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

fifteenthgreen

Perkins Local Schools loses it's "excellence with distinction" rating and has been downgraded to "effective". Why? How and when did this happen?

so.....

I like how no one will answer this for you...

eriemom

I will give you food for thought about....

Building administration changed under Dr. Gunner. Keep in mind that scores reflect the moral in a building/district and that changes in data begins to occur about a year after changes are applied.

The student population changed as a result of the depressed economy and open enrollment. Keep in mind even if a child enrolls at Perkins is behind he/she will become successful with great teaching over time. That is that the student usually will learn more than one year's growth.

Bherrle

SO,

I've answered it three times now, but here we go again. The bottom line is that the district was never graded as "excellence with distinction" as a whole. One building got that grade one time. Overall, the district has improved since Inerim SUpt. Rechenwald and then Dr. Gunner took over.

Here is a brief explanation of the Value-Added Measure.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/...

Here is a brief overview of how Perkins has faired on the ODE District Report cards from the previous ODE link.

Furry

08-09 Effectiive
09-10 Excellent
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective

Meadowlawn

08-09 Effective
09-10 Excellent w/Distinction
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective

Briar

08-09 Excellent
09-10 Effective
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective

HS

08-09 Excellent
09-10 Excellent
10-11 Excellent
11-12 Excellent

District (with additional years)

03-04 Effective (Buccieri)
04-05 Effective
05-06 Continuous Improvement
06-07 Continuous Improvement
07-08 Effective (Rechtenwald/Gunner)
08-09 Effective
09-10 Excellent
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective

Perkins seemed to decline significantly with the administration of Buccieri, the strike, etc. Things that have changed over the years include, among other things, the Curriculum Directors.

so.....

Dude..i posted at 7:30 weds morning before you even posted this once.

underthebridge

I'm not satisfied with an Effective rating. I actually think that the district promotes itself better than it actually performs. I was really disappointed to read the ratings.

ISPSP

Your second inquiry piqued my curiosity. After some research it appears that for the 2011/2012 school year; PHS has an excellent rating, PMS has an effective rating. Perkins Local School District has an overall effective rating because adequate yearly progress (AYP) as mandated by NCLB for subgroups of students was not met.

Research completed by Arizona State Univesity in 2005 for the Great Lakes states concluded that AYP is unsustainable and by 2014 it is projected that 85% of public schools in the Great Lakes states will fail to meet AYP.

I hope this answers your question.

so.....

310.00 a year is a small amount, until you add it to the taxes you already pay. Then its no longer a " small amount".

Strong Schools ...

This is a general operating levy for the day-to-day operations of the school district. This money will be used for salaries, benefits, supplies and materials to operate the school daily. The Board previously has set aside the 5.2 mils of “Inside Millage” to be used for facility renovation or construction. The Board intends on using the “Inside Millage” funds to address school facility needs sometime in the future. At this time, any building project has been placed on hold until we can stabilize the day-to-day operations of the district.

Tribester

For ONCE, you are correct bobshumway92!

Informed

Why do some people on this board insist that Perkins is the best school district in the area? On what are they basing this conclusion, other than their own egos? If I recall, there is another area district that has received higher ratings on the state report card along with great success in sports and music. So some of you Perkins people need to get off your high horse. It's fine to have pride in your school and community. But don"t insist of something that simply isn't factual.

Hummell123

If the school wants this levy to pass they need to get the real facts out there. I believe the only reason the building plans are on hold is becasue the levy did not pass in May. So Gunner needs to get out there and make a promise to the community that this new levy is not to fund his new school. Not that he can be trusted, but atleast when he diverts from that plan we can point the finger. I am currently ready to vote no on this levy unless Gunner and his supporters can truly lay out the facts and a future plan.

fifteenthgreen

Bingo!

Strong Schools ...

Vote tes in August and get informed!

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

True Blue

Some of you will never get it! A lot of families CANNOT afford anymore taxes. Wages and benefits have been cut for the townships residents. State funds have been cut for our schools also. Maybe Republicans and Independents should think about re-electing Kasich. If this levy passes we will see more forclosures in this township. Help pay for the kids sports, so the less fortunate lose their homes. I'm voting NO!!

Nemesis

but....but......but......it's for the CHILDREN!

Some people just don't get it - times are tough and money is tight. The fact that something would be really neat to have doesn't make it magically affordable.

Strong Schools ...

Some people ( I am not saying you) do not prioritize! My family and I are willing to give up a night of pizza and a trip to Starbucks. This levy passage will only cost a homeowner of a $150, 000 home around $25 a month. This will ensure a stable future for our students and community!

Vote Yes!

DLK

How about if Perkins prioritizes (unless they think facilities are more important than staff)? Better yet...how about if Perkins lives within their means? This will ensure a stable future for our students, staff and community.

Vote No!

VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

It is easy for a lot of people to say...Vote Yes in August!

It is cheaper to pass this levy in August, rather than paying the fees. It is also cheaper than a dinner at a restaurant!

so.....

They need to read the other article about kbi trying to stay open and how they've cut wages.

VOTENO

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VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

His taxes are way more than ours! He is paying more taxes where he lives right now. It does not matter where he lives. He is still paying taxes.

so.....

Yes it does matter. Hes not supporting his own cause or feeling the affects of his choices that others will bear.

Bherrle

SO,

No it doesn't matter. The BOE votes on putting a tax levy on the ballot, not Dr. Gunner. They all live in the district, and pay taxes. I'm willing to stick my neck out there and say that most if not all of them own a home worth more than the average home value in Perkins, which is around $150,000. Therefore, they would be paying a higher increased tax than at least half of the population.

Dr. Gunner's address is a non-issue.

so.....

I don't agree. Why shouldn't he make the same investment in this community he is asking others to make.

44870 South

Someone please explain why a multi-million dollar athletic complex was built when we needed the money for all of these "regular operations"???

Vote4Perkins

http://www.perkinsschools.org/Le...

Ask, but it has already been answered at many board meetings.

44870 South

Someone please explain why a multi-million dollar athletic complex was built when we needed the money for all of these "regular operations"???

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