Jul 30, 2013

What are the financial particulars of Perkins Schools?

Can you obtain financial information for Perkins Schools? This would help myself and others make an educated decision for the Aug. 6 levy vote. Doug in Perkins Township.

The question sought to answer exactly how much each Perkins Schools official — including teachers, administrators, staff members, and elected school board members — makes in addition to inquiries about the athletics budget.

Perkins Schools treasurer Lisa Crescimano provided the Register with numerous documents detailing this. To view the information, click any one of the files attached.

The district is proposing a 10-year, 6.73 mill emergency levy to taxpayers a week from today. If approved, the levy would generate $2.88 million per year to fund day-to-day operations for Perkins Schools, including employee salaries and benefits.
 
If approved in a week, the levy will cost the owners of a $100,000 home an additional $206 per year. That same homeowner currently pays $998 a year in school taxes.
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Comments

nofufucat

This was in the Norwalk Reflector yesterday......

Many Ohioans didn't realize the state was picking up as much as 12.5 percent of their local property tax bills, one Senate Republican recently said.

Perhaps, added a Democratic colleague, but they’ll certainly notice it when the bill goes up.

After a tradition of some 40 years of subsidizing local taxes, Gov. John Kasich and Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate applied the brakes. Local governments and schools heading for the ballot in November to ask voters to support new or replacement levies will have to tell them that the price tags attached will be higher than they were previously told. The taxpayer will pay the entire tab for any new taxes approved.

So the way I understand it Ohio's been footing 12.5 percent of our real estate taxes now Ohio has cancelled it which means look for MUCH larger real estate taxes folks. Hold on folks it's going to be a bumpy ride.

registerer

I was just going to paste this: "Ohio cancels property tax rollback tax" which is found in the Norwalk paper.

The state will continue to pickup 12.5% of existing levies, the way I read it, but not for new levies.

Hopefully the school will put out new valuations and dollar amounts to be collected. It could be shocking!

RMyer

You are correct as to existing levies and renewals of those levies; the state will continue to reimburse the 12.5% rollback. The state will cease to reimburse for any levies for new money from Nov. forward. The gov. stated that his personal and business income tax cuts being phased in will offset the future canceled rollback reimbursement.

registerer

RMyer, I have read about the income tax cuts. But I am wondering about how beneficial it will be regarding low income and the elderly. The 12.5% rollback might be more of a benefit to them. Time will tell!

kal-el

Doesn't apply to the current Perkins levy. This new law takes effect on new levies beginning in November 2013. If the August levy fails, it will be much more expensive for households next time around due to this law passed by the Republican legislature in Columbus.

Strong Schools ...

This is the last chance for Perkins to get the rollback. We have to pass this levy so we do not have to pay the extra percentage. It is much cheaper and wiser for us to pass this levy now or else we will have to pay he extra taxes in the future.

VOTENO

VOTE NO!

brassman

VOTE YES!

Cowboy

VOTE "NO" to send a message to Gunner to move on...

believeit

Gunner will be gone in a year, the district is here for much longer. Don't hurt one just to hurt another.

Cowboy

Well then come back in a year and ask us to pass a levy! Because as of last count, there are a lot more yards that don't have signs than do! And some of the people with signs are just posting the sign to shut up their Kool-aid drinking neighbors!

believeit

It will just be more expensive. Is that worth it for tireless rant against Gunner? If you actually sat down and talked to him, you would find that he has the district and kids at heart.

fifteenthgreen

Then why is he leaving if he has the district and kids at heart. Liar!

Centauri

brassman
Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:09am

I see the leader of the foil hat brigade has been busy.

Perkins2060

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Perkins2060

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Tool Box

I will be voting NO until the board gets rid of Gunnie! You don't move my money around without my permission and get away with it Gunnie! And yes I hold a grudge! As long as he is retained I am voting NO and I encourage the rest of you fence sitters to follow my lead! We need to bring him down from his almighty mountain! VOTE NO UNTIL GUNNER IS OUT!

Bherrle

Tool Box,

I think it is insult to call those who are undecided "fence sitters." The election is on August 6th, and they have until then to decide.

I would encourage them to look past the grudge you hold, and to understand that Dr. Gunner works at the pleasure of the BOE. He did not move the millage, which by the way is all of our money, not just yours. That decision was by vote of the BOE, and it's a decision I support. It was a very smart long-term financial decision. Dr. Gunner is not on any mountain.

