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

VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

This levy is not about a building. This levy is about making sure our district can operate. We want to make sure our current programs can stay in place and the district can financially be stable. The district can't move ahead with the building process.

Vote Yes and Support our Students!

VOTENO

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NewToPerkins

How does voting "no" support our students? Think about that...makes no sense! Vote yes to support the levy and the students! Vote no for the board members when they come up for a vote to make a change. But lets keep our schools strong!

Mamatech

An operating levy has not passed in 13 years. As everyone knows, the cost of everything has gone up. The schools have lost funding from the state, while the cost of everything has gone up. It is not unreasonable to ask the residents for a levy to support our schools and our community. Moving the millage back would not prevent the need for the levy. It's hard to watch good teachers lose their jobs because of lack of funding. Our students deserve the best, and hopefully the residents will realize that helping the schools will improve our community and the young people that we are educating.

JMGTHATSME1

People...you have to be smarter than this. "they have not passed an operating levy in 13 years"...THEY HAVE NOT NEEDED TOO! Think of how many new homes have been built since 2000...That housing boom lasted til 2007. HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of new homes have been built since then. Thus, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL TAX DOLLARS! Don't trust them with more!

fifteenthgreen

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

Bherrle

15th,

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

You will see below that only one of Perkins buildings in the recent past earned that level, for one year, Meadowlawn in 09-10. The high school has been at excellent the last four years. The district as a whole has improved since Dr. Gunner has taken over, as you can see below. The district as a whole was never rated "excellence with distinction."

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.

15th - If you are going to post, please post factual information, as anything else is mis-leading.

fifteenthgreen

You simply re-posted underthebridge's blog from the other Register article. What were the schools ratings prior the the Buccieri mess which honestly was worse than this mess. Also, sounds to me like you're settling for less with these effective ratings.

Ohio gives public schools and districts one of six ratings. The state does not award schools letter grades, but the official ratings can be roughly translated as follows:

Excellent With Distinction = A+
Excellent = A
Effective = B
Continuous Improvement = C
Academic Watch = D
Academic Emergency = F

Those grades are based on:

The percentage of students passing state tests;
How well students score on state tests;
For elementary and middle schools, a calculation showing how much progress students made in a particular school year;
Attendance rates;
High school graduation rates; and
Whether or not the school or district meets federal standards. (Those federal standards are called Adequate Yearly Progress and include reading and math test passing rates and test participation, attendance and graduation rates.)

fifteenthgreen

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

District OH Rank Rating 11-12 10-11 Per.Ind Value Low Inc.
Edison Local Erie 247 A A 100.8 Met 33%
Huron City Erie 124 A A 103.7 Met 30%
Margaretta Erie 412 B A 97.6 Met 37%
Perkins Local Erie 391 B B 98 Below 33%
Vermilion Local Erie 371 A B 98.4 Met 41%
Port Clinton Ottawa 430 B B 97.2 Met 47%
Put-In-Bay Ottawa 21 A A 108.7 Met n/a
Danbury Local Ottawa 241 A A 101 Met 45%
Oak Harbor Ottawa 240 A+ A 101 Above 34%
Norwalk City Huron 332 B A 99.3 Met 49%
Sandusky City Erie 585 C C 86.5 Met 78%

Bherrle

15th,

Yes I did repost it, because it is fact. Your opinion and negative comments keep changing, but the facts don't. I don't know what the schools ratings were prior to the Buccieri mess. Rating Supt. Gunner on that is not relevant, in my opinion. He had to help clean up the Buccieri mess, which I would argue that it takes longer to build something back up than it takes to tear it down.

Prior to Buccieri, there was also no open enrollment. Comparing the pre open enrollment ERA to the post OE ERA is not an apples to apples comparison.

bobshumway92

All those people are probably parents with kIds in sports who want the levy to pass so they don't have to pay the ridiculous fees Gunner is jamming down our throats. Oh, and teachers and staff of course.

Pirate Mom

We were there in large numbers! We will pass this levy! Register to vote! Vote absentee starting July 2 or vote in person by August 6. We homeowners thank you!

Strong Schools ...

Not all people are parents or teachers. There are people in this community who care about having a strong community. We need to take care of what we have and make it better. When this levy passes, Perkins will still be operating 7 mills lower than the state average.

