Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a restful break with friends and family. We are now back in full swing and continue to prioritize student learning as the focus of our work. I want to take the opportunity to thank The Perkins Police Department for their unwavering support as we increased security due to a reported threat. Though we took extra precautions, our students and staff were not at any time in harm’s way. I value our partnership with Perkins Township as we continue to collaborate to meet the needs of our learning community.
We continue to seek ways to reduce spending; therefore, during the second semester we are instituting additional reductions of services we offer to families that are above and beyond the school day. Our decision-making continues to be guided by our Perkins Promise – empowering students to pursue their dreams and achieve success. In keeping with that priority we will be making reductions to services that we offer at no cost to families.
One cost-saving measure is to discontinue the shuttle service starting February 1st. Currently, we provide extended care and transportations services before and after school at no cost to families. This is not a service we can continue to provide with impending budget cuts close to $1.5 million dollars.
A second cost-saving measure is that we will no longer be able to support early drop off for students at our buildings beginning February 1st. We will save money by reducing personnel costs, as students will arrive closer to the beginning of the school day. Parents will receive further information from the buildings beginning next week.
If your students are riding the shuttle and/or dropped off at the buildings early, you may request school transportation to/from home by using this form by:
To support families in the future, we are in the process of gathering information to launch an extended daycare service next fall. We will update you as plans progress regarding this program to aid parents and students.
In addition, we will significantly reduce the number of assistant coaches in athletics where high student participation is not a factor. As always, safety is a priority when making this determination and participation numbers will be considered as they have been in the past.
While it is unfortunate that we must make these cutbacks affecting transportation, early drop-off services and athletics, they are in keeping with our commitment to prioritize student learning. The Board of Education and administrative team are working diligently to find ways to lessen the financial strain the district is under while still providing a quality education for all of our students. We will continue to share information regarding cutbacks and reductions as decisions are made and communicated to those programs and individuals affected.
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