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. 



From what I'm being told, the loss was even greater than first reported.


My best guess is the loss would be greater. Look at the spread in the absentee ballots.

True Blue

Sandusky Register, Contact the Board of Elections to get the rules and regulations about wearing shirts, buttons, or pins to your precinct while voting. I seen a poll worker approach a lady who had worn a pro levy shirt to her voting precinct. She was asked to turn the shirt inside out. She was very xissed. Maybe an explantation from the Board of Elections will inform these pro voters what's illegal and this won't happen again. The poll worker was only doing her job.




I purposely refrained from entering the verbal sparring surrounding this levy. I have been a Perkins supporter most of my adult life. I still have a fondness for the Pirates. It grieves me to see such a onetime great school community dragged through mud, public slander, humiliation, name-calling, and just downright meanness by both supporters and opposition. The polarization of the Perkins community will eventually lead to the downfall of the school district. On one hand, I hear interesting phrases quoted from the superintendent such as, "ground floor of training students for jobs not yet invented," "forward thinking educational processes," "cutting edge of global community," and "21st century learning." My goodness, sounds quite lofty and messianic. Then, in re-reading and re-reading the supporting posts, I saw the phrase preceding all this verbiage: "In my mind." BINGO (or CLICK, if a Catholic word bothers you). This superintendent really believes he is the anointed one, a Moses, if you will, ready to lead the masses into the promised land. The Perkins BOE believes. They have bent over backwards to accommodate this prophet of educational prowess, allowing him to reside out of district, paying extra travel expenses, following his vision of how the chosen people shall travel to that promised land of milk, honey, not yet invented careers and global community and cutting edge educational expertise.

In the meantime, money was spent on a football field. Inside millage was moved to support the vision of a new, complete, cutting edge facilities, a Taj Mahal of educational nirvana that would be worthy of the adoration of all the people.

But he forgot something. He forgot the people he was hired to serve, the people of Perkins Township and their children. In his quest for supremacy, he alienated those who really do care for their community by threats, layoffs, impossible fees, rudeness, arrogance, and perhaps even fraud. He used people. Good grief, he used KIDS. Now the community is fractured. Now the kids WILL suffer. It did not have to be this way.

One has to learn to lead a horse to water, that he may drink. One does not force a horse's head into the water expecting him to be thankful for the opportunity to relieve his thirst. Show the horse the water. "Explain, explain, and explain" to the horse why this particular water is in his best interest. Do not berate the horse when he balks. Smooth him. Reassure him. A true leader leads, the horse will follow willingly.

Years ago in a land far away, a superintendent insisted a new middle school was needed. It did not matter that the new high school was less than five years old, with the old high school becoming the middle school, as was "tradition." The old high school was immaculate in design. Its facade looked like a castle, complete with two towers with pointed roofs on each end. It was a beautiful building and wonderfully landscaped. But this superintendent wanted a new school. It was voted down. Three times. Suddenly the State Fire Marshall "declared" the middle school (old high school) hazardous and condemned the building. I saw this superintendent present slides at a Kiwanis meeting to show the leaking classroom windows, peeling hallway ceiling paint, paper towels strewn on the floors in a couple of boys' restrooms, and a water fountain that did not work in a hallway. His presentation did not have the effect he wanted. The "special" election for a new middle school (by now the 4th) lost by a margin of 89% against, a total thrashing. That summer the old school was torn down. The community was outraged. That superintendent was fired within six months. The BOE was totally replaced within a year. The community made do with a pieced together school building and temporary trailers for classrooms. Classes were held in shifts. Certain grades went in the mornings, certain grades in the afternoons. It took that community FORTY years to pass a levy for a new middle school. I know. It was MY school. That all happened in 1972. THIS fall, 2013, that new middle school will open its brand new doors, and I will be there in tears welcoming our new students into their new world.

I can only hope and pray the Perkins kids learn that the adults in this situation are NOT looking out for THEM, but for themselves and their own egos. They are watching, listening, and learning. What are you really teaching them. Think. Think. Think again.

