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.

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Comments

fifteenthgreen

You forgot about the dismantling of the entire school district. This was to take place starting on August 7th? Are you sure we'll make it to the November ballot before the walls come tumbling down? Also, how many homes are valued at the $100,000 mark? Why is it that figure is used so often? Because it's sounds low and favorable? In addition, the "reserve cash" was used for a 1.7 million dollar stadium contribution and was part of the millage move, among other misappropriations.
We can only hope those low test scores and ODE ratings improve first!!!

Eph 2 8-10

There are quite a number of homes over $100K....upwards of $400-500K in Perkins Twp.

fifteenthgreen

Right. How much will they pay?

fifteenthgreen

Need Bherrle on this one! I went to Perkins and took their "effective" math classes.

Bherrle

15th,

In response to your comments "How much will a $400,000 or $500,000 home pay? We need Centauri on this one!"

No you don't need Centauri. You only need a calculator and basic math skills. If a $100,000 home will pay an additional $236 per year, then a $500,000 home will pay an additional $236 X 5 = $1,180 per year.

VOTENO

Do all the math you want! Your levy will never pass! NOOOOOOO VEMBER!

Bherrle

VoteNO,

15th seemed to need help with the math. Can you offer some specific solutions? Very specific solutions to all the issues?

VOTENO

Here you go. Vote NO in NOvember and vote the current board members up for re-election, out. Replace with anyone running besides Bennett. New board move inside millage money back and fire Gunner. Problem solved. Also, all parents refuse to pay any fees Gunner and the board came up with.

Bherrle

VoteNO,

If you think that it is it, then I fear you are doomed to always be angry at the school district.

I'm not looking for a paragraph. The problems are much deeper than that. Why aren't you running for the board?

fifteenthgreen

Read this: http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

St Marys seems to know how to get it done. Do you think we are above them? Careful how you answer, Bherrle. Many live in the district and are voters!

Bherrle

15th,

In response to your post "Read this: http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

St Marys seems to know how to get it done. Do you think we are above them? Careful how you answer, Bherrle. Many live in the district and are voters!"

I previously read that article. It mentions nothing about the costs of those renovations, nor the conditions or issues that existed prior to the renovations. Did those issues and conditions compare to those that exist in our buildings?

I'm not sure why you feel the need to try to pit Perkins against SCC. Do I think we are above them? No.

My feelings on what I think our school district should be doing are based on the issues that exist in our district. Furthermore, we are a publicly funded school, SCC is privately funded.

VOTENO

D O U C H E

fifteenthgreen

Bherrle - The only math I need to know is the final vote count and you seem to continually be on the short end. They need new people on this campaign that truly know how to reach the people of this community or you'll keep coming up short!

fifteenthgreen

http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/...

District OH Rank Rating 11-12 10-11 Per.Ind Value Low Inc.
Edison Local Erie 247 A A 100.8 Met 33%
Huron City Erie 124 A A 103.7 Met 30%
Margaretta Erie 412 B A 97.6 Met 37%
Perkins Local Erie 391 B B 98 Below 33%
Vermilion Local Erie 371 A B 98.4 Met 41%
Port Clinton Ottawa 430 B B 97.2 Met 47%
Put-In-Bay Ottawa 21 A A 108.7 Met n/a
Danbury Local Ottawa 241 A A 101 Met 45%
Oak Harbor Ottawa 240 A+ A 101 Above 34%
Norwalk City Huron 332 B A 99.3 Met 49%
Sandusky City Erie 585 C C 86.5 Met 78%

Ohio gives public schools and districts one of six ratings. The state does not award schools letter grades, but the official ratings can be roughly translated as follows:

Excellent With Distinction = A+
Excellent = A
Effective = B
Continuous Improvement = C
Academic Watch = D
Academic Emergency = F

Those grades are based on:
The percentage of students passing state tests;
How well students score on state tests;
For elementary and middle schools, a calculation showing how much progress students made in a particular school year;
Attendance rates;
High school graduation rates; and
Whether or not the school or district meets federal standards. (Those federal standards are called Adequate Yearly Progress and include reading and math test passing rates and test participation, attendance and graduation rates.)

