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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Comments

donutshopguy

This is a contradiction to the statement Mr. Gunner told me during our conversation.

He told me "the building will be built with or without the operating levy being passed."

DLK

Correct, this is a contradiction. It is true that they WILL move forward with building a new school per their response on their website (unless we have a better idea). The May levy is for operations - salaries/benefits and costs to operate. Operating money was moved to PI to build a school, and now we have to make up for it. Without support of the May operating levy, there will be significant cuts to staffing...but the school will still be built with the funds they moved.

Finn Finn

I'm not from the Perkins area. I'm way over here in Ottawa County, but this Q/A posting makes no sense. You say the school board will not move forward with plans to build a new building without voter approval, yet in the first answer, you state "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." So what happens if (when) the voters vote down the levy a second and third time?

ChrisGasteier

See the original statements and questions posed to Perkins Superintendent James Gunner and his reply before the editing of the Sandusky Register due to space allowed for the Mailbag questions. Go to the Perkins Local Schools website at perkins.k12.oh.us for a contextual response.

Finn Finn

Thank you. I did go to the Perkins website, however, I have the older version of Word and not .docx, thus, I am unable to download the Original statements. I did see the name Gasteier in various places on the website. Are you associated with the school?

Licorice Schtick

It is generally inept to provide word processor documents on the web. Converting to a browser-accessible format is almost always better, and easily done except by the clueless. It's even worse to use formats that work only with more recent software, as seems to be the case here.

bobshumway92

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donutshopguy

Finn Finn,

Mr. Gasteier is the Director of Communications with the Perkins School system.

Finn Finn

Ahhh, I'm starting to put the pieces together now. Thank you.

Matt Easterhold

So basically, Perkins Schools took our money that we agreed to pay them for operating and decided to use it for a new building. They don't care that we once already told them NO we don't want a new school. Now they are asking for our money that we give them for operating back, plus more, and will still use the money we agreed to pay them for operating for a new school.

donutshopguy

Matt,

You are correct on your first sentence. The third sentence has me confused.

DLK

Statement in full from the Perkins website:

Mailbag question: I have been reading a lot about the upcoming Perkins Schools levy. Regardless
of the results, the board plans to make cuts. Should the levy fail, there will be
substantial cuts to programs and staff. All the while, the school has moved inside
operating funds to permanent improvement to build a $50 million school campus
for grades 7-12. The board also paid for half the cost of the new $3.4 million
stadium. Seems their priorities are with facilities rather than students and staff.
My question is, should the levy fail, will the school board cancel plans to build a
new school and move PI money back into operations? Also, why is the campus
being built without voter approval?

