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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Edwin Ison

Inappropriate intimidation.

Edwin Ison

Stop the intimidation tactics.

Perkins2060

This is about parents not being able to afford the fees and have been scared by Gunner. They want us to pay it for them. Nothing more to say.

Suitcase Simpson

This blog has been completely polluted by teachers, administrators and probably some paid bloggers. Obviously, if they used our tax dollars to print and mail that atrocious pirate publication which was pure brainwashing material in favor of the levee, they would stoop to paying bloggers!
I SHALL NOT support another levee until the teachers agree to take and PASS a basic proficiency exam in the subjects the 'supposedly' teach! They have fought this tooth and nail for years. They laugh at the taxpayer as they collect the big pay, laptop computers and amazing retirements and benefits! Don't fall for their 'sky is falling' routine. They are afraid they might have to put off their next expensive car purchase if the taxpayer wakes up! Have you ever looked at how nice the cars are in the school employee parking lots? They look like new car lots, nothing over 2 years old. VOTE NO and send a message that the taxpayer will no longer carry their behinds!

StayInformed

Suitcase Simpson-

Know your facts! Each teacher is required to take Praxis exams in each of their subject areas before they are licensed. They are also required to pass general knowledge exams as well .

Are you paid to blog?

Are you sure you are not looking at the student lot?

fifteenthgreen

Probably not paid as well as the teachers are to teach an "effective" state rated education.

donutshopguy

This vote boils down to one thought. At what level does the taxpaying public wish to support their schools. Some wish the bar to be raised to the highest standard. Others don't believe this cost and level are justified.

I analyse my decision on four generations.

First, on the older crowd who are on a fixed income. Can they afford this increase? How many citizens will we put out of their homes because they can't pay this additional tax?

Second, on my generation of baby boomers. We are entering a new life where our incomes will be fixed. What can we afford for the remainder of our lives in the way of taxes? Is there anyway to stop the unchecked need for money from the public sector?

Third, my children. Will their incomes be able to maintain this level of entitlement we have left them with? Are we strapping them with costs they can maintain ? There are less income producing taxpayers than the previous generation.

Fourth, my grandchildren. Have we provided them with adequate resources to become a success if they put forth the effort?

Suitcase Simpson

Don't you remember the whole SB5 fiasco? Lots of teachers taking paid time to go to columbus and dress up in cheese head costumes, etc, because they might have to actually pay a portion toward their retirement and insurance? Seriously, folks, the school employees have been coddled for too long. And the teachers REFUSE to take basic proficiency exams in their own classes. Don't doubt this. Their union was furious that they might be asked to prove they even know the subjects they're teaching!

Centauri

"Don't you remember the whole SB5 fiasco? Lots of teachers taking paid time to go to columbus and dress up in cheese head costumes, etc, because they might have to actually pay a portion toward their retirement and insurance?"

Will anybody dispute Suitcase Simpson's comment?

Strong Schools ...

Not on Perkins teacher took paid time to go to Columbus! Read my later post on the Praxis and staying certified to be a teacher! Stop trying to start drama and stay focused. Vote yes and support the students.

Suitcase Simpson

They have the whole summer to laze around. They have weeks and weeks off during the school year. Never miss a holiday. Disgusting! And those masters degrees they brag about? What do you want to bet they get them from online schools via their FREE laptops! They can no longer fool the people. We have had enough! It is VOTE NO time!

believeit

Hopefully few can even possibly believe the information you spout. First, a teacher can only teach when school is in session. They don't make the schedule. Secondly, many teachers work summer jobs (and holiday part-time jobs), or are taking classes to maintain the certifications they hold, not lazing around. The laptop program, or some other form of technological training, is the goal of practically every district in the country. Perkins just happens to a pioneer and awarded leader in the movement. You certainly have the right to vote no, but posting distortions to try to support your vote is what is disgusting.

Strong Schools ...

You are totally off on your posts and it is disgusting what you are saying about the teachers! I am proud of the educators I have come across over the years and our children have benefited a lot form our amazing teachers. They sacrifice a lot and work multiple jobs both inside and outside of school! Vote Yes!

Centauri

It is illegal in Ohio to promote a school levy using taxpayer funds.

The Perkins School District puts out a news letter called "PerkinsPirate" to postal customers in the Perkins Local School District.

I have a copy of the August 2013 issue that has 4 pages. All 4 pages promote the school levy. I did not see a disclaimer that would show that taxpayer funds were not used. It is illegal in Ohio to promote school levies using taxpayer dollars.

I am very busy at the moment and did a quick search of the internet looking for the PDF of the August 2013 issue of the PerkinsPirate. I was unable to find it.

