Tonawanda News — Business First released its administrative efficiency rankings of the region’s school districts, and North Tonawanda lead the local pack at eighth place.
North Tonawanda, which outranked 98.4 percent of the other districts, was the only local district to receive a five-star designation from Business First. Forty-three districts, or 10 percent of the 429 ranked school systems, received five stars. The rankings are based on an analysis of district spending, staffing levels and debt service.
Lancaster won first place. Ken-Ton came in 73rd, and the Tonawanda City School District came in 90th.
Earlier this week, the publication released rankings for student access, or the ability for children to interact with teachers, aides, counselors and other educators.
Hunter-Tannersville came in first, and no local districts placed in the top 10 percent. The City of Tonawanda came in 175th, North Tonawanda came in 309th and Ken-Ton came in 372nd.
Teacher pay rankings, which are based on an analysis of salary levels at five points in teachers’ careers, were also released this week. Both Ken-Ton and North Tonawanda won five-star designations for placing in the top 10 percent.
Ken-Ton was ranked at 10th place, beating out 97.9 percent of the region’s school districts, and North Tonawanda came in at 19th place, beating out 95.8 percent of the ranked districts. The Tonawanda City School District was ranked at 274th.
Remsen was the top-rated district for teacher pay.