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

MP

The NO voters elected Michael Ahner to be their voice. Michael has spoken by signing the letter above. I hope the NO voters respond by listening to his words. School financing is too complicating to hold grudges. It’s time to move forward.

Thomas Paine

MP I can only hope you are correct. However, I get the feeling the same reasons for voting no will still remain. Even after board member after board member have repeatedly stated over and over again why. I am not sure if anyone else has noticed but some talented administrators, teachers and employees in the Perkins school district have all been in the paper recently applying for jobs at other districts. We are going to be left with nothing if we continue down this path. Each levy that fails leaves me one step closer to considering moving or open enrolling my kids into a different district. Unfortunately moving and selling a home in an area with a declining school district will cost me a lot more than any of the previous levies combined. I only wish the No voters would take their energy and become a solution to the real school funding problems. It starts at the top at the state level with more and more financial responsibilities being filtered down to the local level. Larger communities win, smaller ones like ourselves lose. The more and more we go to a centralized government or centralized business model of doing things the more communities like us get lost in the shuffle.

WeThePeople1965

Of course he wrote that letter. He's being paid to do it! I would vote for it, if I knew my money was going to benefit the teachers who actually do hard work, and the students, and not the top administration. I'd love to see admin salaries.

MP

Board members make about $2000 per year… then donate it back for many of the fundraisers. Its not something someone does for the money,

WeThePeople1965

Not board members, administration. Principals, superintendent. I know what board members make. Why can't top administration cut their salaries if they care so much about the kids? They're making the kids suffer.

soccermom10

Actually Perkins administrators, principals & superintendent, make less than many local school districts. For example, Margaretta pays their superintendent & their principals more than Perkins does.

WeThePeople1965

I didn't ask for a comparison.

samiam

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

Why is the BOE endorsing the Metro Parks levy?

Perkins Resident

Why throw the Starbucks reference into the mix. That's a huge turn off for me. Don't tell me how to spend my money. Pathetic.

Thomas Paine

Seriously? That is what you get out of the letter from the Board? Starbucks. That whole letter, where everything everyone has been complaining about is addressed and you pick Starbucks as why you don't like the letter. C'mon.

WeThePeople1965

No, really, that's just non-chalantly suggesting how I spend my money. Please don't tell me how I'm spending my money wrong to get my vote.

Thomas Paine

And by the way if I am looking to move to a new community and I drive up and down streets and see NO TO EDUCATION signs all over the place, I will keep on driving. It is not a good image for our community. I am sure every potential superintendent when Gunner retires in 2015 has seen those signs as well. Good luck to the board in finding a quality replacement. The childish way ALL of us are acting would embarrass our parents and grandparents if they could see it. And its embarrassing to anyone thinking about living here.

Perkins Resident

I still haven't made up my mind which way I'll vote yet, but these signs came up in a conversation when some out of towners came to visit. After my wife and I explained both sides of the levy to the out of town visitors, they said they would vote no. To top it off, they were both retired teachers.

Thomas Paine

Of course they would vote no too, they probably got the most negative review they could possibly get of the school district and one point of view. I don't agree with some of the things this district has done either. But this letter addresses everything the no voters have discussed. Combine that with a new board member and Gunner retiring what else can they do? The bigger issue and it will continue to get worse is whats happening at the state level. We have compounded that mess with being stubborn and holding grudges as a community. Its time to move on and do what is right. If its possible to turn off the negative switch for 2 minutes, I hope everyone will read this letter without their VOTE NO blue glasses on.

Perkins Resident

I also showed them previous and current articles with the comments on this site. Comments like yours were a turn off to them. Just a heads up.

Thomas Paine

Not sure what I said that's a turn off and I apologize if I have a hard time with all the negativity. I have a hard time believing you didn't start reading the board letter with a sigh and saying here we go again, if the only thing picked out of the letter is Starbucks. Just my opinion that it is not the best way to go reading a letter with an open mind. I also find it hard to believe you haven't already decided to vote no. Obviously both of these are based solely on observations and interpreting your comment(s). Starting the conversation with a negative comment is going to get a negative reaction. Instead of saying; Hey, they moved inside millage, they are not building, they lowered the millage, they are lowering pay to play, they are brining back some programs that people have asked for; you started by being irritated they mentioned Starbucks. (I actually agree its a stupid thing to mention) but I didn't take it as a negative of someone telling me where I can spend my money or the only thing to comment on about the letter. I chose to notice the effort the board is making to listen to us.

Thomas Paine

As a community we are punishing ourselves, the staff of the district, the students, and hurting any possibility of future growth instead of punishing the state for pushing toward privatizing public education, funneling money into ECOT, and charter schools which perform at a MUCH lower level than public schools. My point is we are fighting ourselves instead of who we should be fighting- Columbus. I hope people will see that before 2017 when the district will most certainly be beyond repair.

samiam

Some are voting no because they just don't have the money for an increase; their well has run dry. Everything has increased (gasoline, food, utilities, insurance, etc.) except their wages.