I did find the March 2013 and April 2013 issues PDF.

http://www.perkinsschools.org/Do...

http://www.perkinsschools.org/Do...

http://www.perkinsschools.org

Prove to me that the August 2013 issue is NOT promoting the school levy using taxpayer money. Go ahead and post the August 2013 PDF.

PTBarnumWouldBeProud

Centauri,

I'm looking at the same document that you are discussing, and based upon the information that I've been able to locate http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/... the school district isn't "promoting" the levy in the August school report. Are they discussing the economic impact of voting for (or against) the levy? Yes, which based upon the aforementioned document, they are able to do. I've read through the document, and I'm unable to locate where they are telling voters how to vote.

If this document had a "vote yes" message, then they would be in the wrong. Do the folks who published this document want you to vote for the levy? I think the answer to that question is very obvious. Did they tell you how to vote? No, they didn't.

Centauri

Thank you for posting that link.

You say "the school district isn't "promoting" the levy in the August school report."

You say "Do the folks who published this document want you to vote for the levy? I think the answer to that question is very obvious."

That would be promoting the levy, no ifs or buts.

http://legal-dictionary.thefreed...
"promote (Advance), verb advocate, advance in rank, aggrandize, better, dignify, elevate, encourage, exalt, favor, forward, further, graduate, help, magnify, move up, pass, prefer, producere, promovere, provehere, push up, raise, upgrade"

"promote (Organize), verb abet, advertise, advocate, aid in organizing, assist, avail, back, befriend, benefit, bestead, bolster, build up, carry on, champion, come to the aid of, connribute to, cooperate, cultivate, develop, encourage, facilitate, foster, further, help, hold up, lend a hand, maintain, nourish, nurse, nurture, patronize, propagandize, push, render a servvce to, sanction, second, serve, speak for, speed, sponsor, stir up, subscribe to, subserve, support, sustain, uphold, urge"

Promoting is exactly what the school is doing with the August 2013 issue of PerkinsPirate. Compare the August 2013 issue with the March 2013 and April 2013 issues that I provided links to.

Here are the topics in the August 2013.
Page 1 "Perkins August Levy Could Save Taxpayers 12.5% before New Law Takes Affect." (Should "Affect" be "Effect?)
"Special Election on August 6th"

Page 2, 3 "Questions and Answers"

Page 4 "Sample August Ballot Language Listed Below"
PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)
PERKINS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

From the link that you posted:
"This language
allows boards to use public funds to
publish and distribute communications,
as long as the purpose behind the
communication is to provide information
about the school district and not to SWAY
the recipient of the communication."

"A board of education may charge the
levy committee a fee and establish
regulations and conditions that govern
the use of the space. Boards should
review their board policies to determine
the regulations that apply to the
community’s use of district property.
The statute requires such meetings to
be nonexclusive and open to the general
public."

"Regardless of where the meetings
occur, it is important to remember that
a board member’s attendance at levy
committee meetings may be subject to
Ohio’s Open Meetings Law"

"If a majority of the
board members are present
only as observers and do
not discuss board business,
then there is no “meeting”
under the Open Meetings
Law."

"Using school resources--
Just as a board may permit
community groups to use its real
property, such as buildings, for
meetings, it also may permit use of its
personal property. Common examples
include telephones, postage meters and
other equipment and supplies under the
board’s control."

"As
discussed in more detail below, boards
should be prepared to permit the use of
its resources by ANTI-LEVY groups once it
provides use by pro-levy groups."

http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/...

http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.g...

PTBarnumWouldBeProud

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, "it depends on what your definition of "sway" is. :)

samiam

Support our Students and Support our Schools sure doesn't sound like Vote No to me! So I would say that the material is subliminally urging one to vote in favor of the levy or yes.

bobshumway92

Vote NO!

Kelly

VOTE YES!!

bobshumway92

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brassman

LOL Who?

Kelly

I think he meant me which shows just how ignorant and biased he is.

bobshumway92

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EZOB

I'm tired and broke of the slogan, "It's for the Children". My new slogan, 'VOTE FOR THE SENIORS'. Those of us that have paid all these years and now it's time to slow down on the spending, NOT speed up.
I've contacted the ACLU in Cleveland. I'm getting ready to start a class action "Discrimination" lawsuit against Gunner personally and the school board. Our "NO" votes should last longer than three months.

observer

Nice letter in the Register today from Bob Weichel on why we should NOT vote for this levy. I truly hope everyone reads it.

Kelly

I didn't find it all that compelling. VOTE YES!

bobshumway92

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Strong Schools ...

His letter has made me vote yes even more!

EZOB

CONTACT:
We "NO" voters need Help.
Chris Redfern Ohio Representative 89 district.
Randy Gardner Ohio Senator District 2. It's time they represent the majority & Seniors.

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