For Perkins Schools, it's 'Yes' and 'No'

District voters kill 4.98-mill additional levy, approve 2-mill renewal (Updated 9 p.m. with final tally)
Sandusky Register Staff
May 7, 2013

Perkins voters will decide the fate today of two levies the school district has on the ballot — one a renewal, the other a request for new money.

 

The 4.98-mill, 10-year additional levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $153 a year.

Here are early unofficial results, with all votes tallied:

For: 1,397

Against: 2,535

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The 2-mill, five-year renewal levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $61 a year.

Here are early unofficial results, with all votes tallied:

For: 2,027

Against: 1,918

 

Click here for more Decision 2013 results. 

Comments

donutshopguy

If the regular vote is similar to the absentee ballots than both the school levies will go down to defeat. Again, if this holds true, the school board and superintendent need to pack their bags.

Losing a renewal is a non-confidence vote on the leadership of the school system.

Sharin' Johnson

Think they'll be many absentee ballots for a three issue ballot in May? Prolly not Dunkin.

eriemom

Ok. Deleted because of attached advertisement.

Perkins Resident

It's pretty bad when a renewal levy barely passes. Maybe it's time the board listens to the voters.

jaznjen13

It is a shame that our community can not come together. Yes we might not like the board, but we are hurting the students and staff. All of you that said no should be ashamed of yourselves. Your not punishing Gunner, your just hurting the community, staff and students. Good luck trying to sell your house if we have a terrible school system. You all should have voted yes!

VOTENO

I can turn that around. Change all your yes's to no's.

Gardenman

jaznjen13 I don't think all those who voted NO are punishing Gunner or anyone. It may come as a suprise to yo but some people just might not have the money to pay the additional tax. You know there are some people on fixed incomes and whether you like it or not they don't see the raise in their income that you feel they feel they get.

I always love the reverting to hurting the community, staff and students etc. That's an old campaign tactic worn thin. I doubt it cuts it with majority of voters today. Also, I highly doubt that the defeat of this levy will suddenly result in a terrible school system. There are state standards and again like it or not the State of Ohio does really believe what they fund in the schools does not equal a terrible school system. There are many school districts in SE Ohio etc who actually do educate on that level of funding and do oa pretty good job of it.

Way too often folks moan on what they didn't get and they fail to recognize and respect what they have been given over and above the minimum many school districts have. Count your blessings on what you DO HAVE in a very tough economy. Many people in this community are out of work and sorry to tell when it comes to your desires putting food on their table is more important than keeping you happy at school.

richrs

Well said Garden.

WhyRweHere

NOTHING ELSE CAN BE SAID!! Great post!!

DLK

It is a shame Gunner and his cronies came together to make poor decision. Perkins is still still a good school system that can continue to provide an effective education without a dream campus. If anyone is hurt, look to the school board, not the voters.

samiam

Which one was for funding to build new schools?

donutshopguy

Sam,

The 4.98 mil operating levy was a building levy in disguise. The school board moved about the same amount of operating millage over to permanent improvement millage. The had to replace the operating funds they moved. Through all the smoke and mirrors the voting public realized the truth.

samiam

Thanks, that's what I thought but the renewal stated about permanent improvement levy and I wasn't sure if that was supposed to be for building a new school, since that could be considered a "permanent improvement."

Wald

I'm proud of the Perkins voters today! Thank you for showing that the taxpayers have a voice and won't be stolen from. The renewal nearly went down as well, which should tell Gunner something.

donutshopguy

Sounds like the renewal passed by a 51% to 49% margin.

The building levy disguised as an operating levy was defeated.

VOTENO

Will they now move the money back to the operating budget that they took without our permission?

donutshopguy

My guess is the egos of the board and superintendent will pass this vote off as a non-issue and put the same levy up again.

Mr. Gunner told me that he will keep putting it on the ballot until it passed. That was based on my meeting with him about six months ago.

VOTENO

It's too bad both levies didn't fail. That would have really sent a message. They will be back in August for sure. They will keep coming back until they get what they want. I can't wait to hear their spin.

Curley

Look out voters they will try and sneek a new school through without going to the voters. The levy went down but they will find a way to build a new school. Gunner should live in Perkins not where he does.

underthebridge

I predict that the BOE and Gunner (in their infinite wisdom) will say that the passage of the renewal (which they are now using to fund the building plan) is the community's endorsement of their decision to proceed with the new facilities. They will not look at the defeat of the emergency operating levy as the community saying we don't want you moving funds. They will use this in the way that suits their already ingrained decisions.

