Oct 30, 2013

Does Perkins BOE member have conflict of interest?

So I'm watching the Perkins board of education debate on the Sandusky Register's website, and board member Terry Chapman introduces himself as the vice president of commerical loaning at Citizens Bank. Does he have a conflict of interest? Doug in the Perkins Schools district.

Doug's question primarily revolves around the fact that Citizens Bank loaned Perkins Schools several millions of dollars to acquire plans for a new school that the majority of the community did not support at the polls.

Doug also asked how is this not a conflict of interest for Chapman and the board of education?

Perkins Schools treasurer Lisa Crescimano provided the following answer:

In reviewing Perkins Schools bank history, it was found that Perkins has used Citizens Bank as its primary banker for over four decades, if not longer. 

Mr. Chapman nor the Board is responsible for the choice of banks. The treasurer gets offers from banks and goes to the lowest interest rate, which in this case was Citizens Banking  at a rate of 2.79%. Mr.Chapman was in no way involved in the loan process and abstained from voting on granting the loan.

Based on this question, the Register submitted a public records request to obtain the affidavit Chapman should have filed with the Perkins School district, stating his exact employment status with the political agency or Citizens Bank. That provision, among others, is outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.

Once we receive an update from Crescimano, we'll post an update on this Mailbag.

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Comments

Darkhorse

Could someone explain further about the affidavit process and when this is used or required? Which ORC code are you quoting from? This was a good question. Thanks for bringing the question to the forefront.

Alissa Widman Neese's picture
Alissa Widman Neese

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3313.33

Sections B and C specifically address when board members may have a "pecuniary" (monetary) interest in a contract between the district they represent and their employer.

neym33

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2Timothy1-7

Ms Widman:

The articles notes that the school system has had a banking relationship with Citizens Bank for four decades. The treasurer states that the loan was awarded based on bids and that Chapman abstained.

My question is in regards to the ongoing depository and checking account relationship with Citizens Bank. Are those contracts also reviewed and awarded based on bids by the Board of Education and when did the last review and bid process occur?

Bherrle

Please visit www.perkinslevy.org for "Video Truths" and other factual information about the need for this levy. Please Vote Yes for Perkins Schools on November 5th!

fifteenthgreen

Regarding footage of the asbestos problems, i.e. tiles in the Perkins schools that aren't being addressed immediately? I still can't believe you're allowing your family to be exposed to such a potentially toxic environment. Why hasn't this crisis been taken care of? Safety first! Or do we simply rely on our insurance company's opinion like the stadium bleachers? Where do the districts priorities lie?

Cowboy

While I believe a NO vote is in order now I do not agree with saying vote NO on all Perkins levies. I believe that once Franklin gets his foot in the door you will see a reasonable levy put back on the ballot and it will address all of our concerns. IT WILL BE REASONABLE, unlike what the Gunnerbots are asking for now! It will also be done on the heels of the BOE putting the inside millage back as we have all been telling them for over a year now. If the inside millage is not put back a levy will NEVER be passed!

Strong Schools ...

Support the students and check out the facts on the levy website. Vote yes!
http://perkinslevy.org/

eddiec1985

I can't believe you're "hitching your wagon" to such a dull star. Franklin has never impressed me as being very bright or knowledgeable. Vote for Ahner or Uher if you want a change on the board.

Nemesis

Asbestos that is not "friable" is not dangerous. Asbestos can be encapsulated instead of being removed. Contrary to the knee jerk reaction bherrie and the gunnerbots want the mere mention of its name to invoke, it's not quite the super voodoo death magic people seem to think it is.

If you live near a stop sign at the bottom of a hill, your kid will probably get more asbestos exposure from brake wear in a month at home than he will from four years at Perkins High.

Perkins2060

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chvs11

Why was the same question not asked of the appointment of Brigitte Green-Churchwell who now serves on the Sandusky Board of Education since she also holds an administrative position at Firelands BGSU.It is quite interesting how BGSU has expanded things at Sandusky High School.(and we will not even mention her attendance record at BG or how often people can not reach her for the job she is supposed to be doing there.)

Justme...

