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. 



Unbelievable! Hey Gunner, NO means NO!


How can anyone who is an American and believes in democracy and the sanctity of voting accept what these people are doing? This surely has to offend some people. We really need laws that prevent entities from serially forcing us to vote all the time. This school board is really showing the voters what they think of us.


Yep, and we are getting more and more upset and vocal about their crap!!! Some people who voted yes are now going to vote no just because they are getting pissed at the BOE for all their games! This November election will probably be the largest NO vote so far if they don't fire Gunner! We're tired of GUNNER GAMES!

Perkins Resident

My family and I are in that category Cowboy. We voted yes on all the past levies, but after this we will be voting no as long as we have the current leadership. No means no.


Same here cowboy. If we stay in the District. Denny is our first choice now.



My thoughts

At most it would be four times a year, not "all the time". With the ability to send in absentee ballots these days it hardly takes that much effort. It's not like you need to read about this issue as your mind is already made up and probably won't change.


Thought this article on NBC News yesterday was interesting...


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Good 2 B Me

The BOE and Gunner are sending quite an interesting message to the kids. If you don't get what you want, bully. If bullying does not work, lie. If lying does not work, BULLY HARDER! Fine job of leading by example!

We need a vote of No Confidence!


Gunner has not liked what we, the voter, have said for a while now. This just reaffirms what we all have been saying all along. He moves money despite what we want! He does NOT care about us! He does NOT respect our decisions as voters! He does NOT understand democracy! THIS IS NOT A DICTATORSHIP!!! WE SAID NO!!! WE MEAN NO!!! WE ARE DONE PLAYING GAMES WITH YOU GUNNER!!! Every voting taxpayer in Perkins should be offended by your behavior.


Good 2 B Me,
Also, I heard that at OVH,(from an election worker) coaches were bringing residents down in their wheelchairs, and student were telling them how to vote, and these residents did not even know what they were voting for... The election workers put a stop to it, but that just sickens me to think the lessons they are teaching students. Lie, cheat, steal to get what you want. Where is the honesty??!!

Good 2 B Me

That is as low if not lower than having the kids hand out free ice cream and propaganda.


I think we need to go ask the vets at OVH how they few about people that take away their votes. They gave their years and their blood for democracy and now the BOE, a bunch of wimpy sissies can take away their rights that Hitler's SS Stormtroopers or Hirohito's Samurai couldn't take.


Did you know that they had the Perkins baseball coach and the girls softball team taking the OVH residents down to vote? I wonder what the results were overall? LOW, LOW,LOW....You get what you deserve I the long run!!


Swimfan and Webster: I called the Board of Elections to verify whether or not an issue occurred regarding residents from the Ohio Veterans Home being brought to the polls and could not recite their names. She verified that there was indeed an issue of veterans brought to polls and unable to respond (name).
It has been rumored that the Perkins baseball coach (supplemental) and employee of OVH along with the girls softball team transported them to polls.
It is shameful, disrespectful, pathetic (I could go on and on) to treat these heroes in such a manner. I cannot believe Gunner and his crew could step so LOW for a yes vote. Have you no conscience?


You look like nice folks so I'm gonna give you a clue how to pass a levy........ fire Gunner and put the millage back to what it was before the extra 2mill. Find some private corporation to fund the additional millage. THEN IT WILL PASS FOR SURE!!! Otherwise, I'm VOTING NO AGAIN!


@Perkins Resident - Bellevue Schools has endured some tough times in the past but it has built a lot of positive momentum from the new elementary and middle schools last year to renovations at the high school this year and I know they have open enrollment.


Perkins ought to look at Port Clinton. They tried to get a building levy passed and it failed several times. Did they unethically move operating funds? No, they stayed off the ballot for a year, did research, asked what the community wanted, and came back the next year with a revised plan. This happened for several years, I believe. Guess what? They passed the levy and opened two new schools last year (without moving a dime of operating funds!). What they DIDN'T do was arrogantly keep putting the exact same levy up every time! Get a clue, Perkins!


....and they got the federal stimulus money that Perkins didn't get because so many folks were hung up about a fountain on an architect's rendering.


What fountain?


In the architects drawings from the first attempt at getting the new high school and middle school built (separate buildings at the time, with about a third of the money coming from the Federal Stimulus Program) depicted a fountain in a round-a-bout on one of the roads leading into the campus.

Many folks in the community looked upon that with ire, seeing it as a symbol of wasteful spending for buildings that many felt we did not need.

I'll put it out there now that the levy vote has taken place. I do in fact work in the Perkins district. When Dr. Gunner came on board, one of the first things that he told us, as a staff, was that in his mind, we were on the ground floor of training students for jobs that haven't even been invented. In my opinion, that was a very powerful statement.

As many of the people opposed to the levy (and/or the administration) stated, this community has changed. It certainly has. Despite not "being a part of the community" (which has been a bur under many a saddle for voters) Dr. Gunner (with the blessing of the board) approached his helm with the district by being what some might call "forward thinking." This is one of the main reasons for Perkins becoming a "1 to 1 laptop district." We were, and to a degree still are, on the cutting edge when it comes preparing students to think in the global community that they are going to be a part of. They aren't just going to be competing with the student at the desk next to them for "that job" in the future. They're going to have to compete with students from all over the planet.

The pursuit of a new high school/middle school, in my opinion, isn't one of "look at me, I got a building built"....but rather a natural progression for the direction that the board and Dr. Gunner have chosen to take the district. Could they have done a better job of promoting their vision of "21st century learning" to the community? That is evident after the vote this spring. Could the community have taken a more "lets see what they've got to say" approach to what they were/are attempting to accomplish? Probably, but we are all well within our rights to be as active, or inactive, in the political process as we wish.

I'm not half the expert on school finances that RMyer is, so I'm not going to pretend to be, but I think that I can say with confidence that Dr. Gunner and the board have done an admirable job at not having to go to the community for financial support until very recently.

Lastly, while the results didn't turn out the way I had hoped, isn't it great that we live in a country where we get to have these debates/discussions about issues that spark our passion?

Edwin Ison

A simple question.
Why did Gunner not shore up the operations budget BEFORE moving money away?
Was it incompetence or arrogance?


That is a question that I cannot answer.


Your hero Gunner and the board never had to ask for money before because they were riding on the back of 20 years of sound financial management. They started to need money when their overspending caught up with them. No money was ever set aside for buildings and improvements because that money was squandered on laptops so students can post blog comments at 3am on a weeknight.



If you are referring to the current blogs, or any in fact since the end of the school year, that is not possible. The students turn in the laptops at the end of every school year.


You really don't get it! The objection to the previous plan was that it did not represent a savings to the taxpayer. It represented getting twice as much as they would've for the money. That is a big difference.


How much does this cost to put the same stuff up for "re-vote." While not from this zone, similar things like this happen everywhere.


Looks like they better learn to start working with what they the rest of us have to do. Only once that is appreciated will there be a chance of a levy passing. Unfortunately they will make darn sure that it is the kids that suffer with another failed levy :/ Too bad we don't vote for who we put in charge of these dollars.


This is deplorable. This is contempt of democracy. If the levy had passed I would have shrugged and accepted that idiots outnumbered sane and rational people. But I would have lived with it and had the humility of a McCain or Romney "the voters have spoken" concession speech. This is just sickening.