I would also encourage those who are undecided to not use this vote on an operating levy to "make a statement" about Dr. Gunner, or the board. That's what the November election will be for. Remember, this will be the last levy we can pass that will qualify for the 12.5% state rollback. The districts financial need is not going to go away. Any levies passed after August will cost taxpayers 12.5% more than this one.

fifteenthgreen

How do you like those wages, Bherrle? Even you had to shake your head a little. Come on now. Just a little bit?

underthebridge

Why does the district pay additional $ for STRS (State Teachers Retirement System) for some admins and not for others?

underthebridge

I do not object to the pay rates for teachers and administrators (even the ones who I do not respect). Teaching is a profession that requires a masters degree now and to expect that people are not going to be compensated for that is ridiculous.

I do question that some of the clerical staff is making as much or more than teachers. I understand that is how the pay structure works with their negotiated contract, but I think it is excessive.

samiam

@underthebridge: I think it depends on each individual's contract

I would like to know who paid for the August Pirate News that came in the mail last week. Was it paid for by the district or the levy committee? If by the district, is that legal since it was basically supporting the proposed levy?

donutshopguy

sam,

The August Pirate News is paid for by the school system. Thus your tax dollars paid for that propaganda piece.

bobshumway92

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VOTE YES FOR PE...

VOTE YES!!

Cowboy

!!!! VOTE NOOOOOO WAY !!!!

Perkins2060

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Bherrle

Vote Yes.

BooBeeDo

A friend of mine that lives on Autumn Ridge Lane called me to let me know that the Superintendent of Perkins (Jim Gunner)will be answering questions about the levy. He will be at Autumn Ridge Lane on Wednesday, July 31 from 6:00 - 8:00. I wonder why he chose such an affluent neighborhood to sell his goods?

Cowboy

GUNNER NEEDS TO GO!! That is the ONLY way we are going to pass a levy!! People of Perkins don't trust him and are not willing to fund his meals anymore!! Once he is out we WILL pass a levy!! GUARANTEED!!

Bherrle

Cowboy,

Funding his meals? How so? Also, how can you guarantee a levy will pass when Dr. Gunner is gone?

fifteenthgreen

I can't believe the administration and Gunner are making nearly the equivalent to most of the teachers. Unbelievable! I think we may have found another problem area.

Be Positive-Vote Yes

Cowboy, you need to understand that Gunner should not be factored into the August voters decision. That vote on him and the BOE can be made in November, HOWEVER the vote on the levy this August CANNOT be put on hold. It will cost all of us way more money after this August to pass a levy since the state is not reimbursing schools for levies after November this year.That means we have one more chance people to get this thing passed before it hurts not only our pocket book but our student's education. Perkins cannot continue to be an effective and excellent school district if students are not provided we'll rounded opportunities to learn. If aug. fails and you take away the arts, ex curriculars, if student have to pay to play, and the number of students keep heavily outweighing the number of teachers, Perkins will in fact not hold its value anymore- and guess what that means- neither will your home. That means that this levy affects EVERYONE living in the district. Not just parents of students. People pay more to live here because of Perkins continuing excellence throughout our past-lets not change this for our Future. Have PRIDE in your community! Vote FOR a BETTER COMMUNITY, a better school, for the future that will one day take care of you, and if your that selfish, you even have the reasons to vote YES for yourself! VOTE YES! Make the difference!

bobshumway92

What a joke!

beborcott

Hmmmm. I wonder what that levy will do to the property taxes in that development. Could you shed any light on that?

Cowboy

Do the math... It will cost the owners of a $100,000 home an additional $206 per year. How much are the houses back there $900,000? So that would increase their taxes $1,854 a year. That in addition to the additional taxes for the police levy that was recently passed. WOW!

BooBeeDo

I went to the Erie County Auditors website and did a search for Autumn Ridge Lane.They all pay at least 5k a year in real estate tax.
A 400k home would have it's taxes RISE by about $800 per year.

bobshumway92

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underthebridge

Small suggestion to the pro-levy supporters who want us to believe these funds will not go for building facilities: TAKE DOWN THE SIGN BY THE STADIUM THAT SAYS FUTURE SITE BLAH BLAH BLAH! (And by the way, we get that the facility issue will eventually need to be addressed.)

Bherrle

UAB,

If you get that the facility issue will need to be addressed, then what's your point?

beborcott

VOTE NO!!!!

