Perkins Schools to try for levy third time this year

Board members place identical levy on November ballot, appoint Chris Gasteier as Meadowlawn Intermediate School principal
Alissa Widman Neese
Aug 7, 2013

Perkins Schools is going back on the ballot.

At a meeting this morning, school board members approved placing a 10-year, 6.73-mill emergency operating levy on the November ballot. The deadline to place the issue on the ballot is this afternoon.

The proposed levy is identical to the levy that failed Tuesday, with 54 percent voting against it.

Also at the meeting, board members agreed to appoint Perkins Schools communications director Chris Gasteier as principal of Meadowlawn Intermediate School for the upcoming school year.

Dean Stanfield, the school's former principal, was appointed Perkins High School assistant principal to fill a vacancy after Nick Neiderhouse, former Perkins High School assistant principal, resigned this summer for a job at Maumee Schools.

Pick up a copy of tomorrow's Register to hear reactions about the levy's failure from community members who attended Wednesday's meeting.

Note: This post has been modified to reflect it will be an emergency levy. 



Sandusky will gladly educate your children! I am sure deadlines will be broken in lieu of the recent levy failure.

Brick Hamland

Send them to St. Mary's. They have new leadership there that is simply out of this world. The class sizes are great for kids to get individual attention. A lot of people get scared off by the tuition, but the school has scholarship programs available and I am sure they will be making an active effort to assist Perkins students to enter the school system at an affordable rate. If you look at the success rate from graduates: going to and graduating from college it is astounding. Good luck.


My husband and I look at tuition as an investment in our kids' futures. Sure, it's a sacrifice, but I can tell you first hand it's so worth it in the end! Our oldest just graduated, and was part of a class who was offered, as a whole, more than $4 million in scholarships to universities. I believe the class of 33 students accepted (scholarship money they are actually using) almost $1.4 million. The school worked so hard to help these kids find scholarship opportunities. I could not have been more pleased with the education he received.

High school students can also take - at no extra charge and on SMCC's campus - post secondary classes that will generally transfer as coursework already completed when they start college. Many kids from SMCC graduate from high school with a semester or two of college already done.

I encourage anyone even slightly interested to call the school's admission office with questions. There's an ad in today's Register with the phone number.


That is an option. Just remember that they are not state regulated. This can work for, and against, you.


St. Mary's here come my kids! Go Panthers!


Need to know if my tax dollars will go to Perkins Schools if I send my kids to SMCC. If the dollars stay, I will open enroll them to another district.


You will still pay taxes to Perkins, they will not go to SMCC. They will follow you to another public school though.


Hi JEF. So the tax dollars I pay will stay in Perkins? If so, I'm on the phone immediately with Margaretta.



Licorice Schtick

Not exactly correct. If you send your kid to another school district, then substantial per-student state money goes there instead of your home district. That's the money districts are after when they opt for open enrollment.


Then I'm leaning towards Margaretta or Huron. This District will not get a dime from me as long as my kids are in school.


Thanks for the info.

My thoughts

Were you able to enroll your children in Margaretta schools Perkins2060? I would suggest you move there to so your kids won't feel like outsiders. My children would have been really upset if I moved them during their school years because I didn't like the direction of the District. Kudos to you.


The district will still get plenty of your dimes - every penny of local property tax will stay right where it is. All that will follow your kids is the state subsidy attached to your kids, which comes from the state's general fund, fueled by state income taxes.


Public tax dollars will not follow to a Catholic school.


Your tax dollars stay in whatever district you live in, my children go to SMCC and we live in the Huron.I pay for Huron schools and I have voted "yes for there levies, several times through out the years" We are not rich by any means but the education and the community service life lessons they receive is worth the money. We would love to have you at SMCC!

Tsu Dho Nimh

The state does not allow tax dollars to follow a child to private schools. SMCC offers an excellent education to the students but the parents must pay. Open enrollment in another public school district is free. If Perkins follows through with the cuts and the pay to play, parents will have some tough decisions to make.


It will now cost you even more!!!


An additional, one-time factor in Tuesday’s election is a recently approved portion of the new state budget.

Citizens for Perkins Schools members are urging voters to approve the levy now, rather than later, because an identical Perkins Schools levy will cost taxpayers more starting in September, according to the budget.

Until this year, the state paid a portion of approved levies through two tax exemptions, one 10 percent and one 2.5 percent, Erie County auditor Rick Jeffrey said. Now, according to the new budget, taxpayers will pay the entirety of future levies.

Simply put: If approved in August, the levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $206 per year. If the levy fails and is approved in November, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $236 per year, a 14.25 percent increase of $30.

Existing and renewal levies will not be affected by the tax exemption changes.

“It’s so important voters understand the urgency to pass this now, when it costs them less,” said John Schlessman, a sub-committee chair. “We’re doing everything we can these last few days to help educate and inform people so the can get out and vote based on the facts.”


It costs even less if they vote it down in November, too.


Can someone please explain to me why Mr. Gasteier was removed as principal of Perkins High School a couple years ago but is acceptable as a Meadowlawn principal?

I don't understand the logic.


Good 'ol Boy? I have no idea. Good question though.


He lost the communication director position so now they need to throw him a bone. And was the Meadowlawn principal position advertised, or was it just given to him?


Is it true?

Good 2 B Me

True Story!


@DSG - you read my mind! I was just wondering the same thing.....

The New World Czar

Now the newest talking point will be that the district has saved money by eliminating the communications position.

Either way, IMO when he was principal at PHS he was a nice guy but not the disciplinarian that the current principal is, and if there is one thing that improved, it has been the tightening of the rules for the students and the employees.


Gunner needed to get rid of the Communication Director job to show the union that administration is also being effected. He saves face to the union and taxpayers for this NEEDLESS job.
It would have been demeaning and embarassing to place him as an assistant principal at the high school. Gunner would have had to move Mark Dahlman.
This plan has been in the works for some time now. I think a better plan would have been to place Mr. Gasteier at Briar School and remove Steve Finn. He retired and was rehired at $77,000 (double dipping).
The school could have hired a new principal at less expense for Meadowlawn.


How much is their pension, they should not double dip. Give a job to someone who needs it!


FACT: A retire/rehire is significantly less expensive than hiring someone else.


Same way the Obozo administration shuffles around people, they say they fire them after events like Benghazi but place them somewhere else at the same pay scale. Politics!