Perkins Schools meeting live tonight, moved to cafeteria

School board to look at new round of cuts, inside millage. Click here for the agenda and check back here for live coverage and updates this evening.
Alissa Widman Neese
May 29, 2013

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When: 6 p.m.
Where: Perkins High School cafeteria
Why: Click here for the agenda

The Perkins school board is expected to approve more district-wide cuts at a special meeting tonight to cope with a lack of funding from its failed May levy.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Perkins High School cafeteria. It follows a May 16 closed-door meeting where board members discussed the district’s finances and personnel issues.

Tonight board members plan to discuss the closed-door meeting’s topics with the public and most likely take action, board president Matt Kosior previously said.

“We need to review where exactly we are as we head into the next levy effort,” Kosior said at a May 8 meeting, shortly after board members agreed to place a 10-year, 6.73-mill levy on the August ballot. 

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a 4.98-mill levy proposal May 7, killing the district’s hopes of avoiding deficit spending without additional cuts.

Even after approving $12 million in cuts in April for the next four years, the district is still projecting a deficit of about $1 million for the upcoming school year, treasurer Lisa Crescimano said.

The district’s budget is about $23 million.

A copy of tonight’s meeting agenda was not available Tuesday. The agenda should be available on the district’s website by about 2 p.m. today, Crescimano said.



That actually is correct, eriemom. Do yourself a favor everyone and understand HB920. Switching inside millage places Perkins below the 20-mill floor, which for us, is an unvoted tax increase. PLUS, they are asking for additional money to replace the inside millage they moved (unethically).

Here is an informative article on this, very similar to what Perkins is doing:


And if you don't believe me, here is proof: the Perkins 5-year forecast and the assumptions that state, "In November 2011,the Board of Education moved the inside millage, 5.2 mills,to the permanent improvement fund. The movement will decrease property tax revenue in the operating/general fund by approximately by 2.3 million per year. This forecast represent the movement of the inside millage. This movement also places residential property below the 20 mill floor which will require a roll up to re‐establish the district at the 20 mill floor.

For those of you who don't understand, THIS IS AN UNVOTED TAX INCREASE!

And they are asking for MORE! VOTE NO!


That's interesting. My taxes went down since 2011. Where is the tax increase? This happened 18 months ago, and my taxes never went up.

The heart of the matter is what is best for children. I know that the BOE has made a couple of mistakes. We all do. Maybe they are bad at meetings and a little snobby. We voted for them, and need to live with that. Do not take this out on the kids. Vote them out in November (Chapman and Printy are up for re-election). Vote yes in August.


If you taxes went down, it was because of your re-eval..or you are simply lying. Mine went up.

I do what is best for the community. An overwhelming number continues to tell you NO and it falls on deaf ears. The children will continue to receive an education in the buildings they have. It is that simple.

If you want to blame someone, look to Gunner and the board. A couple of mistakes? How about moving inside millage to PI to build a $50 million school without your vote? Why haven't they maintained their current buildings with the PI money they had all these years? Why did they use $1.7 million from the general fund for the stadium? These aren't just little mistakes that can be swept under the rug. We need to hold them accountable as the taxpayers of this district.

Vote no in August.


My property was assessed at a lower value awhile back, and my taxes went down about $200 a half year. I won't complain!

In a business, you do not hold an employee accountable by betraying the consumer (us and our children, in this case). Instead, you fire the employee. November is coming. Vote them out! In August, you have a chance to do what is right, despite how we may have been wronged.

I am not sweeping anything under the rug. I am on your side here (I think...well, maybe not). I want justice, too. I just have my children to think of here. I am willing to pay $30 a month extra to support our schools.


If your children need a fancy new building so the can learn, something is wrong.


I could care less about the building.


You just don't get it. It's ALL about "the building". All this is because they are building a new school!


Oregon school superintendent is leaving. Will Gunner try to "go back home" now? Is Rectenwald willing to save this mess?


Funny how the hicks in Perkins township can't get past their OBSSESSION with this "gunner" person. Smalltown hick politics! Their aint nuthin likes it!! At least that is what the Grad-E-ets of any Perkins school will be typing here one day. Nothing like destroying your property values by turning schools into toilets that nobody wants to be around. The greedy never seem to realize that the long-term damage they do to their community and property values far outweighs the pennies of a school levy


Need to save those "pennies" Tbone to tip you at the carwash! Thank you for your input, though. Enjoy your summer off!


Sorry to see teachers losing their jobs. Look to your bosses for making poor decisions, using scare tactics and putting facilities before staff...don't blame the voters or accuse us of not supporting the school/students.