Bherrle

Bob - I beg you, please keep saying things like this. It is your opinion, and you should share it. It also helps to energize the yes voters who do not have children, and do not have any employment ties to the school.

Vote4Perkins

The community has only passed one levy in 18 years...I think its time for new money...

Support our Students, Vote Yes August 6

Perkins Resident

Unfortunately, this levy is going to pass. I say unfortunate because we will be right back here in no time with Gunner and the Board having their hands out demanding more money to operate their new building. Just look at the other districts that recently built new schools. I'm voting no because I can see through all the nonsense being put out by these people. Mark my words. We will be right back here in three years from now.

Wald

"Unfortunately, this levy is going to pass". I don't think so. After talking to community members this weekend, they're angrier than ever. I know of at least a few front doors these committee members better not knock on!

Strong Schools ...

After talking to community members this weekend, they are motivated as ever to get this levy to pass!

Vote Yes on August 6!

fifteenthgreen

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

Vote4Perkins

Not true, Perkins will be good for at least 5 years.

NewToPerkins

Perkins Resident - I voted no in May because I felt the way you did. However, I did my own research and realized that this schools need this levy. I thought all the "pro-levy" was nonsense the first time, but I have learned that the anti-levy people were providing me with the nonsense...especially the news media. I also was very negative towards Gunnar and the board...however, though most of these board members will not receive my vote when they come up again in an election - the levy will receive my vote because it's just simply the right thing to do.

VOTENO

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YoMamma

I see the schools are promoting the levy on their signs. I may be wrong but I believe they may have opened a door they didn't want. If I am correct the school as a publicly funded entity must give equal space for those who oppose to put their message on the sign too.

Pirate Mom

Keep Perkins strong! Register and vote! Vote yes!

Nemesis

Yomamma you're correct. The district cannot pay for signs, but they may allow others to place them on school property, PROVIDED they allow both sides equal access. If you make an anti-levy sign, they are legally obligated to let you place it there.

God Of Thunder

Us voters have said no to a new school 'campus' several times now. What does Gunner do???? He moves millage around and creates his own fund for 'new buildings' and now they have no money where they need it.

You can cry and whine all you want, but until this nit-wit it fired and leaves our school district and replaced with someone we can trust, and his little puppets either get voted out or resign, I will not support another penny out of my pockets.

Gunner, who I remind you has never moved into this tax paying district, has done nothing but deceive us and could care less about the higher taxes.

VOTE NO!!!

Pirate Mom

Support our students and vote YES on August 6! One small levy passed in 18 years, lowest millage in Erie County? IT IS TIME!

Wald

Support our democratic rights and vote no! A levy was just passed in May! We don't need new buildings!

Strong Schools ...

I understand you are upset with the board and some of the decisions. They truly do have the best interest of the students in mind when they make a decision. If you are that upset then do not vote for them when their names are on the ballot. But, do not take it out on the students!

Vote Yes!

Vote4Perkins

The Board ultimately decided to move the millage...and there was a board meeting where they asked the public's opinion on this matter. If you didn't agree with the move, why didn't you go to the meeting and speak up? What is done, is done...and now we have to accept the situation we are in. Are we going to punish the students and teachers, or are we going to elect new board members in November?

Gunner does pay taxes where he lives, and I'm sure its higher than it is here. He has brought the district over 2 million dollars in grants. I'm sure this far exceeds what he would be paying in taxes here.

VOTE YES!!!

VOTENO

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YoMamma

Lol!

Perkins0602

Is your job to blog? Considering you are on here all the time!

PIrate4Ever

Meanwhile, you still have a job while numerous teachers who may "Get up and comment" do not because the school can not afford because there is no money. The "New School" is on hold until the Administration is financially stable. This levy is to generate NEW funds. The May Levy that passed was a renewal of an old levy. Please don't vote no just based what you think of the board. No matter if the Levy passes, they will still be the board. So, vote on the levy and get them out! I'm not telling you to vote yes or vote no. I want everyone to go to board meetings and be informed exactly how this is impacting yourself and your colleagues.

bobshumway92

Move the inside millage back. Problem solved. More than enough money to keep the sleeping teachers employed.