VOTENO

I agree with you. By passing the renewal we gave them what they want. It's hard to believe people would pass one and not the other. We will be stuck with this board and Gunner.

VOTENO

If the board and Gunner keep up the threats, parents in Perkins and the surrounding areas need to look at other districts. Huron, Sandusky, Margaretta, etc. all have open enrollment just like Perkins. Wait until the parents pull their kids out of Perkins and send them elsewhere and all that money goes to other districts. All these threats of cutting this and that will come back to haunt them when the parents start pulling kids out because of that.

DLK

Already seeing teachers comments on Facebook how disappointed they are in the voters of Perkins Township. Hey teachers, be disappointed in your boss and school board. They made the decision to put facilities before staff.

If they moved PI money back to operating where they stole it from, no jobs would be lost. Don't blame the voters!

gene44870

And it goes down in defeat again , now the heat is on as to what they will do .
In my opionion , I think with employement rates and the way this state is in , Now would be a bad time as I said before .
I think voters may wander if the condition at Perkins High School as bad as we are lead to believe , or if its just a ploy to get the voters to ok the 5 mil levy .
I know I have my doubts as to what is really bad at that school and what is not . It seems to me if this school is in such sad shape why in the world didnt someone do something before the school got to that point ?{if its true } and why would the school system keep the school open ?
I know I have read every thing I have seen on this sitution , and its got me thinking that its not as bad as we are lead to believe .
I could be wrong , but then I could be right on the money .I have never toured the school and was shown what was wrong and I think that is the board thought it was that bad , instead of talking about it and losing attempts at levies a couple of times , they would have gotten parents involved if nothin else to protect the kids that go there
And why would the board as well as the Parents of students let their kids go to a school that was in such bad shape ?
If its true about the school then I say if nothin else , aprove the levy to protect the kids , but if not , then it was right and the board should replace the whole board in the Nov election

donutshopguy

The school board and superintendent could not pass a building levy the traditional way with public vote. So they concocted a millage move and tried to pass the building levy off as an operating levy. That failed.

For some reason the school board and superintendent are unable to sell the public on a new school.

It can't be their inability to understand their constitutes. It can't be the voting public does not trust them. Might be the voter are just too dumb.

Come on guys....what say you now? (Shawshank Redemption)

Wald

What's oldpirate have to say now?

DLK

He'll be bashing us soon enough.

Perkins2060

I wish the renewal would have failed too.

underthebridge

I hear from many people that the teachers and staff are not satisfied with Gunner, the BOE, and the direction they are leading the schools. Morale is low and this will likely send it lower. Largely, we've been pleased with the teachers our children have had. I do not see this vote as one against the teachers, but Gunner and the BOE have held the students, teachers, and staff for ransom.

Now is the time for the teachers and the employees (through their unions) to present a unified voice objecting to the direction the leadership of the district has taken the schools. When Bucierri was presiding over her rein of terror, the teachers finally said enough and took the matter of confidence in the leadership to their membership who returned a NO CONFIDENCE vote. The time has risen again.

No confidence in Gunner and the BOE.

Perkins2060

I would definitely back the teachers and the union on this.

Good 2 B Me

You and me both!

eriemom

You think that the teacher's union can solve a community problem?

You need to put some thought into this. We scream bloody murder when teachers go on strike. We blame teachers for our economic problems. We know that there is a school funding problem, yet we expect teachers to do our dirty work. When teachers speak out about problems in our buildings or education in general, we taxpayers stop paying them. Until all of us value the voice of our teachers, none of the problems in education will be solved.

eriemom

When trying to discuss low morale and why it is as low as it was when Bucierri was Super, teachers are retaliated against. Do not expect staff to solve this community problem. They have lost their voice. The last time they rose up many in the community did not support them, which resulted in a strike. That strike should not have been necessary and it resulted in trauma for all.

It is the community's turn. Your vote is not enough. Be aware that anything that you do will likely result in more staff retaliation. Every time you see that the board is/has meet in executive session you can assume that this is the case.

Gardenman

Underthebridge you are probably correct but having said that is very hard for teachers alone to change the direction the school leadership is going. I think that rests squarely in the hands of the voters. Last night was an indication to these you speak of their direction is not the right direction. I think what needs to happen is voters telling the Board that the next election we will not support you if you run. Then make it clear that new members on the Board will not endorse the current leadership of the district. Then and only ten will you see things change. They know clearly what is on the line for Board members and key district leaders.

eriemom

Go to tonight's meeting and find out what happens when teachers with courage speak up.

