Perkins school board forges ahead

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May 13, 2013

Excerpt: But voters aren't hearing the messages the way Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner and the school board intend for them to be heard, and some residents, so angered by the inside millage switch, have become activists of sorts dogging the district's efforts to gain voter support. 

The board voted last week to try again with a tax levy in August . If it's going to succeed this time around, Gunner, board members and supporters are going to need a plan of action that finds a way to overcome that voter resentment. 

And the vocal residents opposed to any increase might serve the community if they take the time to listen, and keep an open mind, this time around.

 

Comments

Wald

The arrogance of Gunner and the BOE is amazing. They act like the levy isn't passing because the voters are too dumb to understand the facts. I understand just fine and will continue to VOTE NO!

samiam

And that's a fact, Jack!

jwt

Suggestion to the Perkins Board of Education:
Switch the "Inside Millage" back to the way it was, then present a levy for new school buildings. It may pass...

Nemesis

Asked and answered. They switched the millage because it failed twice, and now they've just thumbed their nose at the voters.

MrGadfly

Hi everyone,

A couple days ago a friend of ours "donutshopguy" put out an SOS. Apparently his family has been pressured by members of the Perkins School staff for comments he has made on this website.

He has removed himself from direct commenting to protect his wife, daughter, son and grandchild.

It's a pretty scary world when those teaching our children threaten our children.

So myself and his friends will carry on his fight to speak the truth and fight for your rights.

First, Did you know this special election for the August school levy will cost Perkins taxpayers about $12,000. Yep, you voted down the levy again and now you get to pay to vote it down again.

Second, the superintendent and school board will threaten you with the loss of "special" if the levy is not passed. This threat is empty. It's just leverage on taxpayers and students to pass a levy that you have rejected twice before. If the threat had any merit the areas for these "specials" in the proposed "new academy" would have been removed. This has not happened.

How about we try a new type of leverage. I suggest the superintendent and school board submit their resignations to be effective if the August levy passes. Now, you have to ask yourselves "is this levy about the kids or about the egos of those in charge?" If it was only about the kids then you would think they would resign eagerly to pass the levy.

Leverage is a strange thing. If used properly the levy passes, the new school is not built without public approval and the kids are not harmed by the threat of removal of educational services.

Thanks for allowing myself and others to voice our 1st amendment rights. Power to the people. Your vote counts. Its more critical than ever.

Nemesis

If this is even close to true, some people need to go to jail over it.

underthebridge

This is the worst part of small town politics. Retaliation. Makes me sick, but doesn't surprise me.

Can someone explain to me why repairing the buildings isn't an option? I understand that renovating isn't a viable option because by the time the facilities were ADA, etc compliant the cost would be near to that of building new facilities. But maintaining the existing facilities and making minor repairs wouldn't require ADA compliance, would it? It seems to me that Gunner and the BOE steered the discussion immediately to exclude that option.

Nemesis

Because Gunner & Co. want their names on a cornerstone. Call it the edifice complex. Overseeing the construction and commissioning of new facilities makes a very impressive entry on Gunner's resume. It's ego, and resume padding.

Regarding the cost of ADA compliance, the private sector achieves cost-effective compliance all the time without building new facilities. The nation's most elite universities manage to educate the leaders of tomorrow in buildings that were built before George Washington was born.

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