Thomas Paine

I don't think anyone is faulting those no votes at all. At least I hope not. I for one am not. And if my comments come across that way I apologize in advance. This is also why Ohio school funding has been voted unconstitutional, yet nothing has been done about it. Its time to redirect the focus to Columbus instead of ourselves. We have wasted too much time fighting each other. A community our size is at a HUGE disadvantage when it comes to school funding when compared to larger districts. When I say enough is enough its directed to the state and federal levels to stop killing the middle class.

Smoke

So,just because administrators, teachers and employees in the Perkins school system are not happy and may leave the area I'm suppose to fork over more money.I say let them leave.How many of us tax payers are happy with our jobs?This is just another blackmail ploy and they are going nowhere.This all comes down to them wanting more money.

arcman033

You and your unions spent millions making sure SB5 was repealed. Kasich made it very clear that if it was repealed that he would cut funding to schools. You teachers made your own bed now lay in it. Make cuts!!! How about you take pay cuts!! Give up your summer pay!!! Get a part time job. Vote No!!! Enough is enough!! Out with the old teachers, in with the new!

Informed

Teachers don't get "summer pay". They can have their annual salary divided up into 12 months of payments. Huge difference.

Maggdi

That's very true Informed. It's also true that not many of them have to find a job for the two months they are not working. I wouldn't mind working those grueling 12hr days knowing I would have a month and a half off and sick days and personal days.
Don't get me wrong, it's not my chosen vocation and I have as much admiration for those who do a good job. And hopefully they aren't stranded in some 'nightmare' district that prevents them for having their true skills utilized and explored.

Smoke

If the school is solvent to 2017 why should I give them more of my hard earned money now?

Thomas Paine

Well for one the state comes in and moves the millage to state average I believe. Need someone with more knowledge to confirm that is the procedure? I do know Perkins is well below the state average. Anybody commenting have those figures? All I know is the longer we wait the more money it costs us later. I fall into the reluctant pay now or pay later yes voters as I wait for more and more schools to hammer Columbus to fix funding. We aren't the only school going through this, we are however the only school district I know of that has a such a negative no campaign.

Thomas Paine

Smoke

Its not about being happy its about opportunity and being able to do their job as its designed. The more and more funding that is cut and the more state requirements that are added daily the less they can focus on doing their job- educating. Many will leave and take lower paying jobs elsewhere so they can reasonably do what they were hired to do without being treated like some kind of villain. You are certainly entitled to your opinion but I disagree it is blackmail. It is obviously about wanting more money or they wouldn't be asking for a levy. Funding is down considerably on both local and state sides. With the current situation in Columbus its falls to us to make up the difference. Unfair? Yes. Am I willing to destroy the school system on the local level to make a point? No. Am I willing to continually pound legislators on the state level about it? Absolutely.

Arcman033. Out with old teachers and in with the new solves nothing. The rules are the same with both groups. Sooner or later nobody is going to want to work here with a community that treats its school district and employees like a horde of lepers. Dig deeper into Kasich and you will see public dollars being moved to private company accounts that cannot be audited by the state auditor(also a republican who opposes this). A lot of crooked things going on with Kasich. Before you argue that I am a liberal or Democrat or whatever the typical comeback is, I am not- moving public funds to private company is not the Republican party I belong to. You will also see funds for Charter schools, private schools and ECOT went up as public school funding went down. SB5 or no SB5 its a bunch of political pandering that once again hurts small communities. It doesn't matter which party it is, both sides are doing this to us on a state and federal level.

WeThePeople1965

The teachers aren't even paid as much as their workload. It's the admins that need salary cuts.

Babo

Also, need to look at why the system employs double dipping retired teachers as administrators or in other positions. Certainly these are jobs that could go to a younger person with fresh ideas and at a lower pay rate. It also encourages retention of good young teachers as they have a chance at a career and don't have to go elsewhere.

observer

I'm going to vote yes this time. The BOA has one last chance to prove to me I can trust them. We shall see.

Manowar

It pains me to hear the comments most people say about Perkins School and the reasons they have for voting against the school levy. The majority have no idea what Board members are doing, the efforts they have made, etc. I would guess most couldn't explain what they would be voting against. The Perkins school board needs a marketing department. All the public has to go on is what they read in the paper. The board has done a poor job of explaining the what's happening in the district. I have read several articles from them and just don't get it. I don't live in Perkins but I wouldn't vote for the school levy if I did. Seems like a bunch of haters confusing things to me, guess it worked, too bad for the kids and the staff at Perkins that have put their heart and sole into their jobs. Just my Opinion, so don't hate on me.

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