@Gardenman: Go. See if you agree with board decisions. "Very hard for teachers alone" is a serious understatement.

EZOB

More taxes and now My house will be harder to sell. Who wants to live in a conjested area with high taxes? Many want Perkins to be big city, big school, big everything. I moved to Perkins 35 years ago because it was a little community on the edge of the country. Time to sell and move on. I just keep reminding myself of the lack of common sense in an election, same people voted for O'Bama.

KnuckleDragger

Actually, if Perkins Twp incorporated into a city, the school problem would be solved. You see, businesses move to the twp because the twp cannot levy the same taxes on them as a city like Sandusky can, income tax being one of them. If the twp incorporated, all that money being lost by not collecting income tax an business could be recouped and used for the school to the tune of millions of dollars. But then again, some of the businesses would probably just pack up and move to huron twp.

Diane Schaefer

Going with your presumption that the Twp incorp, how does this generate any more $$ for the school? The Twp would be the one collecting the income tax, not the school.

And if there were an income tax would those same businesses locate in the Township? Or would they stay just outside like Kalahari?

And while it is not something I know a lot about, cannot PERKINS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT pass their own school district tax? While I believe it may need to be voted on, it would affect more than just Perkins Township since the school district also includes parts of other township such Huron, Milan, Oxford, Groton, and Margaretta.

KnuckleDragger

The city (not twp if you incorporate) would indeed collect the taxes. What would stop the city from designating a percentage to the school district? I am not aware of a law that forbids it. Heck, there shouldn't be any problem doing it that way because the Ohio Supreme Court already ruled that using property tax levys to pay for schools is unconstitutional, so why are we still funding them this way?

You are right about the school being able to enact an income tax for the school district, and it would have to be voted on. To be honest, this should be the way they go, since it probably has a better chance of passing, since it not only includes all the areas served by the district, it also exempts people on a fixed income, like retirees, from having to pay it. The state exempts retirement, and social security pay from the school income tax. That alone would probably help it pass.

Diane Schaefer

I think if the Twp was to become a "home ruled" twp they could collect income taxes and still remain a township. But that comes with a lot of extra costs.

I think the example of the Ohio Supreme Court ruling that property tax levies cannot be used to pay for schools is for the twp, city, village, etc. And the reason that they cannot use levy funds would probably be the same for an income tax. This would only seem logical since the school itself has the ability to pass both.

But then when has anything that Ohio's government been logical especially with this administration that was only able to balance their budget by stealing from the local governments.

donutshopguy

The disguised building levy (operating levy) was defeated by 64%. The attempt prior to this levy was defeated by 58%.

What number will it take for the superintendent and school board to understand they have a trust issue with the voting public?

This defeat was not directed at the teachers or our educational system per say. This falls on the shoulders of the school board and superintendent.

Gentleman, we are your boss not the other way around. We have lost confidence in your ability to steer the school system in the direction we desire.

oldpirate

You accomplished nothing.You only prolonged the misery and made the end result more expensive. You are like addicts who have to hit rock bottom before making the hard choices. Gunner woke up still has a job. The board has not been affected. However the teachers, students and community are a different story.

donutshopguy

oldpirate,

Just a matter of time.

eriemom

How much time? How many good people will suffer? How many great teachers will suffer retaliation? This problem is on you, the community, the staff cannot solve this problem for you this time.

KnuckleDragger

"How many great teachers will suffer retaliation?"

Isn't that why they have a union? Or are you finally admitting that the teachers union is worthless?

eriemom

You need to ask a teacher, as I have. Eye opening. Do you remember the reactions from Huron teachers?

DLK

He may still have a job, but he won't have a new building. It's too bad he feels his facilities are more important than his staff. Direct your frustration at Gunner and board for poor management of our hard-earned tax dollars.

donutshopguy

old,

If you use your own logic than you should give over all your money now to the federal, state and local governments. Why prolong the misery and make the end result more expensive?

donutshopguy

Thank you to all voters who saw through the smoke and mirrors.

Thank you to all the voters who stood up for their rights to vote for building levies.

Our community, our school, our children.

KnuckleDragger

You forgot...our money!

Matt Easterhold

If they were honest and upfront when this all began I believe the outcome may have been different. The next school board elections will be interesting. I for one will not vote for any current member.

