To the Editor: Perrysburg schools questioned on use of tax money, buildings
Written by Phil Caron   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:25
Perrysburg Schools passed one of the biggest property tax incremental levies in the history of Perrysburg schools and other schools in Ohio.
This is a levy that demands more tax money every year, than the year before, regardless of the incomes of the taxpayers in the district (should be illegal).
Keep in mind, more than 80 percent of the money goes to salaries and wages of administrators and teachers.
Recent budgets show considerable surplus money over and above future budgets even though the schools have had a recent hiring frenzy creating new expensive non-teaching positions.
It is alarming to continue to see the schools increasing fees, not allowing field trips, and most recent the Robotics team who finished second but were NOT allowed to compete in the next competition level "Best" competition.
Robotics is certainly part of "core job training" and potential of careers for those talented and interested in this area.
I find it hypocritical the Perrysburg Athletic Department has a wide open budget to take field trips all over the state like the football team, costing considerable tax dollars and likely no future football career.
Then we have the recent loan for permanent improvements by the School District for $4.7 million without voter approval or even a competitive bid (should be illegal).
They also dipped into their tax abatement fund to waste tax money to enhance their Administrative Palace and mess up the second floor with more offices, eliminating existing classrooms.
So they have just spent $4,920,000 dollars without a penny towards the space issue they whine about for the children (right!). Sylvania Schools just sold Central Elementary School for $2.2 million that may be used for clinic, financial institution, or research facility.
The Commodore is far more valuable than Central as a continuing educational facility rather than wasted as office space!  
Based upon the current direction, it appears the previous board would do like Bowling Green with Ridge School demolition and more green space - to heck with logical solutions to our space problems - MORE TRAILERS!       
Phil Caron

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