BGSU is non profit, right? Maybe that's the difference. Maybe it doesn't matter as long as one doesn't have a stake in profits.

fifteenthgreen

I don't understand why half of this community continues to drink the BOE and Gunner's Kool Aid. Are these guys really worth it? Someone please tell me how they will ever regain the trust of the entire Perkins community by riding out their agenda to the end.

Strong Schools ...

You don't have to drink the Kool Aid if you know the facts. Check out the levy website and support the students. Vote yes!
http://perkinslevy.org/

Darkhorse

And why doesn't the same principle apply to a nonprofit? It still doesn't look right, ethics is ethics and a nonprofit should not be an exception to the rule.

themomx6

.....and the Titanic (I mean the Perkins school levy) springs another leak! :( Yet Gunner, Chapman, and the rest still don't understand why we don't trust them.

Bherrle

Mom,

Please see my comment below. There is no leak.

fifteenthgreen

If there were no leak(s), this levy would have been passed a long time ago!

Subtle

The levy hasn't passed because the quality of the community in general has depreciated. It's being strongly supported by those of us who have lived here all our lives and who realize the benefit of supporting our schools for less money per month than most of the 'vote no' crowd spend on alcohol, cigarettes, and lottery tickets each week.

And before you jump in and ask for a link to back up that statement 15th, no, I'm not privy to each and every voter's credit card statement; it's just a general categorization. Since the average tax expense if this levy were to pass is $26 per month, I doubt there are many readers on this site from any city or township who don't spend that much on lottery tickets, or fast food, or cigarettes, or alcohol, or coffee from Starbucks or Bigby each and every week. I figured with as many unsubstantiated statements as everyone else has made lately, I'd be entitled to one ;) Common sense does dictate the truth in my assumption however.

VOTENO

I will vote yes next levy!

fifteenthgreen

I agree with you 100% on the quality of the community. This is due to lower paying, service and retail oriented jobs being the main source of income for these folks. Better jobs need to be created in order for any community to thrive! Not just quality schools. Are people going to come here just for the schools or do they need some quality source of income to back up their decision to move here? Plus, we are allowing children from adjacent communities into our system via open enrollment rather than nurturing our own on a lesser scale. Open enrollment is being done solely for fiscal reasons. I feel for the home grown Perkins kids that have to take a step back because of this. I can remember when it was a big deal when one kid transferred from out of town. We all tried to make them comfortable in their new environment. Hell, now they come in waves! Hey, I don't ask for links. :) That's Centauri!

Subtle

Let's be honest, there aren't many homeowners in Perkins working retail unless you are talking retail management. The people in Perkins are basically the same demographic they have always been, people who make enough money to not have to live in Sandusky but who wants more opportunity for their children than they would get in Milan.

fifteenthgreen

You are correct. They rent! Not sure how long you've lived here, but in my lifetime, this area used to rely on high paying, industrial positions. Both managerial and skilled trade. Currently the top paying employers in the township are???

Hawkeye

Perkins schools?

fifteenthgreen

Bingo!

Subtle

Renters don't pay levies so it's a non issue for them.

fifteenthgreen

No, they just have their rent raised to cover the difference. They vote based on this happening! You know any landlord that will absorb any additional cost to their tenant?

Brick Hamland

Any landlord that has a lease... you can't just raise rent becasue of a levy. When the term of a lease runs out they could raise the rent, and the tenant could also go to a new place to rent

Food For Thought

Brick, I would encourage you to actually read a lease once. 99 times out of 100 there is a provision about adjusting rent if taxes go up. Most people do not read things, but they are there, I know it is in the lease I make people sign.

Brick Hamland

Thanks Food. I have read leases and drafted leases. I encourage you to show me a court that would uphold an eviction for the failure to pay the rent increase, I am willing to bet 99 times out of 100 times Sandusky Municipal Court will not grant an order for eviction based on that...

Strong Schools ...

This community is the reason why this levy is not passing. Take care of OUR future and vote yes!
http://perkinslevy.org/

Bherrle

Terry Chapman was not involved, on either end, with the loan that was initiated in the fall of 2012 between Citizens Bank and Perkins.