Good luck kids. I wish you a future bright with hope and fortune. GO PIRATES!!!


Excellent summary!

The New World Czar

How many of these "recent graduates" that are out of or not in college and registered under their parent's household (recruited by the pro-levy committee) voted? If they don't live in the district, isn't this against voting laws?

My thoughts

Are you implying that recent grads who have established residency elsewhere (living at college does not count) registered in Perkins and voted? If so, report the person(s) as this is a serious offense.


Leave Perkins! Period!

God Of Thunder

Today's feature show is "Pinocchio"

Jim Gunner as Geppetto
The Perkins Board of Education all as Pinnoccio


Geppetto creates puppets and attaches strings to them to act out his fantasies, and to blow smoke up a communities a** and makes them think what he thinks. They all respond quite willingly and become robots with no CPU...


Can a teacher/coach that has been laid off and is currently drawing unemployment, work or assist any program they were associated with...for free? Was his name/position used as a pawn to get votes?

My thoughts

Who are you talking about-Burrows? Anyone who passes a BCI background check is able to volunteer to help a program. He may even continue to be the track coach if he and the Athletic Department both want to continue the relationship, assuming you inferring about Burrows.


Well voters I guess you were not smart enough to get it right the first 2 times soooo we will let you try again.....LOL

local man

If people chose to enroll their students in another school program due to not being able to pay the pay to play fees I would get an attorney involved with the matter if they were denied eligibility to play sports. The purpose of the sit down rule is to deny recruiting between schools. There is a student who transferred from Perkins to play for Sandusky and did not sit out a season, I watched him on ESPN several times during NCAA baseball. Fees to be in concert Band and Concert choir, to be a cheerleader, 15K in salaries for Boys Basketball, what a joke!

My thoughts

He and his family moved to Sandusky.


I contacted the Veterans Home about the issue. They said the claim was untrue.

Still, I would not put this past the Perkins administration to allow. I am highly considering contacting both Fox 8 and WOIO, for what it's worth, to investigate further.


The poll workers said it was true....And they stopped it...


The Erie County Board of Elections has confirmed there was an issue.

My thoughts

You go girl, or guy. Right those wrongs.

God Of Thunder

The high school gives extra credit to kids, if they are old enough to vote, to go to the polls and vote FOR the Perkins issues. This has gone on for years, and I don't want any backlash because you supporters out there probably know this is true.. Of course it will be denied, so believe what you want.


As a graduate of Perkins, I can vouch for this.


Shameful. Perkins Schools bribing votes.

God Of Thunder

Thank you...some actual honesty in this whole mess.. I vote for you for future board member and I will support you as interim superintendent.


Credit was given for all those who showed proof of voting whether it be a yes or no. Although, I believe it was implied that all students would show their "pride" with a yes vote.


They are also transported to their respective voting precincts via a school bus. I have no problem with this from an educational standpoint provided they are not coerced on how to vote.


Liability and costs associated with this practice?


Approved class field trip.


My apologies. I misunderstood you. Please disregard!


This is patently false.

There was a district in Southern Ohio, which provided a list of candidates of only one party to their voters when they took them to the polls. This is the reason that this legislation was passed in 2011.

Prior to this did we take students to the polls via bus (if they chose to go during school)? Yes.

Were they compelled to go during the school day? No they weren't.

Did anyone traveling with those students tell them how to vote? Nope.
How do I know this? Because I was one of those individuals that traveled with them prior to the passing of this legislation in 2011.

Did the students get to look at a copy of what the ballot they would be handed prior to going to the polls? Yes they did, not unlike any other registered voter who can see what the sample ballot looks like.

If you have legitimate reasons for being displeased with the administration, that is absolutely your prerogative, but resorting to lying about this to attempt to sway people who may take your statement at face value, without checking, is undignified.


Is there an official list of the 14 teachers that were cut anywhere?