Perkins High assistant principal resigns

Perkins High School’s assistant principal announced his departure Wednesday for Maumee Schools.
Alissa Widman Neese
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

donutshopguy

RMyer,

Yes, there are other means to fund this facility issue. The method decided on by the school board removes the public's right to vote and have a check and balance on their decisions in regards to buildings. As an American I don't believe our country was built on removal of the public's vote. I thought it was the opposite. Did the history books change?

RMyer

History books haven't changed. Infrastructure projects and how to fund them are decided on by elected officials (roads, bridges, zoning changes, tax abatements/incentives, etc.) at the local, state, and federal level; it is a part of the job responsibilities. This board decided that to address the facility issue at the lowest cost to taxpayers (including themselves) in the short and long term was to proceed a different way other than bond levies. They did the research, they considered the options and the impact on residents, and chose what they believe is the least costly and will address both facilities and operations.

RMyer

Also DSG-regarding our children and grandchildren: Why would we allow a problem that we face today fester until it becomes the responsibility of our kids and grandkids? Shouldn't we solve the problem now? This issue will only grow in complexity and cost the longer we put it off.

donutshopguy

RMyer,

As you said we have discussed this issue previously. I'm not against improvement in buildings when needed. I'm against the process chosen to reach that point. I have given you and Mr. Gunner another option than the current funding method. This option does not fit into Mr. Gunner's dream plan so it was not evaluated. You can't mess with the masters dream plan.

My plan offers replacement of the high school with public vote. That's the difference.
It's the taxpaying public's vote. It's the taxpaying public's decision. It's not the ivory tower decision that brought us the "folly with the fountain."

VOTENO

Vote yes to give the teachers a raise and for a new building.

themomx6

Exactly!

Bherrle

Incorrect VOTENO - teachers have agreed to a pay freeze, among other concessions, and the any facility/building decisions will not be made now until after the November election when two BOE members are up for re-election.

Please stop spreading incorrect information. It is quite a shame that the Sandusky Register provides a forum for those who wish to spread incorrect information anonymously

donutshopguy

Bherrle,

The teachers are in negotiations for a new contract. Are you telling me that they have agreed to a freeze.

Bherrle

DSG,

I will seek clarity on that to be sure. I know they have been under a freeze, not 100% sure if that is carried thru to new negotiations or not.

I did post back a few pages on the blog about meeting with you, I just saw your offer earlier today. Tuesday around 8 AM, or 11:15AM or after works, or anytime Wednesday AM. If you have a regular spot, that's fine, I suggested Jolly Donut on 250 across from Pat Cataan's/Little Ceaser's.

donutshopguy

Bherrle,

Meet you at 8am tomorrow.

Donut

Bherrle

Sounds good, thank you.

Strong Schools ...

What teacher is getting a pay raise for this levy...NONE! Do not spread rumors and start something else. The teachers have taken a pay freeze for the past two years to try and help the district financially. Also, they have given more towards their insurance.

perkinsparent

I've read through most of the comments and will not get on my band wagon about what I think and why about the levy. I just want to remind the voters that the State is raising the sales tax by .25% and Erie County is also getting ready to raise the sales tax by another .5%. So, take a look at your income, expenses, wants vs. needs, and determine what is going to be right for you in the long run. I have kids in Perkins Township, but I am taking a long, hard look at our finances before August 6th gets here. As for Mr. Stanfield, I have had limited conversations with him, but he has been understanding, kind, and fair. I wish him all the best at the high school and look forward to meeting the new principal at Meadowlawn later this year.

citizen

Bherrle-

Could you please give me additional information on a faculty pay "freeze." What does this actually mean and when was this in effect?

I ask because I have searched a number of Perkins faculty through the State of Ohio Treasurer's Transparency website, and all faculty had increases in their salary between the 2010, 2011 and 2012 school years.

I am hoping you can provide me with further clarification on this so called "freeze." We don't want false information floating around. According to Josh Mandel, the State of Ohio Treasurer, faculty at Perkins have been receiving healthy raises over the past several years.

44870 South

Don't be bullied into passing this levy. Vote "NO".

Strong Schools ...

There are no bullies here. There are informed people who are taking a stand for their children. We need to keep the student's best interest in mind.

citizen

Could a tax increase supporter please explain how Gunner calculated the $730 per sport fee?

On the Q&A page on the Perkins Schools website, he provided a chart that shows $454,043 in athletic department costs. This is divided by the 622 student participants for a rate of $730 per student.

However, Gunner did not take into account the revenues that are generated by the athletic department. According to Mike Strohl's (Athletic Director) response on the Q&A forum, athletics generates revenue of $142,194. Plus $5,000 per season from the PABC.

This puts Perkins Athletics at a $296,849 annual operating loss (454,043-142,194-5,000-5,000-5,000). The $296k loss divided by the 622 participants shows a $477 fee per participant would cover the operating loss of the athletic department and also pay for the AD and assistant's salary.

Why then did Gunner and board choose to use the $730. Could it be that the $730 fee would likely have a much larger negative impact and cause more parents to vote yes to avoid the fee than a $477 fee? Nah, Gunner and Board don't use scare tactics like that!

VOTENO

Exactly. Gunner said the police got their levy passed by threatening to dismantle the department. Now he is doing the same thing.

VOTENO

Why do we need all these assistants? If the department head can't do the job on their own without an assistant, fire them and hire someone else who can.

Bherrle

Citizen,

I am seeking clarification on your question. I know that the ticket sale revenue pays for the list of things noted below, and I want to verify that what is listed as "athletic department costs" in the chart you refer to doesn't pay for the same things as ticket revenue.