Citizens Bank took steps to ensure that Terry was not involved, in any way, in the transaction on their end. As Lisa stated in her response, the district treasurer receives the offers from the banks, the decision is made based soley on interest rate (choosing the lowest rate), and when the School Board voted on the issue, Terry abstained from the vote.

VOTENO

Let's hope for his sake he had the proper paperwork on file at the BOE.

Strong Schools ...

Terry was not involved in this loan, on either end of it. Citizens Bank took steps to insure that Terry was kept "at arms length", and was not at all involved in the transaction on their end. Also, Terry abstained from voting on this issue at the school board meeting in which the other school board members voted on it.

Check out the levy website for the facts and vote yes!
http://perkinslevy.org/

fifteenthgreen

Can you see though where one might raise an eyebrow? The loan shouldn't have been taken out in the first place. Especially without voter approval and the immediate need to provide a safe environment at the high school. Remove the asbestos now!.

Bherrle

15th,

I think everyone would do themselves and the community a lot more good by finding out all the facts before raising an eyebrow.

As hot button an issue as business ethics has become for publicly funded entities, and how closely it is watched, I think it is very unfair to assume impropriety based on just the fact that Terry works for Citizens, and Citizens loaned Perkins money.

With regards to Voter Approval, the voters do not get to vote on every business transaction that the district undertakes. As an example, voters don't get to vote on staff contracts, utility supplier choices, the hiring and firing of personnel, curriculum choices, etc.

The Voters get to vote on two things in this state. School Board members, and school funding levies (millage). In a lot of states, you only get to vote on school board members.

fifteenthgreen

Citizens Bank is just conducting business. It remains to be seen whether Mr. Chapman followed the proper protocol due to his employment. Of greater concern is the continual beating and exposure these people bring upon themselves. Isn't it simply time for them to move on and allow a community to heal?

Cowboy

VOTING NO AGAIN! And I will continue to vote NO until the inside millage is moved back, Gunner is fired and a REASONABLE levy is put on the ballot!

Subtle

1) If for some reason something drastically changed and the board abandoned all financially prudent plans and decided to move the inside millage back and put a smaller levy on the ballot, the voters would end up having to pass a 7.2 mil levy in addition to fix the schools.

2) Since there are may be almost 10 people in all of northern Ohio qualified to do Gunner's job and since it's no secret that a cabal of old pseudo-status names in the district continuously attempt to orchestrate political controversy and backdoor deals on everything to try and regain control of a district they pilfered the coffers from for years; I don't think you'll have people lining up for the job.

3) Reasonable levy?! Really, as it stands right now the Perkins community basically makes its school district run with NO financial support from the tax payers. Even economically disadvantaged districts like Norwalk make Perkins look pathetic in the amount of support for our schools.

fifteenthgreen

Norwalk has a school district tax, City Income Tax and more manufacturing jobs than Perkins though pathetic manufacturing. People need to start looking around. We have no high paying jobs for residents living in Perkins Township. Not like the days of old. Plus, many no voters send their kids to St. Marys and live in Perkins.

Subtle

Perkins is where people live not where the majority of it's home owners work. There really aren't many homeowners in Perkins pulling retail wages as the very cheapest houses you can buy in the township are around 90k.

The majority of people I know in Perkins are blue collar union workers, or white collar employees for companies in all of the surrounding areas as well as Elyria, Amherst, Sheffield etc.

Perkins also has a large number of small business owners who are well supported by the community. Historically, Perkins is where you move to once you are financially stable enough to move out of Sandusky proper.

It's a tourist strip... the mall, all the restaurants are all entry level starter jobs for kids fresh out of school; not the center of industry for the community.

Like Avon, Avon Lake, Medina, Sheffield, Westlake... there are places where you live when you can afford to that are adjacent to areas that hold the factories where you work (because you don't live near factories if you can afford not to). Perkins is one of those areas.

Perkins is SUPPOSED to be more expensive to live in, otherwise, it'd just be another Sandusky, Norwalk, or Fremont.