Response from Perkins
There are three major decisions referenced in the comments above.
• First, why is the Board focused on school facilities as opposed to
academic programs and staff?
A: Three independent analysis show there are health, safety and security
concerns in our present schools that cannot be ignored. Quality school
facilities that provide a healthy, safe and secure school for our children are
as important as the teaching and learning that takes place inside.
• Second, why did the Board decide to use “Inside Millage” to address the
school facility issue instead of a direct bond vote before the community?
A: It was the most cost effective way to solve the school facilities problem,
both now, and for the future. This method provides a permanent solution
to meet all facility needs now and for the future with one low cost levy.
Other solutions require three to four levies over a period of time at a much
higher cost to the taxpayers. For a complete explanation read the narrative
provided below.
• And, third will the Board reconsider this decision of moving “Inside Millage”
to fix the current operational funding problem?
A: No. Moving the “Inside Millage” back does not solve either problem:
facilities or day-to-day operations. Moving the “Inside Millage” back
abandons the facility problem to a more costly bond levy before the
community of at least 7.2 mils to renovate or replace the high school
alone. Moving the “Inside Millage” back does not solve the day-to-day
operational problems of the district. The staff cuts announced by the
Board will still be necessary to balance the budget. The best projections
show that in as little as two or three years the district will be in the same
financial position needing an operating levy to prevent even further cuts.For community members who want a thorough and complete picture of the
Boardʼs process and conclusions, the narrative below gives a more complete
seven-year history leading up to where we are today. Each of these Board
decisions was made after lengthy and careful public consideration of all options
available. The Board has engaged the public in discussions on each of these
topics, and in every case, choosing the option that provides the best quality
education for our students at the best possible price to our taxpayers.
First, the Boardʼs decision to address school facilities came after a lengthy
community driven process that began over seven years ago. During the time,
Mr. Dennis Rectenwald was Perkins superintendent a community based strategic
planning committee was formed. One, of several, strategic plans decided upon
by the public was a thorough investigation of school district facilities. The
strategic planning committee recommended to the Board of Education to ask the
Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) for an analysis of Perkins school
facilities. Mr. Rectenwald made the request on behalf of the Board and
community. In June of 2008, the OFSC sent a team from Hammond
Construction to complete a thorough analysis of all Perkins Schools. A team of
construction experts from Hammond Construction spent over a week crawling
around all of our buildings from the roof tops to the crawl spaces underneath. The
report documenting Hammond Constructionʼs findings was released to the Board
of Education in January 2009. This OSFC report completed from the detailed
analysis provided by Hammond Construction determined that all Perkins School
buildings had serious health, safety and security concerns and would be too
costly to repair, but instead should be torn down and replaced with new buildings.
In fact, this report indicated that to renovated Perkins High School would cost
more than eighty percent of the cost of building a new building. OSFC guidelines
call for the building a new building when the cost to renovate exceeds 67% of the
cost of building new. This report also indicated some serious health, safety and
security concerns with our buildings. These health and safety concerns are
related to the amount of asbestos still in our buildings, sanitary sewer leaks
below the buildings (especially the high school), old, antiquated fire alarm
systems, and electrical systems that are maxed out to capacity. Security
concerns focused on the excessive number of entrances to our high school and
the number of dead end hallways providing cover to possible intruders. OSFC
officials recommended to the Board of Education that steps to address Perkins
School buildings should be taken as soon as possible. This OSFC report has
been shared numerous times with the community and discussed at length as well
as posted on the district web site for all community members to see. That report
is now over 4-1/2 years old.
After the OSFC report was released the Board of Education took a full year to
discuss the issue with the community that ultimately led to the hiring of The Collaborative-TMP architectural firm to further engage the community in a master
planning process. It was important to the Board that decisions about school
facilities that could have a significant impact on our community be thoroughly
planned with community involvement. A 18 month long process began in the
spring of 2009 that involved a community planning team of over twenty-five
individuals from all aspects of the community. This planning team met with The
Collaborative-TMP representatives, dozens of times to thoroughly plan for either
new or upgraded school facilities for Perkins. In fact, this community driven
committee asked The Collaborative-TMP group to reanalyze the OSFC report
and give an independent analysis of our school facilities to determine if
renovation could be performed more effectively and efficiently than building new
buildings. The Collaborative-TMP analysis indicated the same as the OSFC
