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June 7, 2014

Report finds student-teacher ratios problematic

Tonawanda News — Local districts did not fare well in Business First’s ranking of schools’ student access ratings, which measure the ease with which pupils can make contact with teachers and other educators, decided largely by student-to-teacher ratios.

The Tonawanda City School district was ranked 50th out of 98 area districts, North Tonawanda came in at 79th and Ken-Ton was ranked 89th. Tonawanda has 11.4 pupils per teacher, NT has 12.9 and Ken-Ton has 11.9 pupils per teacher. 

Last year, Tonawanda was ranked 38th, NT was ranked 70th and Ken-Ton came in at 85th. 

To compile the rankings, Business First analyzed each district’s ratios of pupils per teacher, pupils per student service provider and pupils per teacher’s aide. The smaller the ratio, the better the score.

Business First rated student access in all 98 districts in Western New York, a region that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Canaseraga came in first, and has just 8.5 students for every teacher.

Business First also released its 100 members of the 2014 All-Western New York Academic Team, made up of the area’s most successful high school seniors. High schools were asked to nominate students, and Business First received 419 submissions from 122 schools. An eight-member committee of editors and college admissions directors then chose the 100 award winners.

The winners are broken into three categories. The First Team is made up of 25 students with the strongest academic records, leadership and community service. Two locals were named to that list: Kendall Bazinet, who attends Kenmore West, and Wei Wang, a student at Kenmore East.

Bazinet plans to attend Williams College and study chemistry, while Wang will go to Cornell to study biology. Both Bazinet and Wang are their schools’ valedictorians. 

The 25 runners-up are on the Second Team. Nick Courtney, who attends St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Alison McGloin, who attends Mount St. Mary Academy, won spots on the second team.

The subsequent 50 have been placed on the Special Mention list. Sarah Flessa, a student at Kenmore West, Adam Killeen, a student at St. Joe’s, Mia Sette, who attends Tonawanda High School, and Rachel Wieclaw, who attends NT High School, were honored. 

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