Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda led all Tonawanda-area schools in both administrative efficiency and spending per student, according to Business First’s annual rankings, which were released on Tuesday.
North Tonawanda spent $16,430 per student, 21.41 percent below the New York’s average of $20,906 per student, the release stated, ranking 20th in Western New York. The Tonawanda City School District ranked 23rd in the region, with a rate of $16,527 per student, while the Ken-Ton School District spent $18,100 per student.
North Tonawanda Board of Education President Kevin LoCicero said the district ranking was an indication of the the board’s recent efforts to reign in costs, in lieu of cuts to state aid and slumping enrollment.
”A few years ago we knew there’d be problems coming with cuts to state aid and we fared the storm pretty well,” LoCicero said. “I have to commend not just the administration but the board.”
He also credited district Superintendent Greg Woytila improve administrative efficiency — judges as the ratio of administrators to students.
North Tonawanda placed 10th among the region’s 98 school district’s in administrative efficiency and first in Niagara County, the release stated, with Ken-Ton following in 22nd place and the Tonawanda City School District in 29th. Those figures were based off of the ratio of pupils to administrators. North Tonawanda had a ratio of 237.8 students per each administrator.
The Lancaster School District spent the least on its students among Western New York schools, at a rate of $13,247 per student, which was the third lowest in the state and the fifth-best rate of pupils to administrators. The overall spending tally was taken from all of the state’s 676 districts.
The efficiency ratings cover all 98 districts in Western New York, a region that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.237.8 The number of students for every one administrator in NT schools.