report and analysis by Hammond Construction. To renovate our existing facilities
would not be fiscally sound given their poor condition and the excessive cost to
renovate.
The 25-person community committee than worked with The Collaborative-TMP
on a master plan for Perkins. This master plan ultimately recommended the
construction of new facilities on our existing Strub and Campbell Roads property.
The committee recommended a “campus” style school system constructed on the
property currently owned by the district. This comprehensive plan included
moving of the football stadium and other current athletic facilities to fit all schools
and facilities properly on the property.
This same 25-person community committee in partnership with the Board of
Education sought out Bond Counsel to assist the Board with a plan to finance the
proposed construction. The committee began with a traditional approach to the
problem by examining the issuance of taxpayer authorized bonds. In this
approach, a construction project is identified by the Board of Education with an
estimated cost. Bond Counsel then provides an estimate for a bond levy to be
placed before the voters to approve the construction. If the bond levy passes the
construction proceeds forward. Our Bond Counsel indicated that a bond levy
needed to build simply a new high school would be approximately 7.2 mils for a
30 year time period. This would only complete the first phase of the necessary
facility needs, the high school. When it became time to replace Briar Middle
School another 30 year bond would be needed of approximately 5 mils. And
finally, when the community decided to fix the elementary buildings a third bond
levy would be needed again of approximately 5 mils to finally replace the
elementary buildings. Using the standard bond levy approach, 3 bond levies
totaling over 17 mils would be needed by the community and it could take over
60 years before the elementary buildings are even begun. The community
committee did not believe the traditional bond approach would meet the current
and growing crisis of replacing all Perkins Schools in a timely manner.Superintendent Gunner, the Board and Bond Counsel proposed a second
alternative: using the districtʼs “Inside Millage” for the construction of new and/or
renovated facilities. In this method, the Board has the authority to redirect tax
dollars currently collected through “Inside Millage” into a special fund for
renovation and/or construction of facilities instead of the general operations of the
district. No community vote is taken, or even permitted in the law. The authority
rests entirely with the elected Board of Education members to make this decision.
By moving the “Inside Millage”, no bond levies will need to be passed by the
community to address the facility issues. Revenue collected from the “Inside
Millage” would be utilized to issue Certificates of Participation (i.e. similar to
bonds) to permit the school district to move forward with construction.
As revenue from “Inside Millage” grows with property valuation growth in the
community, revenue would be available to build the second building before the
first is completely paid off. This revenue growth from “Inside Millage” is even
more true as Perkins has several properties of significant value currently in a
“TIF”, or Tax-Increment-Financing district. These properties (Kalahari, Menards,
NOMS) will have their full valuation reassigned to the school district as early as
2022. This will mean a significant growth in property valuation and a resultant
significant growth in revenue from the “Inside Millage”. This significant revenue
growth will allow a second building to be constructed without an increase in
taxation to the residential property owner.
The downside of redirecting “Inside Millage” to a separate fund for renovation or
replacement of school facilities, is this money is no longer available for the dayto-day operations of the school district. Forecasts prepared by the
superintendent and treasurer indicated the district would need a new operating
levy by 2014 without a movement of “inside Millage.” With the “Inside Millage”
move the need for an operating levy increased by at least one year, and required
the district to reduce costs to keep the operating levy moderate in level.
Thus, to solve both the operational needs of the district and the facility needs
came down to a choice between two options:
• Move “Inside Millage” to permanently solve the facility issues of the
district without the need for a bond levy of the community now, or in the future.
By moving the “Inside Millage” force an operating levy at least a year earlier than
would have been necessary. Also, force the district to reduce costs even further
by eliminating some staff positions to keep the operating levy within a reasonable
amount, the current request for 4.98 mils. Or…
• Place at least 7.2 mil bond issue before the voters to address the
high school renovation and/or replacement. Follow this by an operating levy in
one to two years of approximately 5 mils with the similar cost cutting reductions as implemented above to keep the levy amount in a reasonable level. Sometime
in the future require a second bond issue of approximately 5 mils to
renovate/replace the middle school. Sometime in the distant future require a third
bond issue of approximately 5 to 6 mils to renovate/replace both elementary
buildings.
The committee, after spending several meetings, reviewing options for the
financing of school renovations and/or construction agreed with the Board of
Educationʼs plan to use “inside Millage” to fund school construction. It was only
after the committeeʼs approval did the Board of Education place the November
2010 levy on the ballot. Unfortunately, the issues are complex and require
