Battle plans drawn

District seeks support for 10-year, 6.73-mill levy.
Alissa Widman Neese
Jun 18, 2013

Jason Bennett stood before a crowd Monday night to offer a simple but clear rallying cry.

As a contentious levy debate effectively divides the Perkins Schools community, Bennett urged a group of passionate levy supporters to consider it a unifying matter.

“The only way we’re moving forward is as a team, a community and as a cohesive school system,” Bennett said. “Put any personal interests aside and do this for our students and our school district.”

About 125 people gathered in the Perkins High School cafeteria for the kickoff meeting of Citizens for Perkins Schools, the district’s newly formed levy committee.

The group includes parents, teachers, school officials and township residents, all volunteers aiming to promote the district’s upcoming August levy.

The supporter turnout was at least 10 times that of the past levy campaign’s turnout, district communications director Chris Gasteier said.

“I won’t pass judgments as to why, because we’re just happy to see them here,” Gasteier said.

Perkins Schools is proposing a 10-year, 6.73-mill emergency operating levy on the August ballot, nearly 2 mills larger than a May proposal which voters overwhelmingly rejected. The levy would fund day-to-day operations for the district, including employee salaries and benefits.

Although the county auditor hasn’t yet certified its official amount, superintendent Jim Gunner has said the levy will cost the owner of a $150,000 home an additional $310 in taxes per year.

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This past week, board members approved about $2 million in district-wide reductions, including eliminating 15 staff members and hiking pay-to-participate fees to as much as $730 per sport for high school athletes. If voters approve the August levy, the cuts could be reversed and fees will return to normal.

Brandy Bennett, Citizens for Perkins Schools committee chair, organized Monday’s crowd into focused subcommittees with Jason, her husband. In the next couple months, subcommittee leaders will oversee various levy campaign efforts, including distributing signs, collecting funds, visiting residents door-to-door and dispersing information online and in-person.

“Everyone here is very passionate and ready to commit to getting this levy passed,” she said.

The group knows convincing a majority of township residents to vote in favor of the levy won’t be an easy task. Voters haven’t approved an emergency operating levy for the district since 2000, its only levy for new operating money in the past 18 years.

Still, the Bennetts are determined to do all they can to promote the cause. They moved to the area so their two children — now students at Perkins High School and Meadowlawn Intermediate School — could attend Perkins Schools. They don’t want to see the district’s stellar reputation marred by costly cuts, they said.

“There are still questions that need answered and still misinformation which we need to address,” Jason said. “We’re dedicated to doing it as a team. We’re all pulling in the same direction.”

Comments

Centauri

http://tinyurl.com/nrvaw4y

Properties sold in Perkin Township located in Erie County, Ohio from the beginning of 2013. 239 properties sold or transferred. Check the valuations for tax purposes of property sold against the selling price. How much money is the Perkins School District losing due to lowered valuations for tax purposes?

http://www.movoto.com/property/o...
"Real Estate in Perkins Township,Sandusky.
Homes for Sale in Perkins Township, Sandusky OH"

YepThatsMe

"Misinformed": Information that is not correct.

bobshumway92

"Misinformed" A keyword told to use on this site. Look around and you will see other keywords.

bobshumway92

Vote no! We lose thousands per open enrollment student. See above!

RMyer

You are incorrect about open enrollment. See my post above.

Vote Informed

We will pass a levy sooner or later. The longer we wait, the more expensive it will get. Do you think the shortage of funds will go away? The fiscal forecast says it won't until we pass a levy. The sooner we pass the levy the better. As a reminder, the last levy passed in 2000. It's time for a levy to pass and we will do whatever it takes to make sure the August levy does.

Finn Finn

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YepThatsMe

"Misinformed": A word used, quite frequently I might add, when misinformation is listed, spoken, or otherwise stated. Since you seem tired of seeing this common word, here are some synonyms. See Also: misguiding, misleading, or misdirected. Don't insult the people speaking their minds on this blog for the words they use. There are no puppet strings here.

bobshumway92

The blog team is on puppet strings. You must be part of the committee.

Vote Informed

I am in full support of the levy committee and I'm glad that they present themselves with the correct facts! VOTE YES!

Wald

The fact is that this is a building levy. Vote no!

Vote Informed

I cannot stress enough that this levy is for school funds as a result of lack of state funding and that we haven't passed a levy since 2000. Please don't spread false information on these blogs.

Finn Finn

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bobshumway92

"Lack of state funding" another key phrase. Can anyone get a copy of the sheet that was handed out to the blog committee?

Vote Informed

Bob, this is the correct information and I stand by it.

bobshumway92

"Correct information" another key phrase.

Finn Finn

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bobshumway92

"Haven't passed a levy since 2000" another key phrase the blog committee was instructed to use. It's Comical to say the least.

Strong Schools ...

Check out the Perkins Local Schools website and check out the facts. Some of the questions you are asking have already been answered.

http://www.perkins.k12.oh.us/Lev...

Get informed and Vote Yes!

bobshumway92

"Facts" Another keyword they are told to use.

RMyer

I hope that using facts is exactly what should be considered (whether you disagree or agree on an issue) when trying to decide the merits of an issue.

bobshumway92

The no voters are using facts and aren't believing the lies being spewed by you yes voters. No taxpayer funds for the stadium, school is a health hazard, insidr millage, not a building levy, etc. Sad you people are being duped. Especially sad that the teachers union is going along with it. Borderline pathetic.

Strong Schools ...

Think of the students...do not punish them because you are mad at the board. Stop thinking only about yourself and think about the process as a whole. We have to put the students first. This will help build a strong community! Someone voted for me and now we need to step up and take care of our children!

Finn Finn

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Vote Informed

Finn Finn, you must be tired! Maybe you need a break.

Finn Finn

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fifteenthgreen

B Average school district! How come people aren't discussing this? It's the most important issue...Uh, besides the on again, off again safety and asbestos issues....uh, besides the on again, off again, on again, off again $3,000,000 new school loan/design,.....! This is too much! We're is bherrle when you need him?

Vote Informed

Make an educated vote on August 6th! http://perkins.k12.oh.us/Levy.aspx

fifteenthgreen

Make an educated vote. Get a B rating and some asbestos to go with it...maybe. Type your favorite school district in the filter: http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/...

Vote Informed

Please attend the next board meeting before you make any more allegations or ask the board at http://perkins.k12.oh.us/Levy.aspx. VOTE YES for the teachers and students!

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