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

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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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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