Tonawanda News — Ken-Ton was ranked as the third-highest paying district for its educators out of 98 area school districts, a release from Business First issued Wednesday states.
North Tonawanda ranked 12th, while the City of Tonawanda district ranked 63rd. In last year’s rankings, Ken-Ton ranked fifth, NT ranked eighth and Tonawanda came in at 64th.
The rankings are based on data collected on educators at five selected points in their career and from data compiled by the New York State Education Department in 2012. The region includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Ken-Ton’s peak salary was recorded at $90,477, its median at $74,800 and the starting salary at $51,618. North Tonawanda’s peak was recorded at $90,760, its median at $67,000 and its starting salary $43,017.
The City of Tonawanda’s peak salary was listed at $78,162, its median at $55,902 and its starting salary was recorded at $39,433.
Sweet Home ranked first in teacher pay, followed by Lackawanna.
In Business First’s rankings of high school sports programs, Tonawanda High topped Tonawanda-area schools. The Warriors placed 23rd out of the 78 schools in the eight-county region that won at least one Section V or Section VI title during the past four years.
Business First used a four-point system to analyze each school’s overall athletic performance over the four-year period. The most recent champions, who won in 2013 and 2014, were awarded four points. The most distant champions were awarded one point. Sectional championships in all the size classifications were counted equally, and ties were broken by the total number of sectional championships.
Kenmore East placed 68th, while North Tonawanda placed 78th. Clarence was ranked first.