Gunner, Kurt apply to be Findlay Schools superintendent

Perkins, Margaretta superintendents are two of 10 applicants revealed Thursday
Alissa Widman Neese
Nov 1, 2013

Jim Gunner and Ed Kurt, superintendents at Perkins Schools and Margaretta Schools, respectively, are vying to be superintendent at Findlay Schools, according to the Findlay Courier.

An article posted to the Courier's website Thursday lists Gunner and Kurt as two of 10 applicants seeking the job.

When contacted Thursday, Kurt said he submitted an application a few weeks ago. The application process ended Oct. 25.

"It's an opportunity I'm exploring," Kurt said. "I'm very happy where I'm at. We've accomplished a lot and there's still a lot to accomplish, but I'm looking into that opportunity."

Gunner did not return a call Thursday evening seeking comment.

Findlay school board members hope to announce their selection in late December, according to the Courier. Findlay Schools superintendent Dean Wittwer is retiring at the end of the current school year.



Twisted is you thinking it is ok to post video footage of children's fingerprints embedded in asbestos laced material. That could be one of your daughter's fingerprints, Brad and you find it acceptable that this hasn't been removed? What are we waiting for? Even if a new building is approved, it will take years to build it. Why, as a father, is this ok with you?

Strong Schools ...

Get the facts on the levy website and vote yes! Your questions will be answered on the FAQ and video page.


This clearly was a waste of time!

Suitcase Simpson

Oh to be a fly on the wall of the secret meeting room where Bhurl and Gunnie and the other yessirs have been meeting. Trying to come up with some damage control after their hero has been outed as going to Findlay Schools! Word on the street and in the coffee shops is that the yessirs are apoplectic and so angry that they may try to remove the levy from the ballot. You couldn't write this stuff if you tried. The board and Gunnie must leave before any levy will pass. Who would have thought that we could be victims of a little cabal with its hands in our pockets, claiming they'll start teaching out children so much better if only they had more money. Hogwash. Cut the teachers' and administrators' pay by 40 percent and dispose of the board and gunnie. They have never experienced a paycut. Time to expand their experiences!!! VOTE NO!!

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Haha, he just saw the writing on the wall! Michael Ahner made no secret he was going to fire him after he got elected on the 5th for unfairly firing his grandmother! Enjoy the unemployment line if Findlay doesn't hire you because if they don't Mike will see to it that you are gone on the 6th!!! Time to pay the piper Jim,,, you never mess with family!


Wow. Really? One board member has the power to fire a Superintendent? I did not know that. ;). (Sarcasm)

In all seriousness, if what you state is true, then thank you for confirming that Michael's real agenda is not serving the community, but rather is driven by a family personal agenda.

Not at all a good reason for people to vote for him.


What is the agenda of the current board? Fix the asbestos issue posted on the school website or continue to use it as campaign material to get a levy passed? What is your priority? If kids are touching this stuff as evident from the video footage posted on the district levy site, why hasn't it been removed, Brad? No winks. No sarcasm. No smiley faces.

"Not a good reason to vote for him" but keep the morons in their that are allowing funds to be used for other issues besides taking care of an emergency.


District levy site lied, Erie County Health Dept. had a different story It had their report on this link


I know, Hawkeye. I'm just tired of them using children's fingerprints on asbestos laced ceiling tiles as a political scare to once again, attempt to get what they want. If it truly exists and children can disturb it, it should be removed immediately at all cost....pass or fail. Instead, they use the money as they see fit.


I wholeheartedly agree with you it has always been about priorities and it seems that they have only one-what's in it for them.


Somebody at the Perkins Local SD has been fibbing and exaggerating about the conditions at the school.


Agree, Centauri. They are using this to induce panic and once again, scare the voters into buying into their own personal agenda! Just like with the stadium bleachers. All of a sudden they were unsafe and the insurance company decided not to insure them......even though they hadn't been changed for years. When they were all wooden, they were replaced and a heal plate was installed to reduce the chance of injury. They didn't need to be replaced. The old wooden ones did and they were. All LIES!

Strong Schools ...

The site did not lie...go to the board office and request the records for yourself. Go to the site for the facts and vote yes in November!


What are you talking about, Strong Schools?


Gunner probably cannot be fired. He has a contract until or through 2015. Despite him being a divisive figure, the BOE gave him a lengthy contract which means we're stuck unless he finds a job elsewhere.


He can be bought out if we take out another loan to pay him off!


Hey Perkins levy campaign........stay away from our VETS on Tuesday! The kids didn't feel comfortable doing it the first time! Oh that's right. You're not allowed on the property.


Heard from some people the other day that said Franklin won't campaign the OVH even though he is a vet.


He has my respect...and vote!

Strong Schools ...

He didn't show up at the last debate either. Sounds dependable...sarcasm. Vote yes in November and support the students!


