Why should Perry taxpayers fund a new school for open enrollment students? That's the real question we need to ask. School districts build new schools when their community is growing, not shrinking.
In the Nov. 19, 2012, issue of The Lima News, it was stated that according to reports, Perry school had the largest percentage of open enrolled pupils in the state during the 2010-11 school year. Of the 882 students in Perry that year, 395 of them, or 45 percent, were open enrolled. Also, in that same article, Omer Schroeder, Perry's superintendent, was quoted as saying, “At one time we had 900 regular students. Our district has become smaller and smaller and it is no secret that open enrollment is our lifeblood.”
Why build a new school?
Perry's own administration is admitting to less Perry taxpaying students in the school system than in the past, in fact it's almost half. Mr. Schroeder stated that at one time we had 900 (regular) taxpaying students and now only 487 pupils are living in the Perry school district paying taxes. If this school building was large enough to educate 900 then it should be more than adequate to educate 487 pupils. We, as taxpayers, need to do the math. Are we prepared to pay higher taxes for the next 35 years to build a new school for more and more open enrolled students?
I think the administration has it backwards. We need to see our community grow substantially and only then, we build a new school building primarily for the children of the taxpayers in Perry school district.
— Michael Cummins, Lima