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

Equity

I'll drive by the high school this evening and check it out. I drive by it every day and I have not seen a pro levy sign on that property.

DLK

"Support our students" and "Support our schools" are not pro levy? They are on all the school marquees. Schools are permitted to allow pro levy groups to post signs if it "promotes the welfare of the community", but they must also allow the same privilege to anti levy groups. "No" signs must also be allowed. And I personally asked the Board of Elections Monday as I'm on a committee for a potential new school board member. Only "Paid for by" is needed.

Cowboy

You are 100% correct! All those signs are in violation of ORC.

Centauri

Did the pro school levy committee put up the letters or did a paid school employee put up the letters on the marquees?

underthebridge

DLK - Thank you! It will be good to see who may run against the two up for re-election.

queenjhb

Please vote NO

Perkins2060

+1

EZOB

Besides Gunner, I wonder how many of the teachers and all those employed by the chools system live outside Perkins Township? They are the ones with the most to gain.

Strong Schools ...

Let's get real...So many people commute to work each day because they have to go where the jobs are. I don't care if all of the teachers or administrators live in our community. All I care about is that they provide a quality education for our children and that has been displayed over the years. How many of the negative bloggers live where they work? How many of the negative bloggers live in Perkins? I bet it is not 100%. If you live in Perkins and work in Sandusky you are still commuting to work! Don't sweat the small stuff and stay focused on the children. Vote YES!

Resident51

The last I knew, Perkins staff members received UNLIMITED personal days. Is this still the case?

Strong Schools ...

Who cares how many personal days they have! What realy matters is how many do they take. If you check the records there are not a lot of personal days being used.

Centauri

Reading the comments, I get the feel that some people cannot afford anymore property taxes and will be voting "No" because there is no extra money to give.

I get the impression that some of the "Yes" voters do not want to pay extra for sports or extracurricular activities for their children. They want the taxpayers to pick up the tab.

The school employees also do not want to freeze their wages or benefits or go backwards to lesser wages and benefits.

What about the people who lost their jobs, had their wages cut drastically or have expenses due to health problems for example? Is it fair to them that they should pay another $200 to $300 per year towards the school?

What happened to sacrifices where all of the people work together to solve financial issues? What would be wrong if the parents paid extra for sports or extracurricular activities for ONE year and go from there? Maybe the school will find out that the extra charges for sports and extracurricular activities were set too high and should have been set much lower.

How much money do the sports bring into the schools? An example would be tickets to see football and basketball games.

Strong Schools ...

The teachers, staff, and administrators have worked togheter to help the school financially through years of pay freezes and giving more on their insurance.

soccermom10

Schools can say "support or students", what they cannot say is "vote yes".

Centauri

Can you provide a link to add strength to your comment?

Resident51

What air did you pull this out of?

A school cannot promote a levy, they can only provide facts. A school can allow pro levy signs on school property, but must equally allow the same rights to anti levy signs.

Centauri

http://www.teachersalaryinfo.com...

•Pupil to teacher ratio: 16 to 1
•Teacher assistants (instructional aides): 18

Median family income: $59,539

Median income of a renter: $28,910
Median income of a home owner: $55,361

Compare this information with other schools in Ohio.

Centauri

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3315.07
3315.07 Instructional program for employees - supplies and equipment for local school districts.

(C)

(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2) of this section, no board of education shall use public funds to support or oppose the passage of a school levy or bond issue or to compensate any school district employee for time spent on any activity intended to influence the outcome of a school levy or bond issue election.

2) A board of education may permit any of its employees to attend a public meeting during his regular working hours for the purpose of presenting information about school finances and activities and board actions, even if the purpose of the meeting is to discuss or debate the passage of a school levy or bond issue.

PyrkinsPyrate

Check me Out....Who am I?......."Names, names. Whatcher name? Stop hiding behind a fake screen name, I need the names. I need everyone's names. names. I need all the names. I gave mine one time at 3am on an obscure dead thread so now you must all give your names to have your opinions count. names!!! names gimme names......(imagine a very effeminate outsider saying "names" like the Zombies in the Night of the Living Dead say "brains" over and over.

Bherrle

Pyrate,

My name is Brad Herrle. I've stated it more than one time already. I state it again here.

I'm willing to put my name behind what I say. Why aren't you?

I don't make baseless accusations about anyone. Why do you?

Edwin Ison

Intimidation

Centauri

http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/s...
SUBJECT:
PROHIBITION AGAINST PROMOTING SCHOOL LEVIES WITH PUBLIC FUNDS

Resident51

Exactly. This means we have the right to put a "Vote No" sign on school property.

goodtime1212

I have heard that the school board spent over a hundred thousand dollars to buy new computer software from a company that Mr Gunner is on the board of, anyone know if this is true?

Bherrle

No, that is not true. Question asked and answered a few weeks ago on the levy Q&A website.

goodtime1212

NO thy didn't spend that much or no they didn't buy it at?

Bherrle

I can't find the answer I saw on this issue right now, but as I remember it, the answer was no to both questions.

Perhaps someone else can chime in on this one, or you can post the question on the Levy Q&A.

Strong Schools ...

Absolutely not true...Check your facts, or better yet, call Dr. Gunner yourself like a lot of us have already done. Vote Yes!

lovingmysoccerm...

Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put thing in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for minimum wage. That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That ...would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to......... 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET'S SEE.... That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!

sugar

So if a waitress serves 40 people on her shift we should multiply her pay by 40? If a nurse takes care of 8 patients, we should multiply her hourly wage by 8? plus another bonus for weekends and holidays for them both? We can all play that game, dear.

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