Tonawanda News

October 30, 2013

Schools spend less than state average

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The three school districts representing the Tonawandas all spend less than the statewide average of $20,906 per pupil, a marker 78 upstate New York school’s reached, according to a release by Business First. 

The North Tonawanda School District spent $16,430 per student in 2012, a 25.49 percent increase from 2007, when its costs were $13,093 per student. 

Tonawanda City schools spend an average of $16,527 for each of its schools during the same timeframe, up 19.67 percent from the $13,810 spent in 2007. 

The Ken-Ton School District, the highest of the three districts, rose to $18,100 in 2012, up from $14,076 per student in 2007 and equaling out to a 28.59 percent increase over five years. 

Business First looked at patterns at 453 school districts in the 48 counties outside of New York City, with North Tonawanda ranked 73rd, Tonawanda at 79th and Ken-Ton 188th. 

Lancaster had the state’s lowest spending rate of $13,247 per student, according to data obtained from the state Department of Education. Twenty western New York schools’ spend more than the statewide average including five in the Southern Tier. 

The Hamilton County district of Long Lakes spent $54,109 in 2012, the most in upstate, while Glens Falls Common Council spent the least at $12,158 for each pupil.