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

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.

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