Levy is the only alternative for Perkins Schools

Register
May 1, 2014

A question we have heard from some in our community is “why do you continue to put a levy on the ballot? We have said no”

The simple answer is because we have no alternative.

Perkins Schools will have cut almost $4.5 million from our budget over the last two years. We have had our state funding reduced by $2.5 million. We have not had an increase in local taxes in 14 years.

These issues, coupled with continued unfunded mandates from the federal and state governments, have put our district in a difficult financial situation.

With your help, we can begin to emerge from this situation. The levy value of 3.94 mills on a $100,000 home would cost the equivalent of about two trips to Starbucks per month and would allow us to continue to provide a great education for the students of our district.

We have listened to the message from our community during the past four votes. The board has reversed 3.2 mils of inside millage with the rest to be reversed in the near future. No money from this levy will be used for new facilities and all facility plans have been placed on hold.

With the input from the community at four public meetings, we have laid out specifically what would be restored with the passage of this levy. Music and art at the elementary level and reduction in play to pay fees lead the list.

The entire list of restoration is available on the district’s website.

The Ohio school funding mechanism is difficult on communities such as Perkins. It can tear communities apart. Perkins is by any measure the lowest cost school district in the county. We provide a high quality education, however, in order to continue that mission long term, we need your support.

As we move forward, we will strive to continue to listen to the community and use this input to make the best decisions for thestudents of the district and for the needs of this community. Strong schools make a strong community. Let’s continue our Perkins tradition of strong schools AND a strong community. Vote “Yes” for the Perkins Schools Levy.

Perkins Board of Education, Matthew Kosior, Terry Chapman, Bradley Mitchel, Andrew Carroll and Michael Ahner Vote for Erie MetroParks replacement levy on May 6

Comments

MrGadfly

Thomas,

There are four remaining members of the school board from the last four "no" votes. The superintendent is still employed by the school system. These individuals are tainted. A large portion of the community does not trust these individuals.

The superintendent says he is retiring. The school board has rehired many administrators who have previously retired. The community does not trust the board not to follow their same tendency.

Why don't the four old school board members offer their resignation to help pass the levy? Are they interested in moving the school system forward or just protecting their legacies ?

I respect the community members that have "no" levy signs in their yards. They are not afraid of backlash from school administration and employees. They are taking an active role in the future of their community. They are not apathic. They are not mindless drones that blindly follow the will those in charge. You should applaud these community minded individuals not ridicule them. They are not against education. They are against education mandated by those they don't trust.

MP

In the November elections, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes, running on a NO platform, was Michael Ahner. Number two votes was long time incumbent Terry Chapman, beating out another NO candidate, Jay Franklin.
After looking at the situation and understanding the complexities of school finance, the NO voter, Michael Ahner is giving a message to all those the that voted for him. His actions are saying vote FOR the 3.9mil levy- that is what the school and community need.

Thomas Paine

MP

It is a conspiracy. Michael Ahner wouldn't sign that if he wasn't paid. Michael Ahner was coerced into signing it. If Franklin had won they wouldn't ask for this levy because they really don't need more funds. Its all a lie. Gunner forced them to sign it for his own dubious purposes. Next thing we know they will be serving Soylent Green to students for lunch.

Thomas Paine

I applaud them not following like mindless drones however, and this is my opinion there are better ways to show your disapproval then putting a sign in your yard for future residents looking at buying in the area, or future employees looking to moving to the area to see. It sends the wrong message about who we are as a community. So I disagree, I should applaud how they are not being mindless drones. I don't understand what a new board is going to accomplish when they will have to follow the same rules as the old one. I have already heard people griping about Ahner. We have had several new board members in the 14 years a levy hasn't passed. Each levy there is a new reason why people don't want to vote for it. This whole thing is a never ending cycle if we don't fix what is causing the cycle. Change may be needed at the local level as well but nothing will be different if change isn't made at the state level dictating what local elected BOE members and local supers and educators can do. As far as mistrust take that mistrust to a higher level and I would be happy to be part of that group and go after and force the state to change how we are taxed. The local effort is pointless and damaging to our community. You are just going to replace people you mistrust with more people you will mistrust in the future. We have already done that for 14 years.

