Aug 15, 2013

What's next for Perkins Schools?

After a majority of voters rejected the Perkins Schools levy last week, what will the district do now? Jenna in Perkins Township

For the third time this year, Perkins Schools will try to secure new funding from township taxpayers in November. 

A fall ballot issue directly results from district residents rejecting an issue asking for a larger chunk of property taxes earlier this month. Soon after this, school board members agreed to place a 10-year, 6.73-mill emergency operating levy on the November ballot.

If approved in November, the levy will generate about $2.8 million a year, stabilizing the district's deficit budget and possibly restoring some of $2 million in cuts implemented this summer. 

The owner of a $100,000 home would end up paying an additional $236 a year, or a total annual payment of $1,234, up from the $998 this person currently pays.

The district is poised to spend all of its reserve cash at the end of the upcoming school year, with a deficit of about $2.2 million and a budget of about $23 million going into the following school year.

Among the fallout from the levy's failure: Students must now pay $730 to play one sport.

Read Friday's Mailbag to find out how much Perkins Schools spent on putting an issue on the August ballot.

The Mailbag is a daily feature on SanduskyRegister.com. Every weekday at noon, we will post one question-and-answer from a resident. To ask a question, send a letter to The Mailbag at 314 W. Market St., or e-mail mailbag@sanduskyregister.com. Please include your first name and a location in the e-mail, e.g. “John from Decatur Street."

Comments

Informed

I wasn't referring to mediocrity just at Perkins. All the schools and most of the people in this are satisfied with mediocrity. I'm not referring to stupid test scores and state rankings. Meet top kids from schools in other states and hear what those schools offer--you'd be amazed at the opportunities for students and the atmosphere that encourages students to excel. It just doesn't exist anywhere around here.

booster

My address is not City of Sandusky but my post office is. Today in the mail I recieved a promotional piece from Sandusky City Schools highlighting their programs and encouraging "enroll now!"
I think the idea of combined schools is not that far away. Could this be part of the planned "dismantling"?

As pointed out by another...I am not sure that this combining will really be cheaper!

VOTENO

Well, they don't have Gunner and our board. That's a plus.

fifteenthgreen

A+

Bherrle

But they have a much higher millage, which is what our millage would become if Perkins and Sandusky merged. You want Sandusky's millage?

VOTENO

Remove Gunner and current board and move inside millage back! NO in NOvember!

Bherrle

You are not responding to my question, which tells me you don't want to acknowledge that I am right.

Easier to district from the facts with the negative campaign.

VOTENO

No, I just don't want to acknowledge your same old pathetic Gunner talking points. Heard enough of his garbage.

fifteenthgreen

The additional millage won't cost us anything if the levies continue to fail. Find a way to convince us that it should pass, Bherrle.

Nemesis

Those flyers went to people all over the area including in Huron.

Nemesis

duplicate.

Nemesis

duplicate

Gardenman

You see prices rising all around you. Food is higher at the store, Erie County commissioners increasing the county sales tax, State of Ohio is incrwasing the state sales tax, the 10% and 2% reductions on newly voted levies is ending, the Homstead Exemption is gone for new applicants, gasoline is up at the pump from a year ago, Buckeye Cablevision just incrased there fees, my family doctor just increased his office charges, dentist just increased his charges, plumber increased his hourly rate, Mathews Ford has increased their hourly labor charge on repairs, etc etc and the list goes on and on.

I got no cost of living increase in my retirement this year and will not for 24 months from the last one. Those increased costs have to be paid by me from somewhere and that means cutting back. There is no way I am going to increase my property taxes by voting for this Perkins School levy. Frankly I should be voting against any renewal levies they put on the ballot too. Don't push me Perkins Schools or I will start doing that too. !!!

The additional money for Perkins Schools is simply just not in my budget !!!!! AND I get really sore when a parent of a Perkins Pirate appears at my door encouraging me to pay more school taxes so they do not have to pay for their kid to play football, basketball, you name it. To me that is the highest of insult !!! I am ready to suggest their kid get rid of the car they drive 1/2 mile to school and actually walk to school and get a job in the summer rather than sitting around the house like they were retired at 16 years old.

West 99

Any low income family with children on free lunch will not pay the "PAY TO PLAY FEE" Another joke of the 500 Sandusky open enrolled students who will not pay these fees. How sweet it is being a Perkins Tax Payer.

Tribester

Not true...free lunch kids have to pay to play as well.

fifteenthgreen

Wrong!

VOTENO

NOOOOOOOOOOO VEMBER!

West 99

Tribester- better look into it!!!

The Answer Person

Why not quit whining for money and do the LOGICAL thing and COMBINE the systems? The whole thing is utterly petty, racistly judgemental, selfish and stupid.