VOTENO

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bobshumway92

There's no money to pay for the teachers yet we spent $1.7m on a new stadium, took out a loan for $3m for new building designs, moved operating funds over to building funds (inside millage). Need I go on?

ISPSP

This "sleeping" teacher was up at 5:00 AM, put in 4 miles, then prepared for class at 8:00 AM....

fifteenthgreen

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

ISPSP

I wish I could give you an answer. I'm not employed by Perkins Local Schools.....

Bherrle

15th,

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

You will see below that only one of Perkins buildings in the recent past earned that level, for one year, Meadowlawn in 09-10. The high school has been at excellent the last four years. The district as a whole has improved since Dr. Gunner has taken over, as you can see below. The district as a whole was never rated "excellence with distinction."

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.

15th - If you are going to continually post the same thing over and over, please post factual information, as anything else is mis-leading.

Strong Schools ...

Must be nice to do nothing all day! All you do is sit at your computer and complain. Get a job!

local man

The committee numbers are impressive but I did not see any students in the pictures. For this levy to pass the students need to be actively involved. Students need to get away from the TV and the Internet and be out in the public eye. I wouldn't recognize any of my neighborhood kids since they sold their magazine subscriptions or perhaps during Trick or Treat.

DLK

They are already working on the college kids and recent grads. They have to get votes somewhere so they are working on getting them to vote absentee. Can't get enough yes votes honestly.

yesshedid

voting absentee is dishonest?? give me a break!

DLK

Asking my college kid to vote when she doesn't live, work or pay taxes here is as unethical as moving inside millage without a vote to build a school that the majority do not feel you need.

ProudPerkinsGrad

As a graduate of the school district and a current college student, I think voting absentee for OUR school is the least I can do. For twelve years, those teachers and staff members worked to ensure that my future would be a successful one. What is dishonest or wrong about returning the favor for those currently going through the system? I can't imagine my time at PHS without the sports I played, the clubs I joined, and the arts in which I participated. Saying these things aren't important is foolish! These programs help students make friends, find role models, and determine what they may do with their futures. For many, they even give them a reason to attend the entire school day just for that one class or sport.
Lastly, it's frightening to think about what can happen to our community without a strong school system behind it. We have all seen the effects of hard times in the area, but what keeps families in town is knowing they live in a safe township with great schools. What happens when the last part of that is gone? I currently am proud to tell people I graduated from Perkins High School and I know the education I received is top notch, I hope that it will continue to be this way.
Vote Yes for our schools!

Bherrle

Neither of them are unethical DLK, it is unethical, in my opinion, for you to state that.

Don't those students return here during break? Don't they work here during the summer and pay taxes?

Thank you DLK - you just helped to energize the absentee voters with your comment.

Bherrle

It is not dishonest DLK. It is reprehensable, in my opinion, for you to state that. Absentee voting is very important.

Don't those students return here during break? Don't they work here during the summer and pay taxes? DO you feel that those serving overseas in the military should not be allowed to vote? Take away their right to vote because they are away at college bettering themselves?? Wow, few comments on any of these blogs has gotten me angry, but yours just did.

Thank you DLK - you just helped to energize the absentee voters with your comment.

yesshedid

I was at the meeting (and no, I am not a Perkin's teacher nor is my child in sports.) There was about a half a dozen current students in attendance.

Pirate Mom

There are students on every committee! They understand how important this levy is. Vote yes on August 6 and maintain your home's value!

Perkins2060

Vote No!

Perkins0602

Vote Yes!

Wald

This is a levy for a new building. A vote yes is a vote for a dictatorship in Perkins Township. Please vote no to keep your democratic rights.

PIrate4Ever

This levy is NOT for a new school. The School has been put on hold until a time comes that the School is financially able to sustain with everything cut restored. This levy is strictly for new operating money that the tax payers have not given us since 2000. Which is by the way the longest streak without money in the state. Perkins is also the lowest school district tax rate in Erie County. We are currently 4 mils BELOW Sandusky City Schools. Please be informed. Go to www.perkins.k12.oh.us or check out our Face Book Page a/o Twiiter @ Citizens for Perkins Schools

bobshumway92

Move the inside millage back. Problem solved.