Oh, and would you rather be paying Perkins tax rate and sending your kids to St. Mary's or paying roughly double that with Sandusky's rate?

fifteenthgreen

You're right, Subtle??? I guess we've never had any high paying union jobs in Perkins Township and no residents of Perkins Township work in retail or restaurants. You're right....everyone travels to Elyria, Amherst and Sheffield to work at who knows where because those areas are in worse shape than we are due to the loss of Ford. That "large" number of small business owners thriving in Perkins are the ones making it happen. What???

Yep, Perkins is the promise land. Look over the horizon. The dirt is like gold! Honey, we're finally financially stable in our lives so let's move to Perkins. We've made it somewhere else so now it's time to move to where the water tastes like chocolate and a bee sting feels good. They have a mall and restaurants and a Bed, Bath and Beyond and so much more. You won't believe it and the homes are dirt cheap!

Honey, Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield, Medina and Westlake and the rest of the burbs are just places you want to live so you don't have to live next to factories. They too are like Perkins where every day smells like strawberries and peaches and is the place of our dreams. You should see the white sand beaches and palm trees, as well. huh?

Perkins is supposed to be High Society, honey. Expensive??? That's right. They have a Sam's Club. They have.....uh.....they have a mall. Oh, I said that. Hey, they have a Ryan's and a Verizon store. Puke!

Unbelievable, Subtle. Perkins is an extension of Sandusky and don't forget it. You write or type it every time you enclose your address. We are a small township. We rely on Sandusky. As Sandusky dies..so do we. A township cannot support itself without a strong, supporting infrastructure full of good jobs nearby or next to it. Impossible! If it wasn't for the hospital and medicine in Sandusky, it would be worse. Next to doctors and few lawyers, teachers are the highest paid residents working in the township!!! Are you serious, Subtle? Those used to be second incomes to the workers at New Departure, Ford, etc...

We are not Sandusky Schools yet. I don't care what their taxes are. People living in Perkins that send their kids to SMCC will obviously never vote for a levy. Never have and never will and with this current administration, I don't blame them. Of course they're going to live in Perkins. Not only for the cheap taxes, but for the sidewalks of gold and fields filled with unicorns.

Subtle

haha that was pretty good... I wasn't claiming utopia, it is however days that aren't filled with wall to wall run down houses and abandoned storefronts and nights that aren't filled with gunshots and robberies.

Both auto factories are still there, not sure what they are named today, and they'll probably be named something different next week. Don't forget Whirlpool as you mentioned earlier, because if you have two nickles to rub together you don't live in Norwalk. I personally know a lot of people who live in Perkins that work at Glidden. Lear, Cedar Point (engineers etc.) City workers, County workers... I'm sure I could go on.

What I don't have to worry about is locking my front door in Perkins, or letting my daughter walk to the neighbor's house, or having an alarm on my car. I don't have to teach my children to hit the floor when they hear people arguing or tires squealing, and I don't need a CCW to go jogging at night.

I can leave my car running and run into the convenience store. I can forget my wallet at the gas station or carry out and just be asked to run the money up later. My children and all the children in almost every neighborhood in Perkins leave their bikes, skateboards, and scooters laying out in the front yard all summer long; and there is a basketball court in the township park near my house that has a basketball that just sits there for people to use, it's nice, new and has been sitting there over two years without being stolen or popped...

But yeah you're right, it's no different than Sandusky proper, Norwalk, or Fremont >.<

BTW, Teaching jobs are not the highest paying or even close...http://perkinslevy.org/content/t... 36k a year for someone with a college education is actually quite low considering they put in the time to advance their education, probably have 90k in student loans to repay, and actively engaged in improving their lives.

I'm not saying a factory worker shouldn't be able to make a living, but they should make less than a college educated professional who has a marketable skill, and I'm pretty sure those Ford jobs you were mentioning before were worth well over 36k a year even back in the day...for unskilled labor.

fifteenthgreen

Hey - Read the attached pdf. files in this Register article regarding teacher salaries. 36k?

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

Both auto factories aren't nearly what they used to be. Thousands of workers used to file into those parking lots 24 hours a day. Union jobs that paid great wages and much better wages than today. Those people built Stonewood, Stoney Ridge, many homes on Bogart Road, etc... My point is, this has to be the problem. How can it not be.