Perkins Resident

Same can be said for vote yes signs. Those signs could change the mind of a potential home buyer who does not like high taxes. See how dumb that sounds Thomas? Those with vote no signs are exercising their rights as Americans. Period. Just as you feel your opinion is correct on they levy, they feel the same. Don't belittle those with vote no signs and those against the levy shouldn't belittle those with vote yes signs. Respect each others opinions and let the vote decide.

sugar

What new residents? Where are these people coming from? Downtown Sandusky? There is no one coming to Sandusky or Perkins because there is no draw, no well paying jobs. No jobs that can pay the taxes you want. You're insane.

Thomas Paine

Unfortunately I have never heard of anyone looking into moving to a community that is upset by signs supporting its school district. In fact its the first thing many people ask about when moving: How are the schools? I don't care if you have a vote no sign to anything else around the community. Vote no signs for something as vital to the community as the schools is unheard of. Only in Perkins. Once again just my opinion. I think its fair on my end to say I will agree to disagree. Respecting and disagreeing are two different things.

Finn Finn

Many people will agree to disagree with you Mr. Paine. The No signs no doubt galvanized many who thought it was hopeless to try to oppose the school district's ability to put endless levies on the ballot until they finally get what they want. Many folks saw they weren't alone in their feelings and gained the confidence to say out loud that they were indeed voting no and weren't going to be bullied. Many people like YOU try to shame others into voting Yes on a school levy with your BS PRONOUNCEMENTS that those who vote No aren't "supporting their school district" and quite frankly, it sounds like you're P.O. that it didn't work this time.

oldpirate

I would like to hear from the no voters what their plans are to take the school forward and how they plan to pay for it. Don't say just live within your means because with school funding the way it is and unfunded mandates all the time that is not a reality. Even if you ignore it finances will only get more expensive. Tell me otherwise.

Ralph J.

VOTE NO!! There are other alternatives. VOTE NO!!

fredinperkins

I certainly have a trust issue with the decision makers at Perkins Schools but I do agree with Thomas Paine. State funding cuts, unfunded mandates and the total disregard for the state supreme court ruling on funding are a few issues.

We are not the ONLY school district in the state that have these issues. There are over 600 districts in the state. Each one is administered by a superintendent, who usually holds a Doctorate degree, a school board which usually consists of members of the professional sector and a "treasurer" who has a certificate. If ALL of them lobbied to set up a "meeting of the minds" if you will with the Governor, perhaps that would have more of an impact than kicking the proverbial can down the road. Continuing to ask cash strapped community members for money until "THEY" resolve the funding issue is not the complete answer.

SanduskyGuardian

Don't fall for this nonsense. This talk of funding and Columbus is just deflection. Gunner has instructed his people to blame all the faults and shortages on the funding scheme and hope that people will begin to believe that our problems were begun and caused by budget cuts from Columbus. We were dealing with the cuts, we had a cash reserve, then Gunner began buying laptops and tossing around million dollar bills for things like the stadium. The issue is fiscal mismanagement by the board who have been mesmerized by Gunner, the issue is not some state level nonsense that we can neither affect or alter, we can control what is done in Perkins. Do not allow the Gunner-bots to make this about funding. It is malfeasance.

SanduskyGuardian

Come on folks, let's not pretend that we don't know what we are talking about. You go to the public meetings, at the school or the back room of the pizza parlor, they feel you out, if they like you you start getting their secret e-mail and get to go to meetings. Remember how he stood there and gave careful instruction how the "Register Team", that glorious 5 of you chosen to defend the Levy against the newspaper and the "no Bloggers", how you were "free" to mention that there is distrust, you are "ok" mentioning that there were problems in the past, that they can even "lean on" the captain, if doing so will give them credibility and the appearance of neutrality, then the blame must be shifted on Columbus and people compelled to vote yes to rescue their schools from the State. Look at every single pro levy post on here and you will see they follow the formula that their master directed them to use.

fredinperkins

I personally am not "falling" for any smoke and mirrors. Funding and Columbus may be a deflection but it is real. That is why I suggest that all the school districts of Ohio powers that be venture to Columbus on behalf of the STUDENTS and THE TAXPAYER. If they will not or can not then that reinforces your point.