My thoughts

No one will run against them. There are a bunch of disgruntled people in Perkins that talk a big game on a message board but won't put their name on the line. I would love to see some new blood on the school board.

donutshopguy

Dear Mr. Gunner,

It's not your students, your school or your community.

It's ours.

Sincerely,

Perkins Residents

DLK

P.S. Now put OUR money back into operations and lets get back to operating! Or do you feel your staff is not worthy?

one_sandusky_dad

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

Wald

You're in the wrong article. This article is about the good news of the Perkins emergency school levy failing. And oldpirate, we accomplished a lot yesterday! See you in August, when your master wastes more money by putting up the levy again (only to watch it fail for the third time).

Cowboy

SLAM DUNK ON GUNNER! Doing the happy dance!

EZOB

YES VOTERS,
It's way past time that you people step up to the plate. Put up the money where you cast your vote. You want this so bad, you should voluntarily be paying unstead of expecting all residents of Perkins to pay your tab. How bad do you want the new school? I want a new roof and siding but I don't expect my neighbors to pay for it. Yeah, I've seen a lot of you people at charitable events. You want to run the "Show" but when it comes to putting money in the jar you donate the least. Yes, this is the education that Perkins has turned out. They don't have the common sense to understand basic economics. People have a whole lot less money to "GIVE".

The New World Czar

The facade levy and the police levy were along the same line, percentage-wise. Please, give it up- the voters in the township have spoken loud and clear. Get rid of the non-essential programs and personnel and give the taxpayers a better return on their investment.

WhyRweHere

I still wish I knew how a school district, who claims to have such financial problems, now has one of the nicest football stadiums in northern Ohio....I realize Firelands paid most if it, but wouldn't that money have been better spent in education rather than a "state of the art FBI stadium"? Just wonderin....

DLK

The school spent $1.7 from the general fund....hmmm, seems to me that would employ a few teachers losing their jobs today.

Nemesis

Here's the thing - This won't impact what is erroneously labeled "the quality of the schools," because what is really being measured is the educational performance of the students. The schools aren't tested; the students are, and Perkins students will continue to learn, achieve, and perform, just as they did in the past, because it's a function of their desire to learn, and how much they value education, rather than how much money is spent. If their parents instilled in them the desire to become educated, then that is what they will do, and that is what separates a good school district from a lousy one - the values instilled in the students by their parents. You can spend a million dollars per pupil, and if a kid thinks that the material being taught isn't as important as knowing with whom the degenerate pop culture flavor of the month is currently sleeping, or that knowing how to construct a sentence or solve an equation isn't as important as knowing exactly how far to rotate a ball cap to identify with the desired clique, that kid is going to be an educational failure. There is no correlation of student achievement with per pupil spending, but there's a huge correlation with parental education and income. So, if you live in Perkins,value education, instilled that value in your kid, and are actively and effectively involved in your kid's education, then this isn't going to hurt your kid.

In any event, school board behavior state-wide indicates that most school board members and superintendents, like many drunken frat boys these days, were never taught that no means no. If history is any indicator, they will keep trying to force this levy down the voters' throats until their gag reflex wears out and they swallow it. Most communities get campaign fatigue after 3 repetitions. Perkins voters will have to continue voting down reincarnations of this levy until such time as they replace a majority of board members, and not with clones of the incumbents, as too often happens.

Tribester

Hey geniuses...you do realize even if the board would move the inside millage back to operating, we would still need a new levy for operating regardless. If you don't build new, you will have to invest $$$ for extensive renovations anyway. There has been no new operating money in Perkins for THIRTEEN years which is laughable community support. You can fire Gunner, replace the whole board, and guess what? You'll still need to pass a operating levy for new money to prevent fiscal watch, and the schools will still be substandard for the forseeable future. So congrats on the levy defeat, you sure showed Gunner and the board who's boss.

DLK

Stop drinking the kool-aid Tribster. No "extensive" renovations are required. There are no standards or bringing buildings up to code. If that were the case, 90% of school buildings in Erie County would be in trouble. Want to see my tax bill? Saying community support is laughable is the most ignorant comment on here....who's the genius here? Clearly....65% of us don't agree with you. Do the math.

EZOB

I just left the Kroger store and was talking to a long time aquantance. He had one renter with a Police levy sign in the yard and another who supported the school levy. He's raising the rent on one $10.00 a month and the other $25.00 a month.
If one of these levies is on another ballot within a year then all three should be voted on again. This is the only way a "No" vote is equal to a "Yes" vote.