You failed to mention Chapman missed one as well :)


"It's about the children, it's about the school conditions, it's about the board, it's about the superintendent, it's about a new school, it's about the money spent on the stadium and the costly loan for study on new bldg. vs renovations, it's about millage moved without voter approval, it's about the teacher's salaries, it's about State funding, etc., etc. Bottom line it's about all these things period and how it effects the lives of everyone. Yes the State has to do something BUT it hasn't thus far therefore it falls back on those who are fortunate enough to own property (and passed on to those who don't). Where does it end. They say it will only cost $26 increase a month on a $100,000 home & to give up this and that. Well when everyone has their hand in your pocket that $26 is a lot. And why do they only list it based on $100,000 when many of the homes in the township are far above that amount which means it would be much more than $26/mo…when you take that amt. times a year it equals $312/year…that looks more intimidating and more in perspective than the $26/mo. does. Look at your property tax bill (auditor's website) and see how much of your total property taxes are already going to the schools…it's the majority of the total! To our family it's a matter of fix what you have, live within your means, make cuts like we all have done and continue to do and get back to basics. If the bldg. is so bad why did they move the administrative offices there. We live in a home that's older than Perkins school and is still livable through maintaining it (and it did have asbestos in it..which the plumber told us as long it is wrapped and not exposed there's no problem). Also note, the next tax bill you get will include the police levy that just passed and if this school levy should pass it is retro-active from January 1, 2013 which means an addtl. huge increase to your property taxes.. how many people do not realize this? We already voted NO because we feel enough is enough and will continue to vote NO because we simply can't afford any more increases period.


I doubt anyone here reading this spends less than $26 per WEEK on things we don't need like gourmet coffee, or scratch off tickets, or sundaes from Tofts, or cigarettes, or alcohol, or going out for fancy dinners. Heck, I spent $26 dollars at Chili's the other night, just because I got a coupon in the mail. I tip my pizza delivery guys $3 minimum, so quite frankly, I probably spend as much as this levy is going to cost tipping delivery guys every month. Come to think of it, I take my daughter to Menchies every Friday after school, so this levy is going to cost less than I spend on her frozen yogurt every month!

I personally would feel like a self centered jerk if I refused to spend $26 a month on the futures of our children when I probably spend 10 times that month on crap I don't really need.


Must be nice to have that luxury to spend your money on "Crap" you don't need. Maybe you can throw your extra money to the schools for the rest of us since you apparently feel like you can spend 10 times that amount.


So you don't buy cigarettes, fast food, lottery tickets, coffee from Starbucks or Bigby, alcohol, or tip delivery drivers? I find that hard to believe.

Levy cost equivalents (per month for a 100,000 home):

(3) 12 packs of Budweiser
(1) Fifth of Captain Morgans
(1) Ribeye dinner with drinks at Chili's
(5) 5 dollar scratch off lottery tickets
(6) Whoppers from Burger King
(4) Banana Splits from Tofts
(4) Packs of Marlboros
(5) Super Butter Bear Coffees from Bigby
(<1) Pay-per-View Sporting event
(3) Movie tickets (no popcorn or drink)
(8) Tips to delivery drivers

You get the idea, you would be the extreme exception, not the norm if you had zero expenditures in any of the examples above each month.

Of course, everyone has a right to send their money how they like; I simply said for me, as long as I can afford unnecessary expenses like the items above, I personally would feel selfish complaining about money that would be used for the children of this community.

I personally know at least one no voter who spends $84 per week on cigarettes 0.0


Factor in you daughter's medical bills from that "Asbestos crisis" at the High School. According to the levy website video, it's "everywhere in the high school"! Just like the "bleacher disaster". Make sure you don't forget about those future medical bills, Subtle!


I must be the exception.


Would you fix the asbestos problem immediately with that "$26", Subtle? After all, our children are potentially breathing in hazardous toxins! Why hasn't this been taken care of if we're not building a new school? You did say we are not building a new school, didn't you? I know you watched the videos, as well because you showed us that you are a plumbing/pipe expert. Would you remove the asbestos immediately or don't you care??? Is it ok for your daughter to be exposed to asbestos until a decision is made on the direction of the district. It's been an eight year problem according to the video on the levy site. Those children's fingerprint indentations could be your daughters. As a parent, why would you expose your daughter to asbestos filled schools when 2.5 million will remove it? Why would you put her in harms way? You chose not to put her in "dangerous" bleachers. Why do you think it is ok to subject her to breathing air filled with asbestos particles per the levy website? Children's fingerprint indentations = disturbing asbestos material = airborne hazardous particles. Your daughter needs you to step up and not take her to Menchies!

Strong Schools ...

Vote yes in November! Support the students.

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Bherrle, you make me want to hurl-e hahaha, keep on drinking that koolaide. It's not a "family personal agenda" it's justice, and it isn't just for the family. Gunner fired his grandmother because she didn't like his views. She was a long time teacher and because she wouldn't drink his koolaid, she was canned. I didn't have to confirm anything, it's no secret Michael Ahner is going to dethrone the tyrant, why do you think I'm voting for him. She had been there longer than him, he had no right!

You yesmen are just scared, all of you. I bet you are one of the board, and looking for a job yourself. Come Tuesday, Ahner is going to be sitting in your seat and he's going to fire Gunner.

We won't need a levy because Franklin is going to cancel all of the extra curricular programs you are so fond of that only serve to distract from the real purpose of school and that is LEARNING. How smug are you going to be after he cancels the football program and that stadium you dumped all that money into sits empty until we rent it out to other schools and actually start bringing money into the district!

Under Franklin's administration, once all the sports and extra curriculars are canceled, all that money for the coaches and bussing to events, and lighting for the stage, and groundskeeping costs, and pool maintenance, etc will all be able to be used to fix up the schools.

School is for learning, and no child is ever going to learn if all they care about is sports, or band, or drama, or all that other garbage! Vote YES to Franklin and bring an end to that nonsense!!