Aug 23, 2013

How much does it cost to light up Perkins' football stadium?

Does anyone know what the cost is to turn on and run the Perkins stadium lights? If it's really expensive, maybe some money could be saved by using every other light or have day games on Saturdays. And why are the lights somtimes left on overnight during some nights? Pete on Campbell Street

Perkins School treasurer Lisa Crescimano provided the following answer:

This question probably arises due to the stadium field lights being on last week. On Wednesday evening, (Aug. 14) the stadium field lights were turned on for two purposes:

1. The district needs to have a few hours burn on the lights prior to the start of (the) season due to an extended period of inactivity since last November.

2. Also on Wednesday, the stadium cleanup and bleacher power washer ran until 12:30 a.m. The district used volunteers to clean the stadium. The late hour was due to volunteers having day jobs, and we did it in the evening to utilize volunteers, saving the district considerable (amounts of) money and ran the required four-hour burn prior to the season.

All other lights are on timers and run for security purposes (such as for) parking lot lights. We do have the spotlight shining on the U.S. flag, which stays on the entire night.

Our lighting charges at the stadium average $314.85 per month.

As for having games during the day on Saturday, the schedule is designated by the Ohio High School Athletic Association after input from all the schools in the Sandusky Bay Conference and the availability of officials and referees.

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Comments

Nemesis

There are several high schools that have day games on Saturday for their own reasons. In the Cleveland suburbs, one school does so because their stadium is surrounded in close proximity by very expensive homes, whose owners don't like the lights and noise. In another, with a large Jewish enrollment, games are moved because of the High Holidays.

Sandusksquach

How much for the light on the flag? Could the flag only be flown durn daylight hours?

Pete on Campbell

Sandusksquach

Next week: how much do they spend on paper clips? Could the repurpose used staples?

Nemesis

There are several high schools that have day games on Saturday for their own reasons. In the Cleveland suburbs, one school does so because their stadium is surrounded in close proximity by very expensive homes, whose owners don't like the lights and noise. In another, with a large Jewish enrollment, games are moved because of the High Holidays.

red white and blue

Ya its pay to play one season of 30 players of football and apparently the band and choir fees

VOTENO

Vote NO in NOvember!

WesTaylor

That is so clever! Did you come up with that all on your own?

ladydye_5

You could pay on Saturday AFTERNOON and not even need the lights.

brassman

Isn't the stadium already used on Saturday afternoons? The middle school, JV, and soccer teams all use it, too, don't they?

ashamed

Wow! They really masked those costs well. Costs AVERAGE $315/mo. Right, but the lights are only used 2-3 months. That makes the costs of use a lot higher than they make it out to seem. That's a little over $1200/mo for the three months they actually get used. Way to go Perkins at trying to spin the story in your direction instead of taking time to actually consider that a community member might have a feasible way for you to save money!

brassman

Math wasn't your best subject, eh?

ashamed

$315/MO X 12 Months a year= $3780. $3780 divided by the 3 months they actually use the lights= $1260. I do believe $1260 is a little over $1200. I think my math is just fine!

brassman

Where does it say they pay that for 12 months?

hoss69z28

Another sad attempt by a Perkins Administrator to "mask" the answer and not tell you straight up what answer you wanted to hear!! No wonder the levi failed...no trust

brassman

Mask what? They said exactly how much it costs.

Kenith

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fifteenthgreen

What's your name, Kenith?

VOTENO

What a troll.

WesTaylor

^said the troll^

VOTENO

^Said the troll^

ashamed

Seriously Brassman? Typically, when you 'average' costs of utilities per month you do it over the course of a year. You can keep trying to mask the truth as much as you want, I'm not buying it!

Kelly

You're making assumptions. All he said was the average of what they paid. It could very well be the average of those 2-3 months you say they use it.

brassman

Nobody said it was for a whole year.

queenjhb

How many night games this year are planned & how many hours are these games lasting? That are, using the Stadium at night? Somehow its not adding up, I mean those are really strong lights , maybe if there are only a few home games at the stadium at night, still, it seems it has to be spread out over 12 months.

WesTaylor

Even if it was, we are talking $3,000. That is 4 kids pay to play. This is a non-issue, but once again, the world needs a punching bag. Perkins has become that to the surrounding communities, and now itself. Sad.

ashamed

If I am making assumptions, so are you. I'm assuming that since they said 'averaged out to' they meant it over a year, you are assuming they didn't. Either way....it is the pot calling the kettle black.
Let's suffice it to say that Perkins administration is not giving a straight answer because an assumption must be made one way or another to interpret their answer.

oldpirate

seriously, is this worth discussion. SR quit fabricating drama.

rjk1915

People are anonymous because, if identified, they might be attacked by the savages.

Kobayashi Maru

While we are at it why don't we find out how much money is spent lighting the buildings during the day? What about those copiers and the cooking equipment?

Here's a thought - our students only go to school on super-sunny days. That way our teachers, who should take a massive pay cut, can leave the blinds open and teach with only natural light. If the forecast calls for rain or clouds the kids can stay home. And everyone should pack so the cafeteria doesn't have to turn on any equipment. Or we can just serve PB and Jelly sandwiches. No more hot meals! No more copies either! Students can simply write everything down on notebooks you can buy for $0.10 at Staples. That was easy!

Seriously, I am all about holding Gunner and the Five Stooges to being accountable, and yes, I believe the inside millage should go back to operations where it belongs, but asking about the lights at the field? The NO in NOvember (TM VOTE NO) is getting a bit nit-picky. I'd rather hear about the specials not being cut at the Elementary Buildings, Tracy Hiss being allowed to teach at Furry while Erie County Prosecutors decide to charge her to a Grand Jury, the AD having a job despite the failure of the levy, and why Patrick Kania left the district at such a short notice. Is someone taking his job? The Reflector reported Friday Kania is now a principal or something in Norwalk.

VOTENO

NO in NOvember!

WesTaylor

You must be proud of that slogan! I bet it took awhile to put that one together!

Nemesis

So, Kobayashi, is it your intent to equate football and classroom teaching in the scheme of school priorities?

queenjhb

maru, kids need hot lunches, lighted building ,copied papers for education, remember we are supposedly addressing this emergency needed levy [not]In a desperate need of funds, day games at the stadium could at least save $3,000.What could $3,000 do ? more than we think, its about enough is enough, make cuts where possible, that is if we are really, really taking this seriously. Accountability,not more money ,more ,more, more. I get what your saying, and the kids will have what they really need.

Kobayashi Maru

I agree that kids need those things, hence my sarcasm. It seems silly to ask about the lights at the stadium. The football team sells plenty in tickets to cover the expenses associated with the lights. The anti-levy group needs to focus on the major issues - staffing cuts that were not made, programs not cut, etc. The lies Mr. Gunner told need to be addressed and he needs to go back to Oregon.

fifteenthgreen

BAM!

Nemesis

So, moving a pigskin up and down a field is now just as important as learning to read?

queenjhb

Maru, your right , thanks.

God Of Thunder

How about if the athletic director's salary wasn't over 100 grand. That seems pretty outrageous to me. That much money to schedule games and be a PR person at the games??? Come on, that's crazy. I'm sure he does a 'little' more than that, but talk about being overpaid