There is also a great list of lost jobs and lost manufacturers in an article that Melissa from SR ran a few months ago. More could be added to it now. I'll try to find it. It's sad!

Rosa

REALLY??!! Last time I looked on my real estate taxes, the majority of MY money went to the school!! I have said it before and I will say it again, they need to budget just like every other individual does. I would love a new home, but I just repair what I have.... And as far as "support our students", I would say it is support all those who are employed by the schools. Maybe they should donate part of their salary or pay more for insurance, and so forth...

Cowboy

WE WILL CONTINUE TO VOTE NO until the inside millage is moved back, Gunner is fired and a REASONABLE levy is put on the ballot!

Strong Schools ...

This levy is more than reasonable. When this levy passes we will still have the lowest tax rate in Erie county. Check out the facts and learn something. It will cost the taxpayers more to move the inside millage back. The "NO" people want us to pay more in taxes and the school board/Gunner are trying to help us. Vote yes!
http://perkinslevy.org/

Nemesis

Bherrie, by state law, school districts are required to balance their budgets, and any borrowing must be a bond issue approved by the voters, so yes, voters DO get to vote on a district's assumption of debt. This loan would appear to be a violation of that.

middleclassworker

Bherrle

Since you attacked me in the last blog, I thought we could talk again. For starters I see I'm not the only person questioning the relationship with Chapman, BOE, and Citizens. So I'm glad to see this question brought up by others.

So I have some questions for you, since you seem to have all the answers.

1) what is the few million dollar loan being used for?
2) how much has been spent?
3) does it represent the majority of the Perkin's voter's ?
4) why can't we place a smaller shorter levy on the ballot to pay JUST the loan off.
5) can any of the money from the loan be returned to the school?
6) why did WE have to move money and borrow some?

Subtle

I'm not as well versed as bherrle, but from what I understand from reading http://www.perkinslevy.org and talking to numerous people in the district, was that the loan was to examine the cost of building new vs repairing the existing buildings.

If they hadn't taken out the loan to explore the cost of building new and had just allocated money to patch up the existing problems, you can bet someone would have been on here a year or two from now complaining about 'all the dollars dumped into patching up the old buildings when we could have built new ones for less money'.

I'm sure Bherrle can give a more definitive answer, but I know personally, if I know I am going to have to dump 2k a year into a vehicle over the next three years and pay double the fuel cost to keep a 1990 Ford Windstar running, I'd be better off buying a new vehicle regardless of how in debt I have to go to get it. The new vehicle will be safer, cheaper on fuel and last at least 10 years for what the Windstar would have cost me for 5.

fifteenthgreen
Bherrle

I will answer you tomorrow morning Middle Class. Family issues to tend too tonight.

Strong Schools ...

You can find out all of these answers on the levy website. Vote yes and vote for the students! They are the ones being punished for this community's lack of knowledge.
http://perkinslevy.org/

VOTENO

Vote NO in NOvember!

Bherrle

Please visit www.perkinslevy.org for "Video Truths" and other factual information about the need for this levy.

Please Vote Yes for Perkins Schools on November 5th!

VOTENO

Levy will go down even bigger than the last two times!

fifteenthgreen

In the asbestos video posted on the site, it says it would only cost 2.5 million dollars to fix but yet it also shows children's fingerprints in ceiling and wall tiles and floor tiles that could break and expose this lethal toxin. Why hasn't the district made this their first priority to remove this from our schools? A loan should have been taken out for 2.5 million to have this taken care of. Why are our children being exposed to asbestos? We replaced the bleachers when we suddenly became concerned for everyone's safety. Why is asbestos less of a crisis than a sports facility?

Note the scary Halloween music.

http://www.perkinslevy.org/conte...

themomx6

" The Voters get to vote on two things in this state. School Board members, and school funding levies (millage)."

^^^ And we've voted NO TWICE already!