extensive explaining to the community to gain their approval. There simply was
not enough time to gain this understanding before the November 2010 election.
After the failure of the November 2010 levy, the Board of Education surveyed the
community on a variety of issues including the condition of school facilities and
the funding methodology. Survey results indicated the community was more
worried about the economy than anything else in 2010. Results indicated the
community thought the teachers, administration and Board were doing a good job
running the district. A majority of the community indicated they knew something
had to be done about the condition of our schools, but did not necessarily believe
new schools were needed. Most individuals indicated that they didnʼt necessarily
understand the “Inside Millage” funding, but trusted the Board was trying to do
what was right. After the survey of the community, the Board of Education took
almost two additional years to again fully analyze both the conditions of our
school buildings (renovation vs. replacement) and funding options that would
help the Perkins community pay for the need facility costs.
The Board of Education requested now a third analysis of the school buildings
from the OSFC and inquired about both its Exceptional Needs Program (ENP)
and its Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP). The ENP considers the
current condition of a school building especially in regards to health, safety and
security issues to determine if a school district should be provided state share of
funding immediately to help with the replacement of the facility. The ELPP
permits a school district to renovate and/or replace school facilities now and
receive credit for that renovation/replacement cost when their times comes for
state assistance. The OSFC, now changed to the Ohio Facilities Construction
Commission (OFCC) approved a detailed analysis of our schools for both
programs.
Now, a third analysis, in less than a five year time period was conducted on the
Perkins Local School District buildings by another independent firm, TMG
Construction Consultants. TMGʼs report issued in January of 2013 indicated that
Perkins High School was rated the building most in need of immediate replacement of those school districts who applied for ENP funding during this
round. Five critical areas are assessed by the TMG during the December 2012
visit: Health, Safety, Security, Structural, and Infrastructure. Out of a possible
100 points, where 100 means the building is in the worse shape possible,
Perkins High School received a score of 92. This 92 score is one of the worst
scores ever given to a facility from assessors in the ENP program.
While assessing both the possibility of renovation versus replacement, the Board
of Education was approached by the Athletic Boosters organization for the
second time about the safety and condition of the track and bleachers at the
football stadium. In the previous year, three community members had fallen
through or fallen because of bleachers that broke when then stepped on them.
The track was separating from its subsurface with significant cracks visible in
numerous areas. An analysis performed by a consulting firm indicated to fix the
bleachers and the track would cost an estimated $1.1 million dollars. The
Athletic Boosters offered to raise $1.7 million dollars to renovate the entire
stadium complex if the Board would join them in this project. The Board after
reviewing all the information available to them, made the decision to move
forward with significant facility improvements starting with the stadium. They
knew that some individuals would say they had their priorities wrong…athletics
before academics. But, the reality was the Board was still working through the
right way to solve the academic facility issue when the Athletic Boosters
approached them the second time. After asking the Boosters to wait for a
comprehensive plan during the first offer, the Board felt the track and stadium
facilities could wait no longer. They gave the Athletic Boosters their approval for
a matched contribution to complete the overhaul of the stadium, track, and
football field.
It was at this same time that the Board held three community meetings once
again on the movement of the “inside Millage” to fund the facility projects. While
there were some community objections raised during these public meetings,
there was no one who offered a better solution to solving both the facility and
operational needs of the district. In fact, some of those same individuals who are
now vocal about not having a vote for the new facility, expressed the same
concern back in November 2011. Yet, when asked for a better more cost
effective solution, they had no answer. The fact of the mater is that the Board of
Education is giving the community a vote, a vote on a comprehensive, well
thought out solution to both the facility needs and the operational costs of the
district. That vote is May 7 2013. For a mere 4.98 mils the community gets both
a long term plan to renovate/replace facilities and operational security for the next
five years. The Board stands by this plan as the best for kids, the schools and
the community. If you or anyone else you know has a better plan, we are willing
to listen and hear your solutions. But if your solution is to ignore the health,
safety and security of our kids by failing to fix the school facility problem both now and into the future; or if your solution ignores the need for increased revenue to
continue to operate a quality school system, then the Board does not agree with
you and your solution. We were elected to oversee and lead the school system
in the best interests of the students, schools, and community. Our solutions
presented to the community do just that.

