Perkins, Margaretta school leaders apply for other districts’ openings

Includes pdfs of applications.
Alissa Widman Neese
Nov 7, 2013
Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner said he’s available to leave the district Jan. 1, according to a job application the Register obtained Monday.

Gunner recently applied to be superintendent at Tiffin Schools and Findlay Schools.

Margaretta Schools superintendent Ed Kurt is also vying for the Findlay Schools job.

The Register obtained copies of applications and resumés they sent to the districts.

In Gunner’s application to Tiffin Schools, he lists his “date available for employment” as Jan. 1, but says his “preferred hire date” is Aug. 1. The current Tiffin Schools superintendent is set to retire Dec. 31 and board members hope to select areplacement by the end of the month.

Gunner’s contract with Perkins Schools ends July 2015. He currently receives about $117,000 a year and is requesting a $120,000 salary at Tiffin Schools.

In their applications to Findlay Schools, Gunner and Kurt were not required to list their preferred hire date. Board members hope to announce their selection in late December. Their superintendent retires at the end of the school year.

Gunner is requesting a $150,000 salary at Findlay Schools, while Kurt is requesting a $135,000 salary. Kurt receives about $118,000 a year at Margaretta Schools. His contract ends July 2016.

Gunner has not returned calls seeking comment on his job applications and other Perkins Schools issues.

When contacted this past week, Kurt said he is happy at Margaretta Schools, but is exploring other opportunities.

Copies of the applications and resumés have been posted below



Oh my......he has experience with levies and bond issues!
Personally, I am glad to see his resume. Probably should have left his phone number out though the email address might be helpful for those in the community to actually communicate with him. Then again, wasn't Bucchieri who he replaced?? Perhaps he should have worked harder at more grant funding...........


When you deal with public dollars, everything is open and that is why we have a newspaper to dig for the information and get it out there. Gunner holds a public position and any kind of information is up for grabs.

Keep Focused

In many, many ways Jim Gunner has done an outstanding job for our schools. A large number of people close to the operation of the schools know that. At the encouragement
Of the School Board he put together and presented big and ideas and a big game plan.

For some people, the big thinking was hard to take.

He really doesn't deserve critisism. He has done many, many good things.


Very well stated Keep Focused.


Bherrle, I don't know you, but I'll bet you're very easy to recognize, just look for the person with the brownest nose in Perkins township.


Well, just keep looking for me and let me know if you find me.

In all seriousness, I choose to voice my concerns/disagreements with officials in private for the most part. It is possible to support an overall cause even if you don't agree with every single item. I'll leave it at that.


Actually, I disagree with at least 3000
People in this community. My nose isn't as brown as you think. :)


"I choose to voice my concerns/disagreements with officials in private"
That is the preferred protocol in tin pot dictatorships and corrupt banana republics. That way, if you are not one of the elite, they can safely ignore your concerns without the risk that they might resonate with someone who is part of the elite, and if you are in a position of influence, they can arrange a quid pro quo that benefits you and you alone in exchange for dropping your concerns/objections. In free democracies it's preferred that everyone hear issues and how the leaders respond in a transparent way.

I find myself wondering why most of your rhetoric on this issue tends to evoke a rather fascist outlook on the relationship and power dynamic between government and the governed, and if perhaps you would be happier in a country whose ideals more closely fit with this servile stance you advocate in relating to public officials.


Keep wondering, your not even close.


Close to what? I didn't offer any speculation regarding what I was wondering about, which was WHY your rhetoric is so fascist in nature. In fact, I don't really wonder that much, because I actually couldn't care less what drives you to want to be a vassal of Lord Gunner. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of people who want to abdicate all their decisions to government officials who promise to take care of them.


Yes he has done positive things, and it's to bad that it gets overshadowed by all the negative things he has done

Good 2 B Me

O.J. Simpson did many positive things too. What does society remember him for?


You are actually comparing Gunner to OJ??

Good 2 B Me

Are you really that stupid?


Hey not 2good2 b me, come on man, you know you can't compare the two and i believe you meant it as a sarcastic joke, but you bring up a great point, you can do all the good you want and when you do something bad or wrong it may be what your going to be remembered as. like it or not, were all going to be remembered for something, it is our own choice if its good or bad

Good 2 B Me

Exactly. All that O.J. did that was good was undone by something bad. Not comparing the two, just saying!


I am reminded of some historical remarks about the trains at least running on time.



In many ways, Richard Nixon did an outstanding job for our country. He got us out of an imperialist foreign war, something neither our current president nor his predecessor have managed to do. He dealt decisively with inflation and the oil embargo. He opened China, and is unmatched to this day in his general foreign policy performance. A large number of the American people knew that - 1972 was the biggest landslide in our nation's history.

However, NONE of that justifies, excuses, or ameliorates the conduct that led to his resignation, nor the arrogance and conceit that drove that conduct. Nixon felt that his big thinking placed him above the law, and above the oversight and consent of the governed.

Gunner is guilty of the same failing. Regardless of his big ideas, his certainty of how right those ideas were, or even of his apparent belief, amply expressed in his open letter to the community, that the electorate wasn't enlightened to be entrusted with decisions regarding his big game plan for a shiny, sexy new campus, this nation functions on the principle that such decisions are their right. Al Gore once expressed admiration for China, because their leaders were not fettered by democracy from getting things done that "needed to be done." Gunner's supporters are echoing such sentiments.