Bherrle

Vote Yes.

madeline10

VOTE NO FOR PERKINS SCHOOLS!

Bherrle

A no vote is not a vote "for the schools." Vote Yes for Perkins Schools, to continue the strong programs this community has come to expect.

bobshumway92

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True Blue

There will be wage increases starting in 2014 for Perkins schools. I wonder if KBI will get any raises. Oh, they won't. They're going to close in 2014. Until this area stops losing jobs, I won't vote for any school levy.

Cowboy

If this levy passes KBI will close up for sure! Not good for the economy!

believeit

Not related.

fifteenthgreen

If they don't pass this thing before that happens, it will NEVER pass! The entire community might as well pack up or find a way to get the industry and jobs lost...back!

Bherrle

I don't see the connection, please explain.

Cowboy

You wouldn't because you are drinking the Kool-aid!

Bherrle

Please connect the dots for me, how are those two related?

KBI is in trouble because companies are buying what they make cheaper elsewhere.

How is does the school levy vote affect KBI?

bobshumway92

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registerer

I do not live in this district but just throwing this out there. From what I have read if the levy fails the "pay to play" for sports will be around $700 is that correct? If so wouldn't it be cheaper to vote for the levy? Just curious about the thoughts on this.

Cowboy

Actually don't believe everything the BOE tells you, that's what got us in this situation in the first place. The $700 figure is a scare tactic. And if they do actually implement this, every dollar will be scrutinized by us! And if we find that they are overcharging us then we will call them on the carpet in a law suit! You can bet we will hold the school accountable for every dollar if we have to pay $700 a sport per kid! I would not want to be the treasurer!

Bherrle

Cowboy,

With due respect, it is sounding like you do want to be the treasurer.

"every dollar will be scrutinized by us!"

This BOE has the best interests of the entire Perkins community in mind. Hard decisions had to made, and continue to have to be made. Please detail for us, what you would have done differently, and would do in the future, that addresses all the issues?

Bherrle

Registerer,

From a pure math standpoint, for a parent with a child who plays one sport, unless that parent owns a home over $350,000, then yes, it would be cheaper to vote yes, for that parent.

However, the larger issue is that Perkins has not passed a levy in 13 years, and state funding continues to drop. Facility issues need to be addressed, and we need to maintain the strong programs that Perkins offers now.

senioritis

And how many of you either in the KBI parking lot (working there) or on here complaining about the fear of KBI closing have American-made cars?

goodtime1212

My American made truck has more parts made over seas then my wife's Not American Made S.U.V. But my truck is assembled in United Sates.

believeit

Honda Accords and most Acuras are the most "American-made" cars in the country (not to mention Ohio - ask anyone who lives in Columbus)

local man

registerer - I know you meant well by your comment but those who go to perkins foot the bill for the pay to play sports rather than every perkins resident footing the levy bill.

2cents's picture
2cents

(every perkins resident footing the levy bill.)

Moe than that, there are many business people with property in Perkins that do not live in Perkins and have no vote either way at all!

registerer

Understood. I am just wondering how many will open enroll out of the district due to the high dollar amount for the pay to play. Lets just say that the pay amount is $700 and you have 3 kids are you going to pay $2,100? Probably not.

Cowboy

Nice to see the school board is getting their money's worth with this paid pro-levy blogger! Go back to California!

registerer

Cowboy, I live just out of the district not in California. I just think the school board is in a bad spot. If kids start open enrolling out look at all the extra money the school loses. Also I think the board is throwing away money on this once again.

goodtime1212

We will vote NO. We live and work in the township. It is cheaper to pass the levy, BUT our kids will be out of the school system in a few years, the levy is forever, things are tight and its not my job to build a school that my kids will not enjoy. Might sound selfish but it is what it is. Not to mention at this point we would not care if the levy only cost 50cent, there is no trust we would still vote no.

believeit

You are correct. It is selfish. As you stated, it is cheaper to pass the levy, as others did before you had kids in the district. Things are always tight for most people.

fifteenthgreen

Things don't seem to be too tight for these teachers and their fat six figure salaries/package!

Bherrle

15th,

Perkins teachers are not the highest paid teachers in country, in the State of Ohio, or even within Erie County. Teachers are important, and keeping good teachers is very important.

fifteenthgreen

Give us some comparisons then. We are by far the highest in the county. You speak of facts?