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BW1

Bottom line, the board doesn't seem to understand that their relationship to the voters is as subordinates. They see themselves essentially as oligarchs. They ALL need to be removed and replaced with those who understand that no means no.

DLK

I guess the opinion of those attending community meetings matter more than all the voters of Perkins Township. I think it will be made clear in May how we feel.

dontknowmuch

Let's not forget this story and how it ties in.... http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

Bet all of us commoners wish we could walk into Citizens Bank and borrow money at a loan percentage of 2.79%

bobshumway92

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reader

Any cuts being considered should start with the position of director of communications before any teaching positions are cut.

Come on....seriously....director of communications for a school district?

bobshumway92

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donutshopguy

What's the "mater" ? Looks like the administration needs a spelling lesson or maybe learn to hit spell check. The latest quarterly school report was also filled with errors. Is this the quality of our school board and administrators? Did you check over your financials in the same manners as your spin pieces? Yikes!

Yeah, I want to hand over this bunch millions of dollars. Not!

DLK

I can't believe the arrogance of their response, especially the last paragraph. They will be put in their places come May...and August....and November...and so on.

gene44870

It seems like a lot of smoke being blown in the township . I would think if the conditons were so bad , then why would the township allow kids to be in the high school .I dont understand what they are tring to prove other then yes you need a new school .
And thing that dont make sense is why they would redue the old perkins police dept at a shocking price and then turn around and sell it and it makes me wander how much they put in repairs and how much did FIRELANDS HOSPITAL paid for it , One could think that Perkins township didnt get what they had in it .
You can bet on that .
And now they build a brand new police dept and one could wander how much of that was really saved and how much was paid for by the township residents ,
Now they want you residents of perkins to turn a blind eye and approve a operating levey that has been shot down I dont know how many times
You can bet that if they dont get that levey passed they will still leave the police dept as well as the other things just as they are .
I think the township trusties are taken a chapter from the sandusky commission and saying that if they ont get this or they dont get that , then they are going to cut this and cut that
To the residents of Perkins , stand your ground and dont let them scare yea
Times are hard enough for everyone and we all have to live with the funds we have and the twonship are going to have to spend money with common sense
Resdents all over Erie county are having enough trouble making end meet and we all have a wish list and we cant do anything about , because of the money that we have
Heck how many of you residents in Perkins are able to make ends meet with out gaining a few grey hairs not to mention the sleepless nights wandering if you are going to have enough money to do the things that you are responsiable for ?
I know I struggle every month to make ends meet and I can go to my boss and say I need more money
This is just the way I feel about this subject and maybe I am wrong or dont have all the facts , but I know I am tired of the goverment dipping into my pocket and leaving me with less , and thats just what they are doing to all of you in perkins

Good 2 B Me

I am guessing by your spelling and grammar, you did not attend Perkins.

bluedot

What a silly statement.

PerkinsAlum10

Being a Perkins graduate, I am deeply saddened by these postings. We hired Gunner and elected our School Board because we wanted what's best for the STUDENTS IN THE PERKINS SCHOOL SYSTEM. At the end of the day, that is what's most important. So to call for the resignation/firing of people in charge of our school board is to stay we, as Perkins residents, are happy with complacency. Perkins has the opportunity as a school district to take this area (yes, I said area) to reach new places and opportunities we have only dreamed about in the past, places and opportunities I would have done anything for as a student to have available to me.

But now as residents we are sitting back and HIDING BEHIND A ONLINE FORUM INSTEAD OF VOICING YOUR OPINIONS TO AN EAR THAT IS ACTUALLY WILLING TO LISTEN?! Now I may not own property or have the years of experience like the people who have posted on here, but that sounds like straight cowardice to me.

You really want something to change? Give the students a chance. In tough economic times like we have now, they are the safest investment you could ever ask for. I know where my allegiance lies, and it is with Gunner and the school board because I know they have the best interests of our young people in mind. We know where they want the money to go!!! It's not like they are stealing from us!
So at the end of the day, my heart, my pride, and even a bit of my paycheck will lie with the Perkins School District because I know that they have given me the best education a student can ask for, and there is no reason as to why any other student in this district should be denied that opportunity because of a lack of funding or because voters didn't have their best interests in mind as well. Thank you.

Go Pirates!

bobshumway92

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BW1

"So to call for the resignation/firing of people in charge of our school board is to stay we, as Perkins residents, are happy with complacency."

That's a stupid statement. It could be to say numerous things, all of which are more likely, such as that the people in charge have failed to meet expectations, failed to achieve results, failed to respect the wishes of the voters to whom they are subordinate, etc.