I love that video! "Asbestos is a $2.5 million problem" Why then didn't you take out a $2.5 million loan and fix it, instead of taking out a $3.5 million loan for new school plans? You could have fixed the problem, and SAVED $1 million!!

fifteenthgreen

The board and supt. rather risk the health of the students, teachers and community by kicking the can down the road hoping for an eventual levy passage? Someone show some real leadership and say we are going to immediately fix this hazard even if our intentions are to build in the future. Saying it is acceptable to be around that nightmare until we tear the school down is blatantly irresponsible. We took that crap off of the pool ceiling. Why are you waiting? Children's health should be our first priority! Not a 3.5 mil loan for designs, a 1.7 mil stadium donations or free laptops. Get that crap out of the buildings!

Strong Schools ...

It will cost more to renovate the school than it would be to build new. The board is thinking long term and being financially responsible. Vote yes on November 5 if you are concerned for the health and safety of our students! Actions speak louder than words!
http://perkinslevy.org/

Cowboy

WE WILL CONTINUE TO VOTE NO until the inside millage is moved back, Gunner is fired and a REASONABLE levy is put on the ballot!

goodtime1212

I have asked several times to no answer, where are the bids to fix the "unsafe school"? Who's words are the BOE going on that the school is unsafe? I have heard some say it would cost to much to repair, how do they know this? Most of us that own homes on here would never just move or tare down our homes because of one or two persons opinion, we would get estimates on how much it would cost to repair and then decide. 60% of the schools problems are in 10% of the school. No trust still a NO.

fifteenthgreen

If it costs 2.5 million or 10 million to fix, get the proper estimates now and remove that junk. I have no idea why they have not acted on this crisis sooner! They jumped at fixing the stadium because the insurance company allegedly would no longer insure the bleachers and any future claims. So let's just sit on our hands and send our students and teachers to an asbestos filled school that could be repaired for 2.5 million dollars. Fix it! That $140,000 annual legal bill could soon be growing!

Someone take out the 2.5 million to fix this issue and you'll show that you have a pair!

Strong Schools ...

Check out the levy website for your answers. You will find it in the FAQ section. Vote yes in November!
http://perkinslevy.org/

Azure Ray

If schools were funded fairly from the state, the issue of a levy would be nonexistent. It's easy to point fingers at those directly in front of us, but the real problem is the government. This shouldn't be a taxpayers issue.

fifteenthgreen

Agree, Azure Ray, but until changes are made at the state level, sadly it is our problem.

Strong Schools ...

Agree, but it is a taxpayer issue and we have not passed a levy since 2000. It is time to vote yes and support the students!
http://perkinslevy.org/

Cowboy

Vote NO until the Kool-Aid is all dried up!

VOTENO

Anyone want to predict how bad percentage wise the levy goes down this time? I say at least 60% NO this time, if not more.

Bherrle

I'm much more interested in hearing & working towards solutions than making predictions.

VOTENO

Levy is going down. I can't wait to see by how much! Voting night will be fun when the results come in. I hope the Register cameras are at Chet and Matt's or wherever Gunner and his minions will be having their losing party.

Strong Schools ...

Support the Students on November 5!
http://perkinslevy.org/

fifteenthgreen

The sales and Use Tax rate will change from 6.75% to 7.25%, effective October 1, 2013 for Erie County.

Add this to the list!

fifteenthgreen

This says it all. It's how I feel about our school district and community, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.p...

Wald

Gunner is a finalist for the superintendent in Findlay. First he divides Bryan, Ohio, then Perkins, and now he is trying to jump ship again. Nice leader, huh, supporters?

Perkins2060

Is this true? This is great news! Where did you hear this?

fifteenthgreen

WLEC

Centauri

http://www.thecourier.com/Issues...
School chief applicants list degrees, experience

Perkins2060

So if Gunner wants to leave Perkins, why won't he just resign?

fifteenthgreen

Fist he applied at Oregon schools after he accepted this job. Now Findlay. His heart has never been in Perkins thus the non move to the district. If he doesn't get this Findlay position, he must resign immediately! I wonder if the yes voters were aware of this?

PyrkinsPyrate

Exactly. This job is a stepping stone for him, to pad his resume. The kids got laptops out of the money that was set aside for buildings because it was part of Gunner's disser for his Phd. He cares nothing about our community. He will be happy to saddle us with huge debts so he can tell the places he applies to that he was the force behind a 50 million dollar stem school construction. I bet he lies to all those other schools and tells them he will move there too.