Bherrle

15th,

You seem to enjoy stirring the pot by making over the top comments. I hope I am wrong. You continue to reference dismantling of the school district. No one, except for you and some others who seem to have a vendetta against the current administration, has said that the district would be dismantled immediately. You continue to to make that comment, but they are your words, not Dr. Gunner's. The comment you are referring to was made to illustrate that the district Perkins has become, in terms of it's overall curriculum and educational experience, would begin to decline. That has now become a reality. The decline has begun.

You continue to make light of the conditions of the facilities. I.E. - "the walls come tumbling down." No one has said that will happen, save for you. The administration, and many parents of current our former students, are concerned about the long-term viability & safety of these buildings. You have turned that into the "building is falling down."

You obviously feel that you know more than the several building and construction experts that have inspected these buildings during the last few years, who have said that the best course of action is to tear down and build new. So, please, go thru all of those reports, item by item, and tell us,want do you know that they don't?

Please, give us a specific renovation plan that addresses all of the long term health and safety issues that exist, item by item, with specific costs.

I have further information to share about the stadium, however that will have to wait till tomorrow evening or Saturday.

VOTENO

Vote NO in NOvember!

fifteenthgreen

The decline is in the scores and state ranking. Horrible! "dismantled" were his words and are on video by the SR. Renovation plan: leave it alone for now! Hey, I thought this had nothing to do with buildings, flip flopper!

fifteenthgreen

Here is a brief explanation of the Value-Added Measure.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/...
Here is a brief overview of how Perkins has scored on the ODE District Report cards from the previous ODE link.

Furry
08-09 Effectiive
09-10 Excellent
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective
Meadowlawn
08-09 Effective
09-10 Excellent w/Distinction
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective
Briar
08-09 Excellent
09-10 Effective
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective
HS
08-09 Excellent
09-10 Excellent
10-11 Excellent
11-12 Excellent

District (with additional years)
03-04 Effective
04-05 Effective
05-06 Continuous Improvement
06-07 Continuous Improvement
07-08 Effective
08-09 Effective
09-10 Excellent
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective

Ohio gives public schools and districts one of six ratings. The state does not award schools letter grades, but the official ratings can be roughly translated as follows:

Excellent With Distinction = A+
Excellent = A
Effective = B
Continuous Improvement = C
Academic Watch = D
Academic Emergency = F

Those grades are based on:
The percentage of students passing state tests;
How well students score on state tests;
For elementary and middle schools, a calculation showing how much progress students made in a particular school year;
Attendance rates;
High school graduation rates; and
Whether or not the school or district meets federal standards. (Those federal standards are called Adequate Yearly Progress and include reading and math test passing rates and test participation, attendance and graduation rates.)

sandtown born a...

Disguise it as a operating levy then use the funds to build a new building the same ole bait and switch we have come to expect from the Perkins BOE

Cross

Register, why are you not reporting about the 5 million of operating funds that Perkins moved to improvements against the wishes of their voters who have consistently voted against a new campus? The budget woes Perkins has is more from their own millage moves. Please report the facts!

Sandusksquach

Gunner for Commisoner!

The General

Jimmy Ego aka Raoul Duke where r u cup cake?

VOTENO

VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER!

VOTENO

NO in NOvember!

VOTENO

NOvember!

GARY1945

The $730 pay to play is only for as long as that child is playing sports and is in school. The amount that you are taxed will be forever.

Pirate Mom

The levy is for 10 years, as the article states.

fifteenthgreen

Ten years too long!

GARY1945

10 years right have you ever seen a levy only last as long as it says? they always come back with one equal if not more.

man4451

Does it say ' only homes over the 100,000 will pay taxes?

I think sschool taxes of any kind should be once every 4 years. NOT 4 times a year.

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