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

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

(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.

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