Friday, February 19, 2016

Per Pupil Expenditure

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In the FY17 budget presentation to the School Committee and Member Town officials, a powerful statistic that I shared concerns the Per Pupil Expenditure from school districts that border WRSD.  In the past, some have questioned how the WRSD per pupil expenditure of $11,131 actually compares with districts that surround our five towns.  The reality is that all of the towns or school districts that border Wachusett spend far more than we do on a per pupil basis. Of the bordering towns, the next lowest school district in per pupil spending is Clinton at $12,082.  The difference of almost $1,000 may not seem like much, but when multiplied by the thousands of students attending the WRSD, the overall difference would mean millions of dollars more for the Wachusett budget.  Districts such as Leicester, Spencer-East Brookfield, Ashburnham-Westminster, Quabbin, Nashoba, Worcester, Berlin-Boylston and West Boylston all spend significantly more per pupil than Wachusett.