Perkins High assistant principal resigns

Perkins High School’s assistant principal announced his departure Wednesday for Maumee Schools.
Alissa Widman
Jul 12, 2013
At a brief meeting, school board members approved Nick Neiderhouse’s resignation and called upon Meadowlawn Intermediate School principal Dean Stanfield to fill the vacancy. Stanfield will be “co-principal” to current Perkins High School principal Mark Dahlmann, who will advise and train him to possibly take on the principal position full-time someday, communications director Chris Gasteier said.   
 
Neiderhouse was hired earlier this week as principal of Wayne Trail Elementary School at Maumee Schools. He was Perkins High School assistant principal for two years.   
 
The district has posted the Meadowlawn Intermediate School principal vacancy on its website and is accepting both internal and external applications, Gasteier said. The school board’s next meeting is Aug. 7, but its agenda is contingent on what happens the day prior.
 
Perkins Township voters will go to the polls Aug. 6 to decide the fate of a contentious emergency operating levy. It would fund day-to-day operations for the district, including employee salaries and benefits. If voters approve the levy, board members will recall employees cut in June to save costs and will reverse the increase in pay-to-participate athletic fees. If voters do not approve the levy, board members will agree to place a new levy on the November ballot.
 
Board members ended Wednesday’s meeting with a closed-door session to discuss possible litigation with an attorney and employee negotiations. No action was expected after the private meeting.

Comments

lifetimeresident

Let them plummet. My house has been paid off for 10 years. I'm not going anywhere. I hope. Not to soon. I have Perkins Pride. But Gunner has to go. He's causing my neighbors to vote NO. Period. Holding a grudge or not. Doesnt matter. We want a levy to pass. Only one way to get it to pass.

Strong Schools ...

Have you ever talked to him personally or gone to a board meeting? Do not judge if you have not made your OWN assumptions. Dr. Gunner has made choices that will benefit our children and I appreciate him sticking up for what is right.

Bherrle

Lifetime,

But what about when your home does need to be sold, however far into the future that is?

Strong Schools ...

Agree, Ohioredbabe!

Strong Schools ...

How about passing the levy in August so our children can have a great educational experience with multiple opportunities and so our property values do not decrease. Vote Yes and help our students and our community.

Bherrle

And I believe that if Dr. Gunner resigned to secure more Yes votes, it would be a HUGE mistake, and set a dangerous precedent.

How bout that

How many jobs would've been eliminated,how many program cuts,and how much would it cost for extracurricular activities had operating funds been left alone and not moved to a permanant improvements? Yes,I know,that there would still be a need for additional funds to properly operate the schools,had the monies not been moved. It just seems to me that Dr. Gunner and the board were willing to use the students,staff,and faculty as pawns to get their new facilities built. It doesn't seem to be the wisest course of action.

eriemom

"Stanfield will be “co-principal” to current Perkins High School principal Mark Dahlmann, who will advise and train him to possibly take on the principal position full-time someday"

The district is transferring a principal into an assistant principal position. They are calling his new position co-principal, rather than a demotion. It could be to give Mr. Stanfield some additional training.

Strong Schools ...

Moving to another school is not a demotion. It is still a principal's job. The assistant principal tends to deal with more of the discipline so the other principal can focus on other situations. This is no where close to a demotion. Vote yes and support the students!

VOTENO

Vote no for the kids.

ohioredbabe

Please explain why I should vote no for the kids.

DLK

You require a lot of explaining. Explain why we should explain why to you?

believeit

Because an explanation would make for a more civil discourse, something lacking in some these blogs.

ohioredbabe

You stated vote no for the kids. Convince me why I should vote no for the kids. How does a no vote benefit the kids? As Wald has said twice I believe we are in a democracy. Educated discussion and debate is a part of living in a democracy.

Wald

I love how you pick and choose when democratic principals are important to you. Doesn't it bother you at all that the taxpayers of Perkins exercised their democratic rights by voting no, yet Gunner and the BOE ignored this and did what they wanted anyway? They spit in the faces of all who fought and died to protect our democratic rights, which I find heartbreaking. How can you condone dictatorship by voting yes?

RMyer

I truly hope that you are also directing your frustration toward the officials in Columbus because their failure to properly address school funding issues (and by shifting more public tax dollars away from public schools to fund privately run schools) is what causes virtually every district in Ohio to come back to local voters every 3 years on average. The current governor's funding formula considers Perkins a property wealthy district, and as such, more of the burden is being placed on us to fund the schools. Reduced state funds and business inventory taxes previously paid are not being replaced by the state. The primary source of district funding issues rests in Columbus.

So make phone calls; write emails and letters to those folks to let them know how tired we are of what their lack of action does to local school districts and communities.

donutshopguy

RMyer,

Where does the state get their money? Taxes from you and I. So with your proposition you would encourage the state government to increase taxes to support the schools in the manner you feel acceptable? Arn't you just paying taxes for school out of a different pocket ? I would much rather keep those decisions local.

