Superintendent's Update - Friday, December 16th 2016


Superintendent's Update


As the first half of our school year draws to a close, I find many things to celebrate for Perkins Local Schools – including our district earning three Ohio School Board Momentum Awards for exponential growth in Value Added and recently receiving The CollegeBoard AP Honor Roll award for increasing AP access to students while continuing to raise student scores. These achievements are a credit to our dedicated and hard-working teachers and staff as well as our students and their families.    



The significant financial challenges our district faces are also top of mind as I look ahead to the second half of the school year and beyond. In August 2016, The Ohio Department of Education designated Perkins Local Schools in Fiscal Caution status requiring the district to reduce deficit spending. In November, due to the levy failure, the Perkins leadership team began the difficult process of preparing a reduction plan. Our financial status mandates that the district reduce expenditures by more than $1 million in the coming months, and by at least $8 million over the next five years.


Making cuts of this magnitude are not decisions that anyone desires to make, but this is the reality we face. We are committed to prioritizing our resources to support teaching and learning and have therefore looked for ways to reduce costs with that focus in mind. One area of reduction – to be implemented immediately upon our return to school in January – is identified and outlined below.        


  1. Building Availability: Our school buildings are essential to many meaningful community after-school activities and programs, but to curb both personnel and utility costs, we must reduce the amount of time our school buildings will be open outside of the school day. Immediately following winter break, the following changes will be implemented.



Week Day


Furry Elementary

Closed at 5:00 p.m.

Building closed Saturday and Sunday.

Meadowlawn Intermediate

Closed at 5:00 p.m.

Building closed Saturday and Sunday.

Briar Middle School

Closed at 7:00 p.m.

Building closed Saturday and Sunday.

Perkins High School

Closed at 11:00 p.m.

Closed at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; Closed Sunday.



For some time our district has done more with less in terms of stretching dollars, as the achievements I’ve highlighted above demonstrate. However, in the months ahead, we will continue to look for additional ways to reduce costs – because we must. Our Fiscal Caution status requires a Performance Audit, which takes a deeper look into our budget and operations and will provide recommendations to the board-appointed committee if a future levy does not pass and we are transitioned to Fiscal Emergency. The audit will be published in April to inform the May forecast and will likely require us to reduce staff, programs, courses, transportation routes, and other student services. As we have done throughout the previous levy campaigns, in my presentations and newsletters, articles in the newspaper, and at public board meetings we will continue to keep you and our community informed as we move forward.  




Upcoming Dates

Winter Band Concerts

Monday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. – High School Band – PHS Auditorium

Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m. – 7th/8th Grades – PHS Auditorium


Winter Break begins Thursday, December 22

Students return from Winter Break Tuesday, January 3

Until Next week,

A Photo of Jodie HausmannJodie Hausmann's Signature

   Jodie Hausmann

Perkins Local School District
3714 Campbell St.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
(419) 625-0484

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