Those legally empowered with the pursestrings said no to the chief executive's big game plan. He and his cabal chose to subvert that response with a financial shell game, finding a funding source, that, while technically legal, constituted an end run around the clear choice of those to whom he is properly subordinate in such matters. This describes TWO situations - The Perkins millage switch, and the Iran-Contra scandal. Given your nixonian defense of Gunner, and Gunner's choice to imitate one of the federal government's biggest constitutional scandals in recent history, I'd say that maybe you and your idol might want to seek out better examples to follow.

The Perkins BOE has its marching orders - offer the best education they can with the current revenue levels. They need to marshall their mental energies on carrying out their mandate rather than wasting time and money on demonstrations that they don't understand that no means no. If that means Android tablets instead of iPads, if it means the district stops subsidizing the recreational pursuits of those who like to play popular team sports, so be it.


A comparison to OJ, and now one to Nixon, and Al Gore (who invented the Internet, by the way). Oh, and the millage switch compared to Iran-Contra? Do we have any other bidders on over-reaching comparisons?

"Shiny, sexy new campus"? What do you base that statement on? Are you all still holding on the notion that an artists rendering of a fountain on paper meant that was a final plan? Do you all still believe that what the Sandusky Register printed back in 2010, that Perkins was set on building a $100 Million facility right then and there? There is Kool-Aid being drank alright, that it is not the flavor some No Voters have been accusing supporters of drinking.

I thought the BOE was suppose to look out for the good of the district and it's students, first and foremost. Not take "marching orders" from all taxpayers. This mindset is why most states in this nation don't allow it's citizens to vote on school taxes. Coming up on 14 years now of not passing a new levy. What was the reason 10 years ago? 5 years ago? 3 years ago? This year? What will the reason be for saying no 5 years from now? You can't blame it on Gunner 5 or ten years ago, and you won't be able to blame it on him 5 years from now.

The millage move was "legal" - period. No "technically" or "unethical" about it. No "end run". The millage moved was not voted millage.


The millage move was legal, yes. Whether or not it was unethical is opinion. You don't think it was. Fine. I do think it was, and it is a big reason why I vote No. No numbers or arguments will convince me otherwise. We'll just have to agree to disagree on the issue.


"I thought the BOE was suppose to look out for the good of the district and it's students, first and foremost. Not take "marching orders" from all taxpayers. This mindset is why..... "

....this country was formed, in opposition to the paternalist mandarins as which you see the BOE.

There you have it, folks - Bherrie's true colors. Democracy - bad. Public officials being subject to the consent of the governed - bad. BOE as an enlightened elite of paternalist overlords, taking from the citizenry as they see fit - good. According to Bherrie, the BOE doesn't work for you, you work for them, and you better work a little harder because pharoah wants more money to build more pyramids.

"most states in this nation don't allow it's citizens to vote on school taxes"

Taxation without representation - GOOD. Wow, is there no end to your fascist thinking? Imagine, Bherrie, the AUDACITY of these peons who actually DARE to demand a say in their own taxation. I can only imagine your outrage when they aspire to say a thing or two about curriculum or anything else you feel is more properly left to the discretion of our enlightened overlords.

Never have I seen such a tacit endorsement of the public school administration mantra of "hand over your wallet and your kids, then shut up and go away, because we're EXPERTS."


""Shiny, sexy new campus"? What do you base that statement on?"

I've not seen any fountain pictures. Gunner wants new buildings. If you think for one minute those new buildings will be spartan, functional, or anything but an overdesigned showplaces, then I have a bridge to sell you.
You don't need a million dollars to design a simple, practical, non-showplace school building.

It's pretty clear you've been drinking statist, authoritarian Kool-Aid that's left you unable to value anything more than deference to official government authority. Some of us are not as satisfied as you are with serfdom.


Careful, Nemesis. Subtle may reply with his convoluted figures and links from "Wired" and tell you how we NEED to pay what they tell us to pay. Forget having a say as a tax paying citizen. He'll tell you that we need to build $100 million schools to get people to flock to the Mecca that is Perkins Township. Don't question why...just fork over your tax dollars.


Bherrie, do you care to substantiate why any of my comparisons are overreaching? You know, the sort of factual, reason-based approach you so strongly advocated at your debut here, or are you going to just stand on naked assertion?

Keep Focused

Allissa, you would do well to consider the comments from "Tell it ...". Good balance is always hard to find and you always have to check if you are "in balance". You are in an environment that easly sees the negative in public Officals and and seems to to miss much of the positive. Of course some Public Officials get a good amount of positive recognition, and those officials are, to their credit, very good at fostering the positive relationship. But I feel your job is to stay balanced even when it is not easy.

Here it is predictable that posting the documents could cause people to pick out certain information and continue the with the critisism. Once again the good that Dr Gunner has done gets lost. Keep working to do a great job. Thanks.

local man

His resume should also include that his commute to the job should be shorter than his current one hour each way ( availablity for more after school functions) and that his school system has been very sucessful in shipping out their 11th and 12th graders to Firelands Community College for their education instead of providing within the high school.


First of all it's not Firelands Community College. It is Bowling Green State University Firelands College. Secondly, all high school students in Ohio who have a high enough GPA are eligible to take college courses for both high school and college credit per state law. It is much more financially responsible for students to go to Firelands than it would be for each individual district to offer a large range of dual enrollment options. Most students enjoy being able to take classes at the college. It also helps better prepare them for college.
I don't understand your problem with this.


"Bherrle, I don't know you, but I'll bet you're very easy to recognize, just look for the person with the brownest nose in Perkins township."

^^^^^^ :)


See my response above.

Attacking me solves nothing.


Mister Gunner's photo speaks volumes. America does not need leadership that is grossly overweight. Since smoking is social unacceptable so too should be unfit people who are supposed to serve the populace. Our healthcare is burdened by people like this.