Thomas Paine

Thank you Fredinperkins. And agree if districts arent getting together it does reinforce sanduskyguardians point. Regardless of what people assume here I can just as quickly switch to no vote if there is new information that warrants it. Right now unless there is some reasonable alternative to this current levy that is presented the letter from the board addressed issues I have had in addition to the other information I have gathered and knowing funding in this state is less than stellar I will vote for it. I want to hear ideas that are based on facts and knowledge of school funding.

observer

Brad Herrle, why did you change your screen name?

sugar

That's the name! Brad Herrle! Lol TP is BH!

Bherrle

Wrong.

Finn Finn

Yes, he is. Otherwise, he would be on here spouting (under Bherrle instead of ThomasPayne) his "it's the school funding system that needs correcting" talking point, as if saying it somehow puts money in the pockets of those folks who can't afford any new taxes.

Bherrle

Don't quit your day job Finn , a detective you are not.

Bherrle

I didn't.

Thomas Paine

If you dont believe Columbus is a problem ask any other districts. Call their BOE you will get the same song and dance. Talk to Mr Ahner. By now he has seen reality too. He may paint a completely different picture of what is really going on than what he thought was happening going into this job.Dont listen to me. Dont listen to sanduskyguardian. Dont listen to any anonymous bloggers. Get your own answers from sources you know arent biased. If you still vote yes or vote no that is fine. Its why we have elections. Life goes on pass or fail.

Thomas Paine

All I ask are where are the ideas? Where do you want the district to be in 5 years? How are we getting there? Neither side has effectively answered those questions. At least this time around it appears the board is listening and doing what it can that is reasonable and within the confines of reality.

underthebridge

A few years ago, there were parents who were willing to work on the school funding issue. What happened to them?

MrGadfly

Mr. Paine,

Your solution is pass on the cost of education to the state. Where does the state generate their money? Yep, from the same people that provide money to local government institutions like schools. So rather than take money out of my right pocket to pay local taxes you want me to take money out of my left pocket to pay the state. It's still coming out of my pocket. I would much rather control the purse strings at a local level where my voice is heard.

Thomas Paine

Look at Marylands way of funding. They spend similar dollars per student, perform better, and lower income smaller communities pay less out of their pocket. The current system we have puts a heavy burden on the local tax base which results in blogs like this all over districts like us. With less better paying jobs here and universal mandates from the federal and state level costing more and more money in my opinion leaving the burden on you and I is not the right answer. If you look at the state closely public school funds are being diverted to charter schools, ECOT and others. Effectively putting our public dollars in private hands which you have zero say over. Thats what all of us should be upset about.

oldpirate

Gadfly, You don't control anything. The state takes a good portion of your school taxes and gives the to so called less fortunate districts.
Even choosing to not support the levy will end up costing you to dig deeper into your pockets at a later date. That is a fact you can't escape. Your stand on principle solves nothing.

MrGadfly

oldpirate,

I have a fixed amount of money at my disposal. Do you want me to work a second job so the schools have all the bells and whistles? Is that what you expect everyone to do? Is that how you want people to dig deeper into their pockets?

Here is a fact you can't escape. I have no more money. I have nothing left but principle.

MrGadfly

Mr. Paine,

Good luck telling our state what to do. Have you decided to run for state representative or governor? Are you saying that our state should divert funds from lower income areas to support more bells and whistles for Perkins? I think you may run into little problem with minorities on your concept.

I can see the headlines… Perkins citizens fight helping poor school districts so they have more money for themselves.

Yep, that will go over big.

Thomas Paine

Considering we are a low income district you completely misunderstood my comments.Look at how many kids in the district get free and reduced lunches. But thanks for twisting them around. I get some of the no voters have no more money to give. Its also a fact that if a levy doesnt eventually pass it will get even more expensive. Nobody wants more taxes. Nobody. But school funding is not one of the taxes you can avoid. Eventually the state comes in and forces you to pay them. At a much higher millage. Its a fact. So if its control you want in a screwed up system now is the time to choose less taxes. 2-5 years from now without changes at the state level the path currently chosen costs us more. You can choose not to believe that but its a fact. This is one of the reasons ohios school funding has been ruled unconstitutional.

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