cast, according to the elections office:

• Against the levy: 2,482, or about 54 percent of the total.  

• For the levy: 2,142, or about 46 percent of the total.  

Be sure to pick up Wednesday's Register for reactions and comments from voters and school officials. 

 

Comments

fifteenthgreen

Why was it hush hush?

fifteenthgreen

Wage increases?

WesTaylor

No. Increase in health care costs, and pay freezes for the next 3 years minimum.

fifteenthgreen

Respectable decision.

citizen

The district will be dismantled.

We will no longer have the Perkins School District.

All students will pay $730 per extracurricular/sport activity.

14 teachers laid off.

Buildings that pose an immediate threat to the safety and well-being of students and community.

Let's see how many of those threats come to pass....

Board, the ball is in your court. Get rid of Gunner.

fifteenthgreen

Time to back it up BOE and Gunner!

WesTaylor

They already have happened. Several students quit volleyball and football today. The teachers were released at the beginning of the month. sad.....

fifteenthgreen

Agree. Sad for now, Wes.

WesTaylor

Not true. Not even close. They were all notified to look elsewhere for a job.....some of the best teachers I have met, too! So sad.

Edwin Ison

You must be furious with Gunner and the board!

Bherrle

Nope. I'm perplexed by the people that didn't come out to vote, and by the 2,482 people who voted no.

In my opinion, you don't realize how good you have it here. You don't know what you got, till it's gone.

Be careful what you wish for folks, you might just get it.

fifteenthgreen

Check back in a few weeks. Watch! For example, are they really going to let John K. teach that band program by himself. Over 150 kids. No way!

WesTaylor

They got rid of band in Meadowlawn and Briar......So he just has to be at the high school. Not to be rude, but it seems as though you have been misinformed....

fifteenthgreen

But we're keeping one HS Chinese teacher and an expensive laptop program?

WesTaylor

Chinese teacher is free to the district. How expensive is the laptop program? I am asking because you said it is expensive, so I am assuming you know how much.

fifteenthgreen

According to RMyer, a middle school teacher and the treasurers report, the laptop lease exceeds $250,000 annually! You have to agree that this could have been one area that we could have found a way around to save jobs and programs. Implement a computer/laptop lab fee to cover costs. I had to provide my own.

FearistheMindKiller

Have to agree on the laptop computer program. Although I can see some of the benefits, all in all it created an expensive support infrastructure and truly wasn't needed. It did make it easier for teachers to keep in touch with the students, and for the students to have all their assignments organized electronically. As well as easy submission of homework. However, for years most of us did this without laptops.

I say get eliminate bussing before teachers.

VOTENO

So you are a teacher! LOL!

FearistheMindKiller

VoteNo,

So if we used your logic would that make you a bus driver? Seriously, your comments make no logical sense. I on the other hand use sarcasm and dry puns to make a few points. Poor Bob actually wants to duke it out now!

Isn't that an invasion of privacy to try and call me on out on my profession? Aren't many voter no people screaming about how nobody should tell them what to spend their money on, but yet you're goading others to try and point out their job? You seem to be a little excited by the possibility of me being a teacher and the joy it that might consume you if you could have a target that is employed by the school district.

And what if I was a janitor for the schools that cleaned crappy toilets and mopped dried ketchup off the cafeteria floor? Would it matter then? Would you care if I were a landscaper who busted his butt 12 hours a day all summer to make a living? Or a railroad engineer that had to spend long hours away? How about a doctor that is interested in having a modern progressive community that cares for it's schools and the future of our children?

I doubt you could really care about any of those scenarios. No, I'm not a teacher. I know one thing, a lot of citizens in Perkins hate teachers, employees of the school system and people that support the schools.

The bitterness of the vote no crowd is overwhelming and noxious. I seriously doubt any vote no'ers would vote yes even if Gunner moved to Perkins Twp., got fired or if he came up with some magic formula to find solvency. You're minds are set, so really this is all just a playground of words and barbs being traded back and forth that accomplishes nothing but makes people feel good that they could post their feelings on the SR anonymously. Sorry Bob if I offended you, but I acted on the moment and had to laugh when I saw your typo, which is not unusual with iPhones, they are pesky on the thumbs.

Have a lovely evening.

Good 2 B Me

The 'Best' Teachers would not be let go. They would find a way to keep the best.

WesTaylor

I can't name names, but I can assure you....some really talented teachers are gone. They are already at other districts.

coasterfan

Good 2 B: In a situation such as this, good teachers leave for better pastures. The job is hard enough when you have a chance to succeed. If you suddenly had to do the job of 2 people, and had an opportunity to work in another district where #1: people support education and #2: you aren't overworked, what would YOU do?

VOTENO

I would petition Gunner to stop open enrollment.

Good 2 B Me

I would do what is in my best interest. I would never consider being a teacher. So, I guess that solves my issue

KnuckleDragger

Good luck with that. Most districts in Ohio are not doing great economically. In fact Ohio is one of the most difficult states in the nation to get a teaching job in. Either districts are cutting back or you have to know someone (ie: have a family member teaching for the district) to get in.

eriemom

Yep. Had to keep coaches and multi-age teachers.

WesTaylor

what does multi-age teachers have to do with anything? The cost is the exact same. Weird comment.

eriemom

"The 'Best' Teachers would not be let go. They would find a way to keep the best".

Related to this post. What is weird is that you didn't include the coach part. True?

Edwin Ison

They quit even before the vote was tallied?

WesTaylor

Yes. I know a few of them who already found jobs elsewhere..... our loss. Man, this hurts.

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