Mr. D

Give them time. . . It took Port Clinton Schools about 3 yrs of trying, to get it passed. . . And property tax went up. Get ready Perkins people, your school board will get the ballot wording just right and WHAMMO, you will have that new school!

Mr. D

Good idea to remind renters, especially those who display "vote for levy issues" signs, that property tax hikes will be passed down to them.

donutshopguy

Just read Mr. Gasteier's letter to the editor today. Mr. Gasteier is the Director of Communications for the Perkins Public Schools.

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. In fact, it was a wasted rebuttal since the voting public defeated his levy by a 65% to 35% margin before it was in the paper.

But, it was sure nice of Mr. Gasteier to show the real side of the school administration. Quite condescending.

Now the lines have been drawn very clear by this editorial for the voting public of this community. The school board, superintendent and administration have no respect for the community. They feel they are the only ones that speak the truth. But, we all know they have filled their propaganda with half truths.

Mr. Gasteier, remember the say of "not throwing rocks in a glass house ?" This editorial will bit you and your cronies in the backside from here on out.

VOTENO

Wasn't it his job to get the levy passed? Since it failed, shouldn't he resign? The levy failure is his failure. How much do we pay him? Sounds like a good savings to me.

DGMutley

Pretty scathing attack for someone whose job description is public relations. No points there.

Nemesis

Which begs the question of why Perkins residents should have to pay someone to insult them. I thought the only places that had Ministers of Propaganda were banana republics with tinpot dictators. Where do they get off using tax dollars to pay someone to tell us how to vote? The First Amendment protects us from being compelled to fund speech with which we disagree - someone should call the ACLU.

VOTENO

I didn't get to read this. My daughter threw the paper away before I read it. Anyone care to copy and paste it here?

donutshopguy

The First Amendment allows Mr. Gasteier the right to say what ever he wants. I will protect his freedom on this issue.

But the First Amendment does not mandate the voting public to finance a school administration that is polar opposite of 65% of its constituents.

Aren't you all glad you voted against allowing these individual to have no check and balance in regards to funding a building ?

Thank you Mr. Gasteier for make my point crystal clear. Couldn't have done better myself.

Nemesis

Donutshop, the First Amendment protects Mr. Gasteler's right to say what he wishes, AS A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, ON HIS OWN TIME AND HIS OWN DIME. It simultaneously prohibits him, in his capacity as a state actor, on the clock to the taxpayers, and using taxpayer funded resources, from making political statements on our behalf. It protects our right not to be compelled to speak, or be compelled to fund political speech with which we disagree. If he wrote it on his own personal computer, using his own home internet connection, on his own time, without any collusion with other district officials, and signed it without mentioning his title, (and if you think he did that, I've a bridge to sell you) then it's about his right to free speech. Otherwise, it's a question of your right not to fund speech.

"It is sinful and tyrannical, to compel a man to furnish funds for the propogation of ideas which he abhors" - Thomas Jefferson

Mr. D

Why does the school system need a Director of Communications? Are board members and the superintendent not able to speak for the school? More "fat" at the administrative level. . . Don't just trim the fat, cut it off!

Mr. D

One point everyone always seems to overlook. In public school systems, elected board of education members hire the superintendent. He is hired to run the schools as directed by the board members. It is his job to do their bidding. The superintendent does not just dream ideas up for new buildings and levys. The superintendent does what the school board tells him to do. That is his function. Remember that at election time.