Good 2 B Me

Exactly BW1

donutshopguy

PerkinsAlum10,

How about you hand over your paycheck to pay my taxes? Don't hide. Step forward and pay.

PerkinsAlum10

donutshopguy, I'd be more than willing to hand it over. Because I believe and trust in something bigger than myself. if you aren't willing to do the same and invest in something as essential as education, you need to reevaluate your choices. did you go to a high school, a middle school, or even an elementary school? Did you have a school district you held so much pride in at one point? I am sure you did because you seem like a well educated person and I respect that.

DLK

I believe in the right to vote. I believe in listening to the majority of the voters who said NO. I believe that operating money should be used for operations, not building a new school. I believe in jobs and programs for students, not dream facilities. I believe in living within your means. I believe in accountability. You will understand as you mature, it's not all about you and having things handed to you. When you do own property, you will watch out for your neighbor or the senior citizens in your community on low or fixed incomes. You will learn as you start working and living in the real world, that your hard-earned tax dollars should be spent wisely and for their intended purpose. We *have been* investing in education, we are the taxpayers that support your school. We just don't support a new one. Let us know when you're willing to hand that check over, please!

God Of Thunder

As I said previously.. The stadium is a beautiful sight, but I think it was a little overboard. I'm sure when all these decisions were made that no one thought, or is even thinking about today, the long term cost of that football field.

The life span on that turf is maybe 12-14 years, and VERY costly to replace.. In today's dollars, anywhere from 300-400 thousand dollars.

Maybe that's what Gunner is going to keep the inside millage for..

oldpirate

I WILL VOTE YES!

bobshumway92

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donutshopguy

If you read the propaganda piece closely you will see that the analysis of the school structure three times was overseen by the same organization OSFC (Ohio Schools Facility Commission). There sole purpose is to have new schools built. They would not have a job if their findings didn't prove that point.

The school board made their decision to move millage based on the "assumption that property value grows." With this assumption they said this millage change will "permanently solve the facility issue of the district."

Lets analysis those quotes.

Did property value grow for people this last evaluation? Some yes and some no. That assumption is faulty.

Any time a bureaucrat say something will be "permanently solved" my doubting mind goes into overdrive. First, I will live here longer in this school district than the superintendent. He can't guarantee such a statement over my lifetime. Second, there are way to many situations in school funding that can't be controlled by the superintendent and school board that this guarantee can be upheld. The guarantee is empty.

Lastly, the arrogance of the superintendent and the school board at the end of this propaganda piece is beyond comprehension. Your true colors were finally exposed.

bobshumway92

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Wald

These buildings are so bad, yet the Erie County Health Department went through and said they are fine. Sounds like typical Gunner propaganda to me. Plus, the arrogance of that last paragraph has secured my NO vote every single time it is placed on the ballot.

reader

Communications director.....minister of propaganda.

Is that position first on the list of jobs to be chopped?

Wald

"They knew that some individuals would say they had their priorities wrong…athletics before academics. But, the reality was the Board was still working through the right way to solve the academic facility issue when the Athletic Boosters approached them the second time. After asking the Boosters to wait for a comprehensive plan during the first offer, the Board felt the track and stadium facilities could wait no longer."

In other words, they knew that taxpayers wouldn't approve, so they took their money and did what they wanted with it.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

Be like the berlin milan school board. School board member jodi harris is using tax dollars to mail absentee ballets to all the people that they know dont own a home. My son got an absentee ballet from her in the mail but guess what. I did not. They are using my money to mail these so they can take more money from me. If someone from outerspace landed today and i told them this underhanded move. They would say..are they going to be arrested. do a story about this Sandusky Register it would be a huge story. Or maybe i should call carl monday

donutshopguy

The March 2013 Perkins Pirate School Report states the board" struggle with how to answer the opponents question on the right to vote on the issue."

Their answer is we have decided and you don't get a vote and majority rule does not apply in Perkins school district. They have orchestrated a situation to take away your right to vote.

