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

EZOB

My wife just read some of these blogs for the first time. She votes all the time but rarely discusses any of the issues. She commented that the fact teachers are telling the students how their parents should vote is reason enough to make Her vote "NO". Created more negativity when they rang our bell beside the "No Soliciting" sign.

kal-el

She read the blogs "for the first time" but says teachers are telling students how their parents should vote?

It's August 2. School isn't in session. So...how is this happening, exactly?

Strong Schools ...

The teachers educate the students. Hopefully the students are going home and discussing the factual information. My children have not told me how to vote but they are very informed and know a lot more about their district. I am glad the teachers are educating the students on the facts. They are not telling the students to tell their parents how to vote!

sugar

It's called INDOCTRINATION.

AllTheAnswers

This site has become much more informative than any board meeting could. Different points of view shared by a diverse community. When it comes to ones' money, folks are very passionate.
This just leads to the point, that if this levy passes, an outside volunteer board needs to be created. Not only do the districts finances have to be audited by an outside, independent group, personnel and buildings need to be discussed by a representative group. One could ask "isn't this our BOE"? Consider that the community recently twice turned down a new HS plan (approximately 65% of the community said NO). Money was then shifted. When the Super recommended the move to inside millage, what was the BOE vote? I believe 5-0. How can 65% of the community say NO, but 100% of our representative (BOE) say YES? Do they truly represent the taxpayer? Do they have the same financial issues we, the community, have? Do they worry about day-to-day living expenses. A quick check on their collective home values shows $1,798,790 between their five homes. A low of $154,550 and a high of $826,940 with an average BOE home value of $359,758. Do they REALLY understand our financial pain? I restate that our family will vote yes as we see the value of a strong school for this community. But there is no question that a volunteer group needs to form to oversee this district. I would think that the BOE and Gunner are financially out of touch.

samiam

great post.

Strong Schools ...

I like your post. Have you considered running for the board or do you know someone that will?

donutshopguy

There were many Letters to the Editor in today's paper. Some for and some against the upcoming levy.

But what caught me by surprise was the editor's note.

"The Perkins stadium project was paid for by private donations, according to school officials."

So who is trying to pull the wool over who's eyes? What Perkins officials are so naive to try this baseless lie?

This is not the way to pass a levy. The credibility of the school system and their leaders are now in question. Can we trust any information presented by these people?

bobshumway92

No.

Bherrle

DSG,

I haven't read the letters yet, but I would find it very hard to believe that any school official made that exact statement. It is a known fact that it was a combo of taxpayer money and private donations.

Just because they print it, doesn't mean it's true. Perhaps the SR (Editorial Board / Editor's Note) is trying to pull the wool, stir the pot. Or perhaps it is an incorrect, incomplete statement, a mistake.

I think we need to slow down and find out where that exact statement is coming from. Was it a school official, or are those the the SR Editor's words? If it's the SR's words, then it's not fair to direct criticism at the school, and, I think we need to question why the SR would print that kind of statement.

Mr. Westerhold or someone at the SR, can you please comment on the source of that statement?

Wald

It is well-documented that Perkins Schools spent $1.7 million of the unethically-moved operational funds to build the new stadium. For the Register to print anything to the contrary is incompetent at best and dishonest/unprofessional at worst.

bobshumway92

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Bherrle

Wrong.

It is well-documented that Perkins Schools spent $1.7 million, and the Athletic Boosters secured $1.7 million, to fund the $3.4 million. The SR published this direct answer from Dr. Gunner on February 22nd, 2013, see one of Centauri's links.

The Editor's Note today is very disturbing. I'd like to believe it was an honest mistake by the SR, and until shown otherwise I won't assume otherwise. There's no way a Perkins official made that statement.

Oh yeah, the wrong part. It was not unethical. It was completely within the board's right to do so. It was done to provide facilities monies. Does that mean new buildings? Maybe, maybe not.

A lot of folks against the levy are still representing the buildings issues as a decision that is already made. Even after the board has stated publicly that they will not make any final decisions until after the November elections. What gives? How can many of you still say that?

What happened to those who stated, if that if BOE would agree to wait until after November on the buildings, they could get a levy passed. That statement seems to be forgotten by many of you. You asked for a definition of what financial stability means, and they spelled it out. But yet, the criticism keeps coming, it seems that no "No Voter" minds have been changed, at least of those who blog. Those of you who constantly criticize and only criticize (and that's not all no voters, such as Donutshopguy), when was the last time you remember being happy about the Super and the board of Perkins? How far back do you have to go?

I'm going to dig into the numbers tomorrow that are being presented as Net profit has dropped 170%. As much as I don't have the time to do it right now, I will. Good night all.

Bherrle

One more question - how many of you who constantly criticize actually live in Perkins? I know of at least one who does not.

Edwin Ison

You should get off this thread and go play with your kids.... or chase your wife around the house...jeez.

Bherrle

Why is that Edwin? I'm pointing that a certain group of no voters are making statements, and then not backing them up with action when the board does what they ask. Seems to me they will always criticize, no matter what. They continue to criticize from different angles. Facts are presented to put one thing down, so they come up with something else.

I think that needs to pointed out to those who read but don't post, especially those who are still trying to decide how to vote. Playing with my kids and chasing the wife will have to wait a few days. This is a pivitol moment in the district's history.

Edwin Ison

A new school building is more important than your kids? Wow.

Bherrle

There you go, putting words in my mouth again. Did I ever say that? No, I did not.

Wald

The public voted NO to a new building. The BOE and Gunner took the money anyway out of the operating funds, causing a deficit. We all get that it was legal, but taking money from funds earmarked for something else after you were told NO is unethical in my book. There's no argument you can make to change my opinion. My family and I are voting NO.

Strong Schools ...

The paper gets a lot wrong. Go to the district website to find out information. There have been a lot of questions asked and answered. Or when in doubt, call the board office.

donutshopguy

Bherrle,

You are the 500th poster on this blog. Congratulations, you win a free meal, paid for by me. Don't you just love a free unencumbered dialog on a subject we all have a vested interest in.

E-mail me a time and a place. My treat.

Bherrle

Ok

donutshopguy

Oops! Maybe the 500th post was bobshumway92. You guys decide. My offer is still open.

Edwin Ison

Buy em both dinner, wth?

donutshopguy

Edwin,

Great idea. It would be quite a meal with a staunch "yes" and "no' voters at the table.

Bherrle

Dinner with however many want to come is fine with me.

Edwin Ison

Haha..... sounds fun :)

Edwin Ison

Westerhold should hook you guys up with some food at a restaurant.

EZOB

DSG,
Count me inb and I'll gladly split the cost!

donutshopguy

We might have to rent a banquet room somewhere if this keeps up.

Maybe this will be the advisory council to the school board.

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