one_sandusky_dad

wow to everyone who may have read my previous comment. it was removed.. was so surprising that when you speak the truth someone comes on here and wants it gone. Probably a police officer or spouce. so for everyone to read I will sum it up again. Sandusky police have officers urinating off a boat dock. sex crimes against minors, sending sex messages to other officers wife. Then you threaten that officer with your gun get fired and get your job back. And that's only half of the stuff going on. Now yes perkins does deserve some respect because the officers are more professional. But here is the thing. Its nothing personal against the police officers themselves. The township overspends a couple million on the new building and other expenses and then they black mail the voters that we will lose police protection and other stuff if we don't agree to pay more.. What about those of us who can barely scrap by now. That's like running up my bills and telling my boss if I don't get a raise I quit. Just don't make any sense. Now as I said before the tax payers pay for the bills in the police dept. That includes the car, insurance and gas. Yes officers are running personal erronds on duty. I myself along with my child and his mom have went to Milan to take our child to school. I seen a perkins police car in the driveway of a house in town. The officer and his family were in the car. And then taking bags out of the trunk with groceries. That was two years ago I seen that. But things like this still go on. This city wants the voters to approve levy after levy for careless spending, For the schools run by idiots. And then Sandusky wants to get respect for their police dept when day after day they continue to prove they don't deserve it. What gives.. Show the community you deserve respect. Tell the school board to get their act together. Tell perkins township to stop overspending money. Spend that money on the officers pay and things they need. Police dog. and the dare program. You get my vote any day of the year on that. Officers deserve a good wage for putting their lives on the line everyday. They deal with the most ignorant people in life on a day to day basis. That alone would drive me crazy. But the township does not need to continue overspending money like every other dept. The old police staition was fine. Maybe some remodeling would have been nice. But plenty in the budget for that. That expense would be ok. Just don't overspend and waste money and then black mail the voters. We are tired. Don't the votes show you we are fed up.

EZOB

Fact is, we wouldn't have been without police protection. The Sheriff's office would have been forced to take over and the bill paid by the county. In the short term there would be staffing problems but in the long term I personaaly believe it would have solved many financial problems. It would be nice if we had a police force twice this size but as some of us realize everything comes at a cost to taxpayers. The money that has been spent on the Perkins department the last 25 years has left a sour taste with many of us. We lost 800,000 on the sale of the building plus paying rent since the sale. The Sheriff department that is run by an elected official surely seems to have the least amount of problems. I shudder to think of all the money that has been spent on court cases concerning officers in Perkins and Sanduky.

EZOB

I'll add another thing that will soon become obvious at the Grand opening of the NEW station. Listen Close SR! I was privy to the layout of the new station and there in no way I would have went with the architect that laid this out. Two pillars that added over 60,000 to the cost. The same thing will happen if a new school is approved. they will consider it a "private mansion" with a lot of added luxuries.

Wald

Can anyone provide Gasteier's letter? I missed it.

Just Asking

reader forum - Wednesday May 8, 2013

Perkins levy math was incorrect in reader’s letter

Mr. Kraus needs a course in arithmetic and a course in figuring school finances and taxation. He also needs a course in telling the truth instead of spreading rancorous falsehoods in the print and social media.

In a letter to the editor published in the Sandusky Register on Election Day, Mr. Kraus inflates the cost of the taxes on the ballot by almost 3.4 times the correct amount.

By comparison of falsehood to truth let us look at these: Home value Kraus Amount Real Truth $64,000 $800/year $152.41 $100,000 $1,250/year $237.95 $200,000 $2,500/year $475.90

Keep in mind that the permanent improvement levy is not a new tax, it is a renewal, therefore we can subtract that from the amount Mr. Kraus claims are added taxes.

For that matter, the Perkins Police levy is an “additional 2.8” mils, not 5.5 mils, because home and business owners already pay for 2.7 mils on the current levy.

It is apparent that Mr. Kraus has inflated the “added taxes” for these three levies by five times the true amount. For what purpose? Where is the fact checker for the newspaper?

Chris Gasteier Director of Communications Perkins Local Schools

VOTENO

Wow, and we pay this guy? For what?

Nemesis

If he had limited himself to correcting Krause's factual/mathematical errors, that would be fine. The personal insults make it speech we should not be compelled to fund.

BooBeeDoo'

Why does Perkins even need a Director of Communication? Chris Gasteier makes $65,000 a year doing this needless (my opinion)job that a secretary could do. He is "double dipping" as is Steve Finn who makes $77,920 a year. Meadowlawn School does just fine with ONE principal. Why does Briar School need an Asst. Principal and a Principal? Briar has about 20 more students than Meadowlawn. How about cutting those two positions at a savings to Perkins and us taxpayers of $142,920 a year.

eriemom

"Meadowlawn School does just fine with ONE principal."

Does anyone else want to disagree with this statement. If you share, so will I.

underthebridge

Meadowlawn is becoming more and more like Briar.

fredinperkins

Mr. Gasteier, just asking, did he "inflate" the "added taxes" by 3.4 times or 5 times the correct/true amount?

I guess we will never know your answer as all further inquiries are to be directed to the superintendent.

donutshopguy

I don't believe Mr. Gasteier is double dipping. But the school board and superintendent created a make believe job so he could retire with full benefits. Mr. Finn is double dipping.

The savings are probably more than that with including benefits.