Erie Countian

I also heard about Gunner being in the running at Findlay on WLEC news early this morning and commented on this in the "Open letter from Gunner" comment section (which has since been taken off the "Top Comments" list for some unknown reason). Don't know why there hasn't been a peep about this story on the Register online. They've had all day!

Strong Schools ...

He is a great leader and it will be our loss! Vote yes in November!
http://perkinslevy.org/

fifteenthgreen

The Courier, Findlay, OH:

School chief applicants list degrees, experience

James Gunner of Oregon, Ohio, has served as the superintendent of Perkins Local School District in Sandusky since 2008. He was superintendent of Bryan City Schools from 2001 to 2008. He also has experience as a principal, district coordinator of technology, and a teacher at various districts across Ohio.

During his time at Perkins, Gunner said the district went from a "continuous improvement" ranking to "excellent" in two years. The district received a "B" grade for performance index on the state's new report card.

The district was also awarded a $500,000 grant to convert Perkins High School and Briar Middle School to S.T.E.M. schools, through a partnership with NASA, Apple Inc., and the University of Findlay, among others.

Gunner has a doctorate of education in leadership studies from Bowling Green State University. He has a master's degree in curriculum and educational technology from the University of Toledo, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Kenyon College.

Cowboy

Don't let the door hit you in the @&& Gunnie!

fifteenthgreen

Wow! This is something to hang your hat on, Gunner. What ever happened to Excellent with Distinction? If he can say in two years he took Perkins from a district with a grade of continuous improvement to excellent, by his own admission he is accepting responsibility for the declining grades to an "effective" rating the past two years:

District (with additional years)

03-04 Effective (Buccieri)
04-05 Effective
05-06 Continuous Improvement
06-07 Continuous Improvement
07-08 Effective (Rechtenwald/Gunner)
08-09 Effective
09-10 Excellent
10-11 Effective
11-12 Effective

Remember what he said though. Why would he want to live in a district where the schools will have to be dismantled! Keep riding this mans personal agenda, YES voters. Now you might start to see what we've been telling you all along.

bobshumway92

Please don't tell Findlay. I hope they hire him so we can move on.

fifteenthgreen

They won't, Bob. But tell me how he can possibly even think about coming back here? Pass or Fail.

bobshumway92

I would be willing to make a donation to Findlay schools, double what the taxes would have cost me on the levy that will fail next week, if they would hire him. Anyone else? They can use it towards his salary or a sign on bonus or something. Please hire him.

fifteenthgreen

Even though our board is just as incompetent, I think it would be political suicide to not ask for his resignation. He clearly has spoken as to his posture in this matter by applying elsewhere. He is a job jumper! This community needs strength and resilience at this time. He offers neither. Actually, non of them offer it. Actually, I'm starting to question our teachers more and more for following him and not speaking out. We'll see if the rats start to run!

bobshumway92

This couldn't have happened at a better time. I hope the Sandusky Register picks this story up and runs something prior to voting day. This is actually kind of funny. You can't make this stuff up.

fifteenthgreen

I think it's by design. All I know is it's been awful quiet on here!

eriemom

From second hand information I have learned that teachers who do not agree end up unemployed. That is a fact for any school district. Even if a teacher approaches an administrator with negative information it is the messenger who is shot. Keep that in mind when you think about the direction that the school district is headed. Even when problems are known and shared up the chain of command it is always the bottom link that gets thrown under the bus.

Have you ever read a teacher's evaluation? I have. Even when outright lies are written, and therefore a part of public records, a teachers has no power to have it removed or changed.

bobshumway92

Fifteenth I agree with you. No way he can show his face around here after this. We couldn't trust him before to do the job and now this? What's next?

fifteenthgreen

For the first time in a long time, Bob...I feel as though there is hope!

bobshumway92

I'm still waiting for the Register to post an update to this article about Chapman's paperwork.

fifteenthgreen

Right. Two crucial elements leading up to this election for the Perkins community. I'm sure they're working on both. Alissa with the SR has done a good job of keeping the community informed.

goodtime1212

I wouldn't think they would before the vote. Just like it wasn't front page news that the Sandusky Register's Managing Editor was pulled over for driving under suspension.