PIrate4Ever

While moving the Millage back may help the school eventually, they wont get the money until 2014. I do not agree at all with the millage movement but, whats done is done. Also, even if the board was to move the millage back, it only solves our problem for another year. The board will be back on the ballot next year with a levy. The passage or the upcoming levy will keep the school financially stable for many years. So please, pay it forward. Your parents did it for you. Please do it for your kids. Or your kids kids. Like I said please vote informed and well judged and vote out the board in November. It would be the best of both worlds.

VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

Moving the millage back will not solve the problem! The state has cut over 2 million from our district and we would be on the ballot anyway. The state and the feds are slashing our funding and we need to step up and take care of our students!

Nemesis

They won't get money from this levy until 2014 EITHER, so your point is moot.

RMyer

The "problem(s)" will not be solved. If you would like to review the numbers, I would be happy to direct you to the proper source.

citizen

Your first 3 sentences are patently false.

Gunner and Board recently took out a $3,000,000 loan from Citizens Bank to design and plan a new school.

Why would they do this when the school district is on the brink of financial disaster if they were not planning on immediately building the new junior high and high school buildings as soon as the levy is passed.

Pirate Mom

My offer still stands from Friday. Let me show you what I've seen in the schools. Stop calling facts false unless you can address what I've seen with my own eyes.

citizen

You will have to refresh my memory by what you mean from your offer on Friday.

The argument presented is FALSE. It's either spreading lies or being non-sensical enough to believe the propaganda from Gunner.

The new facilities and buildings are NOT ON HOLD. As soon as a "operations" levy is passed, it is full-go on the new facilities.

Gunner has already taken out a $3,000,000 loan to plan and design the new junior high and high school buildings, even though Perkins is on the brink of financial disaster, according to him. These buildings are far from being "on hold."

Vote4Perkins

How can you possibly know this for a fact? It is on hold, go to the meetings and be informed.

Strong Schools ...

Get off the building issue unless you are going to take a tour! Educate yourself and step away from your computer. People have offered to take you around the buildings so take advantage of their offer. Anyone can get a tour of the buildings. All you have to do is ask!

VOTE YES!

DLK

And just how will you become financially able without this levy passing? As you have said, you don't plan to put up a bond issue for a new school. Sacrificing good teachers and programs and increasing pay to play (to an amount larger than the cost of a new levy) is just a way to get your yes voters to wake up. Passing it puts you in a position to build.

If Gunner and the board publicly proclaim to not build a new school after this levy is passed and use this money strictly for operations, I'd consider voting yes.

Strong Schools ...

Our financial resources are running dry due to the state cuts. The board and Gunner have been great about bringing in monies to our school. Open enrollment has brought in million of dollars to our district along with grants and partnerships.

Wald

" The School has been put on hold until a time comes that the School is financially able to sustain with everything cut restored". You mean like when a levy passes? It is a building levy. Vote no.

Pirate Mom

I will vote, YES, and keep my democratic rights. We may disagree on which way we vote, but I will exercise my right to vote and keep my property values strong. We've managed to get by for 13 years without an increase but the time is now. It's a fact that we have the lowest millage in Erie County. Vote YES on August 6.

VoteYesNow

You no voters are being moronic. You're being cheap, lazy, and stubborn. It time to talk honestly. Feelings hurt? Move out of the district! Perkins needs a new high school in order to maintain its status as the best school in the area. A no vote just means you're not bright enough to understand the issues. Vote yes or move out!

bobshumway92

Wow, that's going to convince the no voters to change their minds. Unreal.

Strong Schools ...

The state came in to assess the schools. The worst score you can get is a 100 and Perkins was rated at a 92. We don't get a 92 by having stable buildings. Our high school was rated one of the worst, structurally, in the state.

Vote yes and support our students!

DLK

Being rated "effective" is hardly the best school in the area. Great post...way to sway those no voters.

God Of Thunder

I'm voting NO....And I'm staying!!!!!