44870 South

Agree...they need to cut the fat at the top and merge the districts into one efficiently run school system. Pay Sanders $150K to run it all! Get rid of all the assistants and their assistants sucking $$$$ from both the districts with their big salaries. There's a big chunk of change right their you'll save a each year...Use that money hire back some teachers!

lifetimeresident

@ The Answer Person
I have to agree. We have thugs and drugies at Perkins to. It would be nice for both schools to combine. They could mingle and make new friends. We act like our school is all high and mighty. Not anymore. I say combine the two.

fifteenthgreen

Who Perkins? Merge? No way. Sandusky's buildings are too old for our liking. We have to have the best of the best even though we're not producing in the classroom!

be for real

I have an idea for the school,stop Paying the supers so much money for doing nothing!!!!!!!

SmokingGunn

A prefect formula to save the schools and another perfect formula to bankrupt a homeowner...

SmokingGunn

A prefect formula to save the schools and another perfect formula to bankrupt a homeowner...

oldpirate

So you want to merge with Sandusky? Supt. 179,0000 3 asiststants 115,000 each. Many more Admin. positions. All for a school approx. the same size or slightly larger than Perkins and pay 42 mils. This sounds cheaper to me.

Common Sense

Why do many, if not all, of those who want us to vote no get this straight?
1. Inside millage can not be moved back. The initial move was made because schools will need to be built in the future. If the school were to take the standard route of financing with a 30-yr. bond, then it would be thirty years until another building could be replaced. With asbestos present in all buildings, with inadequate electrical circuitry, and aging boilers, the cost of renovation is much more than it is to build a new one. You can only fix it so long before the need to re-do is necessary.
2. Two million dollars ($2,000,000.00)has been taken from the budget by the state. Many of us have suffered a reduction in our wages and some have even lost their jobs. I'm not for anyone losing their home. What I would hope for some of the commentors would do is look at their comments and ask themselves if their means justigies their end? Some comments, both pro and con, reflect a sense of childish behavior.

fifteenthgreen

I know it can't be moved back and the schools are fine. Was just in the high school yesterday and it looks great all shined up. Maintenance does a good job every year getting the facilities in good shape. No, things can continually be fixed. People use old things over and over every day. More nostalgic that way. If asbestos is present, why hasn't it been removed properly? Why are the children still subject to this risk? How long has it been there? Is this suddenly a new issue or a bullet point?

Also, 1.7 million that the district contributed to the stadium and the 3.5 million dollar design loan could have gone a long way towards repairing electrical issues, boilers, asbestos removal, etc... That's 5.2 million dollars! What are our priorities? The safety of the students and teachers, or an athletic field and a dream.

Not sure what you're talking about on number two.

44870 South

I also was in Perkins High School the other day and it looks really nice. They just need to make necessary improvements and preserve the existing buildings, like many districts have had to do. Do them in order of priority. Not everything has to be done at one time. For example, BLEACHERS were a priority, not ripping up the whole damn field, "dismantling" the stadium and building a brand new one! I am still in disbelief over that...1.7 million = how many teachers' jobs???

Common Sense

The schools are not fine. The facilities look to be in good shape because they are spotless. However, the maintenance crew spends its time after school inspecting for areas of the ceiling where students have punctured and exposed asbestos. It is a daily maintenance to seal off these blemishes before they become a health risk. I agree with using old things over and over until they become hazardous to the health of either myself or others. Asbestos has not been removed properly because this community has not addressed the rising costs of maintenance. That's why this levy is called an "operational levy". The levy will allow us to operate and to maintain the problems that asbestos poses to our students. If you look at the age of the school buildings, you will understand that asbestos was acceptable in construction at that time. Prolonged asbestos exposure of any sort could affect the health of our future adults similar to the Clyde cancer cluster.
The 1.7 million that the district contributed to the stadium was the figure necessary for the cost of renovation that the school board agreed to provide since the renovations were necessary for the safety of the spectators as well as the widening of the track. The Athletic and Band Boosters believed that, with community support, they could do a little better. Therefore, anything beyond renovation costs was funded with community support. As for the 3.5 million dollar design loan, I think (but am not certain) that the loan would have been paid for with the money that the government was offering to schools everywhere to bring their facilities into the 21st century. When you vote no on an operational levy, you then let you fellow citizens know that you do not care about the safety of its students or its teachers, in most cases.
As for my second point, the point is that the schools had 2 million dollars of state funding pulled from our district. Yet, there are those who express that 1) the board is not listening to them (there are, at a minimum, two factions in the levy situation); 2) Gunner needs to live in the district (some of ouor previous superintendents lived in the district and it did not equate with success); or3) move the millage back (you have stated that you know it can not be moved back). I can feel empathy for the numbers (very large) of residents that are on fixed incomes, have reduced wages, or lost their jobs. However, when it comes to some of the reasoning stated on this forum for voting yes or no, it seems to reflect ssome residents as selfish or childish behavior.
I hope this helped to clear up my posting.

Pages