RMyer

Of course I understand where the state gets its money. The Ohio Constitution states: "The General Assembly shall make such provisions, by taxation, or otherwise, as, with the income arising from the school trust fund, will secure a thorough and efficient system of common schools throughout the state . . ." Four times the state funding system has been ruled unconstitutional, and then the court removed itself from any further action on school funding 10-12 years ago which has allowed our legislators to fumble about and change direction every time a new governor is elected. About the current funding formula: “The state’s formula really penalizes districts unfairly if they’re deemed to be a wealthy district [e.g. Perkins]". So, I will stand by my statement that the folks in Columbus still have some work to do. If they would work a bit harder at this problem (i.e. addressing HB 920) perhaps school districts wouldn't have to have levy requests so often. And it is a statewide problem which means it is systemic and should be addressed.

The decisions concerning our district operations and facilities have been made locally. The locally elected board members are making decisions that they believe are in the best interest of the school district and community. It is all residents' right to agree or not agree with those decisions, but the board members are operating legally and within their elected authority. If we don't agree, we have the right to vote in different board members.

Strong Schools ...

The state is taking away money from certain public schools across the state. Some schools are not affected as much, if not at all. School finance is not fair and we need the state officials to step up and fix the problems. They are trying to solve the school's financial problems on the backs of the local taxpayers. The state needs to come up with a better plan and solution so we are not having these issues as a community. But, we need to support our students and make sure they have a great education.

donutshopguy

Because if you don't vote "no" until the millage is moved back than you have taken away those children's rights to vote on building issues in the future.

Look at a bigger picture. Don't take away their right to vote.

AllTheAnswers

If the Perkins levy passes, the super should be required to donate the value of a $200 K home during the tenure of his employment. Further, it should be required he has until the school year begins to move into the district. Thus, his $300/month 'travel expense' will be eliminated as well.
Three separate committees should be formed by the BOE to represent the community. Nine different people, three sac on:
1. Buildings Group
2. Financial Advisor/Auditor Group
3. Personnel Board advising on new hires, supplementals, oversee the BOE, and have the Super report directly to them in addition to BOE.

The community had lost trust. The BOE no longer represents the majority of the community serving as the elected "representatives of the community". Gunner works for the BOE whom is elected to represent the taxpayer. Seems as though he is no longer the tail, he is the whole darn dog! This is not the way it is supposed to be. These committees could see to it that Gunner remains accountable. Purchase/propose district-wide NEEDS, not personal WANTS through this professional committee. The Perkins system, unfortunately, needs one extra level of checks and balances...including the financial hierarchy.

underthebridge

These are great ideas AllTheAnswers. If I remember correctly, your opinion of the district and Gunner has changed considerably. To what do you attribute your changes?

Strong Schools ...

Dr. Gunner still pays taxes even if he does not live in our community. I believe he is paying higher taxes where he lives now. So many people commute to work each day. I think it is just an excuse for people to be against him. It should not matter if he lives in our district. The board members are the ultimate decision makers. Gunner can give his recommendations but the board makes the final decision. If you do not like what our board has done than do not vote for them in November. Don't take it out on the students in August. Support our Students! Vote yes!

donutshopguy

Strong,

So you are for giving up those kids rights in the future to make decisions on school buildings? Let's sacrifice the future to get what we want now? Haven't we done enough of that at the federal level of government?

Sorry, I have kids and grandkids in the community and will not sacrifice their rights and responsibilities in the future to solve a problem today.

Strong Schools ...

What rights am I sacrificing? How is my post related to buildings?

Strong Schools ...

Our the students have the right to a quality education that we have not supported financially for 18 years (new money). It is embarrassing to know that some people in this community will not support their future contributing community members...the students. When I moved my family here I was so excited because I have always heard awesome things about Perkins and the schools. Now we are learning that there are some irresponsible people living among us that hold grudges, can't think long term, and put their needs before their/our children. I am voting yes and supporting the students!

donutshopguy

Strong,

I'm irresponsible because I suggest a different direction to a new building? I'm think way more long term than you.

You are looking at now. I'm looking at my kids and grandkids generations.

Why are you so willing to give up the voting rights of the taxpayers ?

underthebridge

Additionally, this community has to be prepared that its population will in all likelihood continue to decrease. Large school buildings that are state of the art, but not occupied will be a big problem for our children and grandchildren.

Strong Schools ...

I feel that everyone should exercise their right to vote. There are a lot of people who do not vote informed and have a hard time putting others before themselves. People do not do their own research and believe some of the rumors and misinformation on these blogs. I am willing to sacrifice movie and pizza night if that ensures the children in my community will receive a well rounded education . They will be the ones running this community in the future. Support the students and take your frustration out in November.

RMyer

DSG: We've been around this block several times. The decision on facilities rests within the scope of the elected board members. So, we all have the right, now and in the future, to encourage candidates to run who share our views. Then we work to get them elected. It's somewhat ironic to me that the inside millage (also known as "unvoted" millage is at the center of the disagreement). It is part of the 10 mills set by law that local gov't entities split. Local gov't bodies are permitted to use this millage as they see fit.

Just because bond levies have been traditional, doesn't mean that is the only way to address facilities. Going the traditional bond levy route will at this point, and going forward, will result in a higher cost to taxpayers (operational + bond levies).

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