Our ticket revenue almost always annually matches our Athletic Department budget. We would spend more than we bring in annually if it were not for the $5,000 seasonal supplemental payment from the PABC, equipment purchases from the PABC, and coaches purchases from their fundraiser accounts. Our coaches do a great job of fundraising to take some of the burden off the athletic department in regard to purchases for the program.

List of items purchases from the Athletic Department Budget: The annual revenue is usually very close to department expenses each school year.

Officials Equipment

Game Workers and Staff Awards and Trophies

Police Security Technology & Software

SBC League Dues Golf Course Fees

Tournament Entry Fees Hotels (state and clinics)

Uniforms Post Season Banquets

Medical Supplies Athletic Department Office Supplies

Printing Costs

Sports that have ticket revenue: Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Wrestling, Track & Field. These 7 sports produce the revenue to operate all the other programs in the Athletic Department.

44870 South

Don't be bullied into passing this levy. Vote "NO".

44870 South

We don't need brand new buildings...That's what this is all about. My house is older than those buildings! Vote NO.

Bherrle

44870 South,

Comparing one's home to a large public building(s) housing hundreds of students, teachers, staff, etc, is just not an apples to apples comparison. My home was built in 1959, I support the levy, I will be Voting YES.

My home does not have decaying exterior walls, sewage leaks under the building, asbestos insulation around plumbing, asbestos tile, nor asbestos containing ceilings that can easily be caused to leak fibers into the air. 3 study's (2 independent) have recommended building new, that the cost to renovate is not feasible. Those study's are available to the public, in fact at least one of them is available on the districts website @ http://www.perkins.k12.oh.us.

RMyer

The age of a house has nothing to do with a public use facility. A public use facility like the high school has been exposed to the wear and tear of tens of thousands of individuals over the years. Also, there are concerns about construction materials used in the school buildings, safety and security concerns, deteriorating iron pipes, unusable restrooms, accessibility issues, exit issues, and so on. The decision to renovate or build new must be arrived at by looking at costs of both and long term demographic trends and what that means for facility use. A decision to do nothing will result in higher costs in the future.

Wald

And yet the Health Department, an entity who wasn't paid by Perkins to make sure to find something wrong, said students are perfectly safe going there. Hmmm...

themomx6

This post is very interesting.............any comment?

citizen
Mon, 07/15/2013 - 6:28pm

Could a tax increase supporter please explain how Gunner calculated the $730 per sport fee?

On the Q&A page on the Perkins Schools website, he provided a chart that shows $454,043 in athletic department costs. This is divided by the 622 student participants for a rate of $730 per student.

However, Gunner did not take into account the revenues that are generated by the athletic department. According to Mike Strohl's (Athletic Director) response on the Q&A forum, athletics generates revenue of $142,194. Plus $5,000 per season from the PABC.

This puts Perkins Athletics at a $296,849 annual operating loss (454,043-142,194-5,000-5,000-5,000). The $296k loss divided by the 622 participants shows a $477 fee per participant would cover the operating loss of the athletic department and also pay for the AD and assistant's salary.

Why then did Gunner and board choose to use the $730. Could it be that the $730 fee would likely have a much larger negative impact and cause more parents to vote yes to avoid the fee than a $477 fee? Nah, Gunner and Board don't use scare tactics like that!

samantha

In that same explanation from Strohl he states that the $142K- the revenue from football and basketball- pay for the officials and staff to run all the games for all the sports- freshmen, JV, varsity.

RMyer

"While the district budget pays for coaches salaries and transportation costs, the athletic budget pays for most of the day-to-day expenses of running the athletic program. The figures used by Mr. Gunner and the Board reflect salaries, benefits, and transportation costs only. It is assumed that the revenue from ticket sales and donations from the PABC are needed to continue to cover the day-to-day costs of the athletic department. Listed below are all of the items that the athletic department pays for from the ticket revenue and PABC donations. None of these costs were figured in the Board expenses.
List of items purchases from the Athletic Department Budget: The annual revenue is usually very close to department expenses each school year."

Officials Equipment
Game Workers and Staff Awards and Trophies
Police Security Technology & Software
SBC League Dues Golf Course Fees
Tournament Entry Fees Hotels (state and clinics)
Uniforms Post Season Banquets
Medical Supplies Athletic Department Office Supplies
Printing Costs

The way I understand it is that the ticket revenues cover the above items. The Athletic Dept. cost on the chart you referenced is for salaries/benefits/costs in the athletic dept. that the ticket revenues do not cover. So, the $730 calculation appears to be correct.

RMyer

For those who have questioned the technology, STEM, and other educational/facility initiatives undertaken by Perkins, there is an interesting quote from Sen. Gardner in the Sandusky School article today: "Public education has more competition than it did 20 or 30 years ago and if you sit back and don't engage, you're bound to lose students. . ." I would also argue that a district runs the risk of not attracting additional families looking to locate to the area if the school environment is deemed inadequate. Most realtors I have spoken to indicate that one of the top questions about an area is the school system as folks gather information to make a decision about where to build or buy.

observer

Why is it that Huron, Margaretta, Edison, Clyde, etc., who have school buildings that are older/equal/worse condition aren't in an uproar to build a new complex? Could it be that they realize the current economic conditions are too bad to even consider building a new school? Very strong rumors that KBI, or whatever they're caling it now, is closing soon. Today's front page of the paper has a story about Erie Co. Board of DD shutting down the transportation department. I know several people there who will be losing their jobs when that happens. People just do not have the money right now!

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