Laughing

I'm not sure why you people waste your time arguing with the same people on these blogs. It is obvious by reading them that it is mostly the same people over and over.(you know who they are) The register has provided these individuals with a little bit of power for once in their lives. It gives them a feeling that their opinion actually matters. I doubt if they couldn't hide behind a computer screen and would have to give their real names you wouldn't hear from most of them. Just look at how many and the times that they blog. It's kind of an obsession. Guys, c'mon, it's getting a little weird. Go out, meet a woman, get on a dating site, blowup doll, something. Or since you have all this free time to blog about your jealousy of board members, teachers, and administrators I could give you the number to the board of elections or to some colleges. This way you could either run for school board or start your degree in education. Now guys I'm pretty sure you are all excited to respond to this blog and just can't wait to start typing away on your sticky keyboards. But this will be my only blog.
By the way, I'll be voting yes.

bobshumway92

And what's your name? You and your blow up doll must be proud.

VoteYesNow

Great post! It's time to get tough with these ridiculous no-voters and their meaningless posts. No one cares that you don't like Gunner or the BOE. Vote yes or move out!

God Of Thunder

I'm voting NO.....And I'm Staying!!!!

bobshumway92

If you want a new school and want another operating levy in a few years, vote yes. If not, vote no. It's as simple as that.

PIrate4Ever

The levy is not for a new school. That was put on hold. This is strictly operating revenue. Not a permanent improvement. Honestly the school can last a few more years. But not many. This is strictly an operating levy. Be informed. www.perkins.k12.oh.us

VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

Be informed...moving the inside millage back will not solve our problems due to state cuts!

VOTENO

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citizen

"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."

Alissa, Alissa, Alissa.

I know Westerhold has you under tight orders regarding Perkins Schools, but let's tell the truth.

This is a building levy, disguised as an operations levy. Gunner and Board had multiple, very public tax increase proposals to build grand new facilities and buildings for a new campus. These proposals were rejected overwhelmingly by taxpayers.

So, Gunner, who is adamant to build his new high school, moved millions of dollars from operating funds that were set to, as you stated "fund day-to-day operations for the district, including employee salaries and benefits", into a permanent improvement fund for new buildings and facilities.

Gunner has also taken out a $3,000,000 loan from Citizens Bank to design and plan his new buildings.

As soon as this building levy passes, it is full steam ahead for the new facilities.

I'll ask again... according to Gunner, Perkins Schools is on the brink of financial disaster. He has stated (it is on a video on the Register's website) that if this levy does not pass, he will have to "dismantle the school district" and the Perkins community will "no longer have a school district."

If the School district is truly in such a perilous financial position, why on earth is new facilities and construction even on the radar screen? Only in Perkins Schools with Gunner's leadership can you go from one day threatening to "dismantle the district" and "no longer having a district" to the next starting construction on grand new facilites and buildings!

VoteYesNow

So what if it is a building levy? Don't you want our kids to have the best? Why do the no voters hate our children? Look, if you can't give up your daily Big Mac to pay the small tax increase, move to another district with run-down facilities and no opportunities. No-voters don't have a chance in August. They're too lazy to go to a BOE meeting let alone a polling station to vote no! Time to get tough! Vote yes or move out!

bobshumway92

This has to be a no voter in disguise using reverse psychology.

VoteYesNow

Wrong again. I'll be voting yes! I'm just sick of all the whining and excuses! Time for me to go to work now. How about you, Bobby?

Strong Schools ...

The yes voters have put up with the negativity. We are being vocal about standing up for what is right for the community and our students.

Vote Yes!

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"???

44870 South

I really can't afford another $50 a month on my house payment each month to subsidize all of this.

Tribester

If having your property taxes increase less than one dollar per day will put more people into foreclosure, those people have more to worry about than this levy! In contrast, how many families will be impacted by potentially thousands of dollars in pay to participate fees, which will likely far exceed the cost of the levy to their household. If you don't have kids in the district, maybe you have grandkids, nieces, nephews, even greatgrandkids in the system. Think of providing them and our community access to a well rounded 21st century education for the price of a cup of coffee a day. Support our Students, Support Perkins Pride, and our community's future. VOTE YES!

Finn Finn

Now you're getting it. People have a he!! of a lot more to worry about than whether or not your kids get to play sports in school. Stop the B.S. about how the only way to achieve a well rounded 21st Century education is to be involved in sports. If you think it's so important, than pay the participation fee yourself, and stop demeaning those who can't afford to pay additional taxes. Lord, you people can't see beyond your own interests and desires.

