Mar 27, 2013
What could happen if the Perkins Schools levy fails?
Should the Perkins Schools levy fail, will the school board cancel plans to build a new school and move permanent improvement money back into its operating funds? Also, why is the school being built without voter approval? Dee in Perkins Township
Schools reporter Alissa Widman relayed these questions to Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner and used her past reporting experience on the heated issue to answer these questions:
Q: Will the school board cancel plans to build a new school if the levy fails?
As of now, the school board has no intentions of canceling plans to build a new school because the facilities issues will not go away if the May levy fails.
Gunner has said during past interviews Perkins Schools will return to the ballot in the future, possibly two more times this year.
Q: Will the school board move permanent improvement money back into its operating funds if the levy fails?
No. Moving the inside millage permanent improvement money back will not solve the lack of funds for facilities or day-to-day operations, Gunner said. Moving the "inside millage" back would pose a more costly bond levy of at least 7.2 mills to the community to renovate or replace the high school alone.
Q: Why is the school being built without voter approval?
The school board will not move forward with plans to built a new building for junior high and high school students if voters do not approve the May levy because funds will not be available to do so.
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