Pirate Mom

Ask the Register to post all teachers' salaries in the county so we can compare. I bet they'll do that. I don't believe that our teachers are highest paid, but published papers won't lie. It is public information, right?

DLK

You mean "effective" teachers?

samiam

According to the August 2013 Perkins Pirate newsletter (which was paid for by our tax dollars) there are two charts comparing nine area school districts, one about starting salaries for teachers and one about average teacher salaries. Perkins is 2nd highest on the starting salaries chart and 3rd on the average salaries chart.

Bherrle

The levy is not forever, it is a 10 year levy. It can be voted out in 10 years. I urge you to reconsider Goodtime.

fifteenthgreen

Will there be any additional levies during that ten year time frame?

goodtime1212

thank you for a respectful replay but we will be voting no, its not just about money, there is NO trust for the BOE and Mr Gunner

bobshumway92

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believeit

Shortsighted - Gunner will be gone, while the district will be around for a long time. Obviously, you don't care about either, but that is your choice.

fifteenthgreen

The district will be fine if this thing fails. I've seen the threats before and watched them fail time and again. Adjustments need to be made and it may have to start with wages and programs being cut.

Bherrle

15th,

In response to your post "The district will be fine if this thing fails. I've seen the threats before and watched them fail time and again. Adjustments need to be made and it may have to start with wages and programs being cut."

You really think the district will be fine if it has to cut programs? I see this levy vote as a turning point. If it fails, the whole community, not just the district, will decline. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen. Not a scare tactic, just one man's prediction.

fifteenthgreen

They won't cut the programs as stated. I've seen it before, we'll see it again. I've sat through countless meetings stating as such. Watch!

goodtime1212

You are correct BELIEVEIT, its our choice.

DLK

He will not be gone. He plans to retire and be rehired. Just ask.

believeit

Ask whom? No discussion has ever been brought up about "retire-rehire"? Just throwing out stuff to see if it sticks.

donutshopguy

If I understand Mr. Gasteier rebuttal in the Letters to the Editor today, senior citizens who already are receiving the Homestead Exemption will continue to receive the tax reduction.

But, from now on this exemption will be eliminated for most baby boomers. That equates to about $5,000 dollars over a 20 year period. That with the additional amount of $8,000 dollars over that 20 year period for this operational levy only.

So right now, A new county income tax increase. A elimination of the Homestead Exemption and a new state income tax increase. Plus, a new operational levy requested by the school.

They will keep taking until you say enough.

Bherrle

DSG,

I believe the Homestead exemption goes away after this election. This election would qualify for it, future elections won't. I don't think it is based on age, but I am writing this in the middle of the night.

I agree with you, we need to make a statement. To state lawmakers, that they need to quit abandoning our communities. That they need to drastically overhaul the school funding system. To state and county lawmakers who without our consent, are raising sales taxes.

I don't mean to put words in your mouth, but I don't think we would be using our voting rights properly by voting no on the only tax we get a vote on to send a message. I don't think the county or state lawmakers will hear it.

As always, it is good seeing your comments and perspective.

donutshopguy

Bherrle,

Sure they will hear it. If you continue to vote against school levies the state will have to come in and take over the district and support it with their money (Oops I mean my money) . If a large number of communities proceed in this manner the state will be forced to rectify the situation. You can send all the letter and e-mail you want it won't matter. I'm talking about really forcing the issue.

At some point in time, the public will run out of money to fund all the levels of government (including schools). This probably will not happen in my lifetime because people don't take the time to look at our future. But, someday this will happen.

goodtime1212

that's what we think, enough is enough. They have a school, they had the money, they just moved it and created there own problem.

Bherrle

It is a much more complicated problem than that. How would you propose they handle the facility issues?

fifteenthgreen

Wait and let the voters decide when the time is right.

donutshopguy

I have made my proposal to you and on this blog. Our superintendent and school board does not understand their elaborate academy is not wanted in this community by the voting public. The grandiose project is not what the public wants. For some reason those in charge can't understand this concept.

goodtime1212

I am in and out of the high school a lot and in parts of the school most don't get to see, they have blown it way out of proportion, I have said it before. 60 percent of the big problems are in is 10 percent of the building.

happycamper01

How does open enrollment effect a levy? I mean the parents of the kids who go to Perkins from Sandusky and other districts don't have to pay these increase in taxes so how is that even fair? I would vote no and also say stop open enrollment.