Strong Schools ...

Vote yes in November and check out the facts on the levy website!
http://perkinslevy.org/

Big Poppy

I'll call Findlay and say he's a real good guy and they'll appreciate his hard work if that'll help

Big Poppy

Ed Kurt from Margaretta also applied!

Big Poppy

You may have to copy and paste it!! http://www.thecourier.com/Issues...

goodtime1212

Ware are all the ones that tell us we should vote yes because Mr. Gunner cares so much for our students and the community, he knows what best.......? Lies, just one more thing not to trust them and vote NO.

Hawkeye

Crickets.......

Darkhorse

Gunner cares so much for Perkins Schools but yet he is out looking around for another job.

Strong Schools ...

Gunner cares deeply for our students and schools. He has put up with a lot from this community and it will be our loss if he goes. He gets job offers all the time and he has still stayed with us. The "NO" people say they want him gone and now they are complaining that he might leave. You people want to complain over anything and everything. You don't want to be the solution but you always want to be the problem.
The Perkins community needs to stand up and be apart of the solution. Vote yes in November!
http://perkinslevy.org/

bobshumway92

Maybe Gunner can take the highly paid athletic director with him when he goes.

goodtime1212

we can only hope BOB, over $100,000.00 for high school athletic director is just nuts. Perkins cops and firefighters don't even make half that much.

mikesee

The school is in such bad shape with asbestos problems and yet the school board opts to put their money in a new football stadium! Shows where their priorities are.

Strong Schools ...

Check out the facts on why we needed a safer sports facility. Vote yes on November!
http://perkinslevy.org/

fifteenthgreen

Priorities, Perkins BOE!

Asbestos issues in the high school at a minimum should have already been repaired. Why is the board blatantly ignoring asbestos in the tiles and ceilings subjecting our teachers and students to that daily hazard? 2.5 million dollars to remove it and it is still there. Why is the asbestos still in the buildings? This isn't about numbers. This is about what our children are touching and breathing. Why donate 1.7 million to a stadium when 2.5 million would fix this issue?

Asbestosis, an inflammatory condition of lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and eventually scarring of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe.

Mesothelioma, a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, chest cavity, or abdomen.

Lung cancer.

Other lung problems, including pleural plaques (changes in the membranes surrounding the lungs), thickening of the membranes that surround the lungs, and pleural effusions (abnormal collections of fluid between the lungs and the inside wall of the chest.

Studies have also suggested an association between asbestos exposure and other cancers, including cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, throat, kidney, brain, bladder, voice box, gallbladder, and others.

Was a sports stadium more important? Was a 3 million dollar loan more important? Are laptops more important? Keep kicking the can down the road, Perkins until you get your levy passed! In the meantime, our children and teachers are potentially exposed to Asbestos! Fix it now!

You posted this on your levy site. Why haven't the asbestos materials been removed? http://www.perkinslevy.org/conte...

bobshumway92

Still waiting on the paperwork.

bobshumway92

I wonder if Perkins will provide the paperwork prior to voting day? If they had it you think they would want to provide it right away.

Strong Schools ...

Vote yes in November! Check out the facts and vote informed.
http://perkinslevy.org/

fifteenthgreen

Thanks for joining the discussion, Strong Schools. I see your only job is to keep posting the pro levy website over and over. We get it. Couldn't they find another job for you to do?

bobshumway92

VOTING NO!

Equity

Andy, knowing Lisa, I'm sure you received an answer. What's taking you so long to post it?

draw1999

vote him out no more conflic

fifteenthgreen

Asbestos or $260,000 annually for laptops..........laptops!

Asbestos or 1.7 million stadium donation...........stadium!

Asbestos or 3.5 million design loan.....................loan!

Asbestos or move the millage for what you want.....move it!

What are your priorities, BOE? I don't believe you want to fix it. You want to use it for your campaigns!!!

Levy campaign asbestos video - http://perkinslevy.org/content/f...