First, I take offense to being called an opponent of the schools because I believe the right to vote supersedes any decision of the school board.

Second, how can any American accept this blatant attempt to reduce your rights? How dare you school board members!

Americans have been fighting to keep those rights for over 200 years. I will not give up those rights to a bunch of nickel and dime ballerinas. Are your rights for sale?

Keep your propaganda. Now, I'm upset.

brwright

I don't like to be lied to, and Mr. Gunner is a LIAR! He has transfered money from one acct to get funds for land to purchase for his new schools, and then claims Perkins is broke! Tells us the schools are in critical condition, which was proven false by the health dept. Those buildings are not bad at all, but might require some maintenance. Now he is telling us we need to make all these cuts which are not in the best interest of our children. The only thing Mr. Gunner cares about is rebuilding and doing it on the backs of the tax payers. People are hurting and have lost jobs in this area. Now HE is cutting more jobs to get what he wants. My grandmother used to say," A thief is a liar, and a liar is a thief"! Thats you Mr. Gunner!

brwright

I have a good idea on how Perkins could save money. Make cuts to the School Board's salaries starting with Superintendant Gunner. Cut their salaries by 3/4. Maybe cut some of these positions. Keep them on as part time employees. That would save Perkins allot of money! They would move on to where the money is, and maybe then we could get others in there who would be for the people and their children of this community.

jacwildcat

Something does not make sense here-- will the building be built if levy fails or not?

EZOB

Just In!!!! Gunner is turning in His resignation at the next Board meeting!

Wald

April fools, unfortunately.

donutshopguy

Now that I've been branded an "opponent" of the schools by Mr. Gasteier and Mr. Gunner for taking a stance that puts American voting rights over the school board I might as well fill their need as a bad guy.

The "PerkinsPirate" propaganda piece from March 2013 states "You will have secured high quality school facilities for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and beyond."

Or, you have taken away your children's, grandchildren's and great grandchildren's right to vote and control their own density for their future. You have put them in a tax servitude position on a local level forever.

"This ongoing ability to upgrade or replace buildings without continuous bond issues before the community is one of the major reasons the board chose to move the "Inside Millage".

Here is the real reason the millage was moved! The school board doesn't want to have to deal with the public through vote. Don't we have enough taxation through the federal and state government without control? Do you really want to have the same situation on the local level?

Their whole program is based on "the best projection" , "the time frame is contingent" but in the same breath saying Perkins will not need to pass another bond issue for new facilities in the future. Read into these statements. We can't guarantee anything but we can guarantee no new bond issues. Come on.

So, based on the cost comparison schedule on page 6 of the "PerkinsPirate" are you willing to save $8.46 per month to give up your vote and control of school finances?

My ability to vote is worth more to me than that amount. What do you say?

donutshopguy

The superintendent and school board have created a situation where a voter must oppose an operating levy if they don't agree with the building of a new school or the loss of voting ability on that issue.

You maybe for a new operating levy to "support the kids" but due to principle you must vote against that levy. The superintendent and school board hope you don't value your principles.

I am very disappointed in our school board making me chose between my principles and the "kids".

Sorry, my principles override your underhanded method of eliminating American's vote.

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BW1

Well said, DSG - they tried to force the voters to be subordinate to them. The best thing for "the kids" is for their parents and neighbors to demonstrate resolve and show the board they will not stand for that.

If the levy fails, the board has two choices - they can move the inside millage back into the operating fund, or run out of operating budget and have the state take over and relieve them of their duties.
The funds to run the schools through the end of the school year were already collected as the second half of 2012 property taxes, and then they have the summer to resolve their dilemma, so claims that it will harm the kids are a load of crap. REGARDLESS of the levy outcome, this year's funding is secure. Remember, even if the levy passed, they wouldn't see a dime of new money until at least 2014, so it's not like the sky will fall.

donutshopguy

Do they have a civics class at the high school? Do they have an American History class at the high school? Have they changed the curriculum of both to accept the new version of Bill of Rights and the Constitution by the Perkins Board of Education?