RMyer

If open enrollment is stopped, there will be an additional $2.5-3,000,000 revenue loss per year to the district. That is equivalent to about a 7 mill levy that we would have to pass locally to replace. Open enrollment parents from Sandusky or other communities are paying property taxes to the school district where they reside; then the state transfers state money to Perkins for each of those students. The same holds true for the students who leave our district to attend elsewhere. The money for each student follows him or her to the district he or she enrolls in. Additionally, the parents in the other local districts are paying higher school taxes than we pay in Perkins. Even considering passage of this levy, Perkins will still rank either lowest or next to lowest for school taxes in Erie County.

Just to set the record straight-there have been a couple of comments regarding the length of the August levy. It is a 10 year emergency levy. It is not forever (unless renewed in the future).

donutshopguy

RMyer,

Can you give me an example of a renewal levy that has not been continued in the district?

Bherrle

I don't have the time to research that. I would only comment that the voters would have the say in whether it was renewed in 10 years.

Cowboy

"Hey Kool-aid"!!!

Gardenman

the information provided is all very good. Does not matter how you feel one way of the other its there for you to look at and decide if they need more money or not.

Darkhorse

If the public is foolish enough to keep passing the levies, the schools will keep asking for more money. When does it all stop?

RMyer

Schools will have to continue to ask for money due to two primary reasons: (1) HB 920 passed in the 1970s, and (2) the lack of will amongst our state elected officials to fund schools equitably as ordered four times by the state supreme court. I hope that all of us who are frustrated by the school funding issue have also directed phone calls, emails, or letters to our state elected officials, and demanded that they take action other than to continue to cut funding for public schools.

donutshopguy

RMyer,

How do you propose to fund school? Through state taxation?

Where does the state get their money? That's right, from you and me.

So are you suggesting that the money coming out of different pocket is different?

believeit

Keep passing levies? A levy for additional funds hasn't been passed in 13 years, the only district in the county with that distinction.

fifteenthgreen

Right, believeit, and we were still able to build up a multi-million dollar reserve that was forked over to the new stadium, manipulate funds for the new campus project, loans we can't pay, legal fees, etc...

goodtime1212

you said it.... that's why there no trust

DLK

There are reasons you haven't NEEDED to in 13 years and a reason why the tax rate is lower than other districts...it's because of higher property values in Perkins and new commercial/residential growth, plus the money you receive from surrounding districts in open enrollment. Please don't say it's because you've been fiscally responsible!

believeit

We haven't needed it because of increased funding due to open enrollment. Why the merits of this can (and have) been debated, there is no question it has kept the district afloat.

Cowboy

Vote NO until Gunnie is removed from his position and the Kool-aid is put away!

Bherrle

Vote Yes. There is no Kool-Aid.

bobshumway92

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bobshumway92

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Bherrle

And the Vote Yes folks, along with the current BOE, are being accused of "scare tactics." You ought to be ashamed of yourself, Bob.

Provide us with some solutions, some specific solutions. Or is complaining and pointing the finger just too easy?

No one wants to pay more taxes. But do we want to maintain the strong school system Perkins is, or do we want to watch it start to decline?

goodtime1212

we don't like being bullied that's what it is, saying do this or else is just what bully's do. They were told no to a new school levy, so they moved the operating funds to help pay for the new stadium and now say they have no operating funds to run the school. VOTING NO,

DLK

Technically they moved operating funds to PI and it's being used to fund a new school...in part, a $3 million loan they took from Citizens Bank to pay for the architect. But the stadium was built in part from the district's general fund.

Vote Informed

We're not running scared from Dr. Gunner. We know that this tax increase is good for 10 years, and yes it will be cheaper for all families who have children in the school system. We were showing our support in the last levy, and we will continue to support our schools until one passes. We know how much cheaper it'll be for the families with children in sports, student council, band, ect., and we know the best and most financially intelligent decision is to to VOTE YES!!

bobshumway92

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VOTENO

Whoa ho ho! Gunners minions are out tonight! Rah Rah Rah!!!

believeit

More name calling without any solutions. Nice to have you back.

middleclassworker

I will vote NO!!

and for all of you yes voters, we don't have to pass a levy for you to contribute to perkin's schools. Just open your check book and send the school hundreds or thousands of your money, I'm sure they will take it with a smile. But don't ask me to support an organization that has lost touch with the tax payers!