Nemesis

Yes, stop asking others to subsidize your child's recreation. It's not our job to entertain your kids.

fifteenthgreen

Pride, Tradition, Efficient!

ProudPerkinsGrad

As a graduate of the school district and a current college student, I think voting absentee for OUR school is the least I can do. For twelve years, those teachers and staff members worked to ensure that my future would be a successful one. What is dishonest or wrong about returning the favor for those currently going through the system? I can't imagine my time at PHS without the sports I played, the clubs I joined, and the arts in which I participated. Saying these things aren't important is foolish! These programs help students make friends, find role models, and determine what they may do with their futures. For many, they even give them a reason to attend the entire school day just for that one class or sport.
Lastly, it's frightening to think about what can happen to our community without a strong school system behind it. We have all seen the effects of hard times in the area, but what keeps families in town is knowing they live in a safe township with great schools. What happens when the last part of that is gone? I currently am proud to tell people I graduated from Perkins High School and I know the education I received is top notch, I hope that it will continue to be this way.
Vote Yes for our schools!

citizen

"As a graduate of the school district and a current college student, I think voting absentee for OUR school is the least I can do."

Or you could actually donate money yourself if you feel that passionately about Perkins Schools.

"What is dishonest or wrong about returning the favor for those currently going through the system?"

Well, you do not live, work, or pay taxes in Perkins Township.

Strong Schools ...

I agree with Proud Perkins Grad! I know you are CURRENTLY (this bold print is for citizen) in college and can't support financially, but you are being a leader by stepping up and showing support for the students. Keep up the great work and stay positive. I am glad this district produces students like you who want to make a positive influence in the future!

VOTE YES!

fifteenthgreen

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

Ibelieve2

For those asking about the district's ranking, I encourage you to go to www.ohio.gov and search school report cards. If you go to the link "view all local report cards" you will be able to look up report cards for the district as well as the individual buildings from previos years. You will notice the year we scored excellent that we actually met less indicators from when we were ranked effective. There is something called value added that played a part in this. You can read more about value added on the report card. There are many factors that contribute to a district's ranking.

VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

fifteenthgreen,
Please refer to the Perkins Local Schools website for the information. You can even submit a question and it will get answered. A lot of questions have been answered and you can read the response. I have submitted your question for you so you can get informed quickly.

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

fifteenthgreen

Pride, Tradition, Efficient!

VOTENO

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God Of Thunder

He would renege on that contract, then he wouldn't be able to have a wing in the new 'campus' named after him..

Strong Schools ...

The Board has put plans for any new school construction or renovation on hold until the district is operationally stable financially. 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.

Vote Informed

I thought I'd attach this for anyone who thinks this levy is for a new building. This question was asked directly to the board. This levy is not for a new building. I cannot make this any easier to understand. VOTE YES!

If the levy passes in August, will any of that money be used for new facilities or building renovations?

Answer:

No. 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.

VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

Where are your facts! We don't need your emotions at this time. We want factual information.

Vote Yes!

Vote4Perkins

I agree Strong Schools!

Vote yes for the students and teachers!

citizen

Haha, Gunner and Board can get away with deception of calling it an operations levy because they already took millions of dollars away from operations to put towards buildings against the will of taxpayers.

They now need money to replace the money they stole from operations.

Of course this is a building levy. They just took out a $3,000,000 loan to design the new school!!!

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.

Truth or Fiction

It is in the best interest of the community, property owners, business owners, and the students for this levy to pass. I congratulate the volunteers. Spread the word - pass the levy!

VOTENO

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Vote Informed

VOTE YES! For the students and teachers!

VOTENO

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Save R Students

VOTE YES for the community!

VOTENO

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Strong Schools ...

Vote Yes for a better future!

Truth or Fiction

@ VoteNo -
Let's take your worse case scenerio. The levy passes. A new school is built. The District becomes the premier district in the county if not the region. Property values increase by 12%. New businesses move into Perkins. Jobs are created. Your property investment provides a solid return.

And VoteNo wants to vote no? I say vote YES and let's make some money!

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