Vote Informed

How has Perkins Schools lost touch with its taxpayers? Why would we want to give thousands of dollars away when we could vote yes and have our taxes increased by only $20/mo (for a home valued at $100,000) There's a choice for families. $730/sport, or $20/mo, which would be $240/yr. Vote YES!!

bobshumway92

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Vote Informed

Since it seems that your home is valued higher than 100k ($20/mo), a house valued at 150k would pay an additional $25/mo., a difference of only $5.

bobshumway92

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Vote Informed

If you have any further questions, please visit http://perkinslevy.com/.

bobshumway92

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samiam

I want to know how the school district is legally allowed to pay for the latest pro-levy Pirate Pride mailing. The entire thing was in support of the levy. I don't want my tax dollars paying for it.

bobshumway92

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Vote Informed

I do see alot of vote yes signs, and I have faith in our community, and I know that we will make the right decision. It's not bandwagon. People realize what the better option is, financially. VOTE YES

bobshumway92

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Vote Informed

It's none of your business what my finances are. I know that I will save money if I vote yes, so I will. I know a lot of families feel the same way that mine does. A lot of parents care and a lot of kids care.

bobshumway92

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believeit

Same to you.

PyrkinsPyrate

I wonder if you can fathom the difference between "saving money" and sticking a whole lot of other people with higher property taxes so you do not have to directly pay for your kids to play sports.

goodtime1212

I know a few people that let them put the sign in there yard just to shut them up and are still voting no, so don't think every sign is a yes.

underthebridge

Lots of people I know are doing that. Not me.

middleclassworker

(to answer Vote informed)

The taxpayers (myself) keeping saying no to a new campus idea and they keep asking for more and threating the athletes and their parents.

Why should you give thousands, because if you believe they are so right in the way they are operating the school system then you should have no problem making up the difference for all the home owners that don't want to support this levy. Put your money where your mouth is!! Step up with your extra cash you have and I don't and support your Mr. gunner and the school board!! But don't ask or criticize me for not supporting a deceiving administration.

Vote Informed

This levy has nothing to do with this new campus idea. It is for day-to-day operations. There has also been a lack of state funding. I shouldn't have to give up thousands. That's why I'm voting yes, and by doing that, I'm "putting my money where my mouth is." Call the administration what you want, but they only want the best for our children.

middleclassworker

If the levy fails, will you still send the school your projected amount or more?

Vote Informed

If it fails, like all parents, I will end up paying more in pay-to-play fees than I will in my taxes when the levy passes. So the answer to your question would be yes.

middleclassworker

no no.....not your fees......additional cash to the school system to support something other than your personal needs!! A true supporter of the levy will pay their share to the board first and their personal needs for their kids pay to play second. that is true unselfish support!!

Vote Informed

When was the last time you contributed to the schools? I am on 3 levy committees. I have given money to the levy campaign, not that my money is any of your business. I'm not a selfish supporter. I have given much of my time and money to Perkins Schools. Now that my personal business is out of the way, can we all look at the big picture and judge our decision on the 14 jobs that could be lost?

middleclassworker

I'm sorry about those 14 jobs.....but I already contribute to welfare and other programs.....the school system doesn't need to be another one of those programs

Vote Informed

That's a shame that you think of our schools that way. Everyone should support their school system. Our children are in need and I don't want 14 teachers to lose their jobs because we can't pay an extra $25/mo. I will vote yes for the teachers, students, and families!!

middleclassworker

have you asked the school teachers and support staff, and administration for 5 - 10 % wage and benefit cuts like you ask me to support the levy? because that would save a lot of money and jobs. maybe lower the required mils too

Rosa

That is a great idea!!!

middleclassworker

I support the school system every year with my current tax bill

donutshopguy

Vote informed,

I was supporting the Perkins School System today and it didn't cost me a dime.

middleclassworker

The school system wages and benefits should mirror those that support it, the majority of people in this community do Not make anything near these wages or benefits! And most of these jobs are only at most 10 month jobs....so you could say their vacation time is 2 plus months long and their wages and benefits far exceed most in the community.

believeit

Teachers do not get 2 months vacation. They are paid by the days that they work. It is no different than factories that close down for weeks at a time. No work, no pay.

fifteenthgreen

Wrong again, believeit. It's written into their salary/comp package. Sorry! Been there!

believeit

What package? How are teachers paid other than days worked (other than supplementals, which is also spread out over contract) Don't know where you have "been".

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