What Might 1% Mean in Educational Efficiency?

Pennsylvania School District Data: Will School Consolidation Save Money?

Gov. Ed Rendell has proposed consolidating 400 of the state’s 500 active school districts to cut costs. See how your district’s finances compare to districts around the state. Are smaller districts really less efficient? Delve into the data by entering your home county via the link to the right:

This article has information on Northampton County Pennsylvania. The local political leaders should be interested in ideas from Lean and Six Sigma that could help them reduce costs and make their processes more effective.

Public schools are under stress to reduce costs while imporving performance at the same time. I will keep you posted on developments of this project.

Support Services Summary

Bangor Area $ 2.6 Million
Bethlehem Area $10.1 Million
Easton Area $ 6.5 Million
Nazareth Area $ 2.9 Million
Northampton Area $ 3.9 Million
Pen Argyl $ 1.7 Million
Saucon Valley $ 2.1 Million
Wilson Area $ 1.7 Million

Toal $31.5 Million

For every 1% of Support Services that could be saved, through Consolidation or even just shared services, the tax payers could save $315,000, without cutting any teachers or their salaries.

Bethlehem Area School District

In 2007-08, there were 15,306 students enrolled, making this the 6th largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $659.26, making this district’s administrative overhead the 130th most efficient statewide.

SPENDING SUMMARY

Instruction $112,870,796.10
Support Services $52,480,557.71
Non-Instructional $669,912.95
Current Expenditures $166,021,266.80
Facilities Acquisition & Construction $887.00
Other Financing Uses $18,597,245.55
Total Expenditures $184,619,399.30

INSTRUCTIONAL SPENDING SUMMARY

Regular Education $78,604,225.08
Special Education $20,126,655.17
Vocational Education $7,703,642.93
Other Instructional Programs $2,937,125.03
Adult Education $43,074.07
Higher Education $1,972,584.52
Pre-Kindergarten $1,483,489.31
Total Instructional Spending $112,870,796.10

SUPPORT SERVICES SUMMARY

Pupil Personnel $7,829,196.53
Instructional Staff $6,264,409.85
Administration $10,090,640.33
Pupil Health $3,366,640.47
Business $2,606,511.68
Operation and Maintenance of Plant $14,984,110.11
Student Transportation $5,230,141.76
Support Central $2,010,983.26
Other Support $97,923.72
Total Support Services Spending $52,480,557.71

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SPENDING SUMMARY

Food Services $0
Student Activities $469,285.50
Community Services $200,627.45
Total Non-Instructional Spending $669,912.95

In 2007-08, there were 3,593 students enrolled, making this the 138th largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $727.52, making this district’s administrative overhead the 223rd most efficient statewide.

Related links: Average teacher salaries in Northampton County; district test scores

SPENDING SUMMARY

Instruction $23,568,199.97
Support Services $13,909,030.98
Non-Instructional $731,432.25
Current Expenditures $38,208,663.20
Facilities Acquisition & Construction $33,651.40
Other Financing Uses $4,827,616.93
Total Expenditures $43,069,931.53

INSTRUCTIONAL SPENDING SUMMARY

Regular Education $15,532,031.76
Special Education $5,660,693.67
Vocational Education $1,451,770.08
Other Instructional Programs $432,470.40
Adult Education $4,075.00
Higher Education $367,428.92
Pre-Kindergarten $119,730.14
Total Instructional Spending $23,568,199.97

SUPPORT SERVICES SUMMARY

Pupil Personnel $1,251,617.02
Instructional Staff $1,324,103.32
Administration $2,613,990.40
Pupil Health $355,089.50
Business $483,534.16
Operation and Maintenance of Plant $4,077,194.82
Student Transportation $2,848,920.51
Support Central $936,847.00
Other Support $17,734.25
Total Support Services Spending $13,909,030.98

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SPENDING SUMMARY

Food Services $0
Student Activities $634,677.79
Community Services $96,754.46
Total Non-Instructional Spending $731,432.25

Bangor Area School District
In 2007-08, there were 3,593 students enrolled, making this the 138th largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $727.52, making this district’s administrative overhead the 223rd most efficient statewide.

Easton Area School District

In 2007-08, there were 8,940 students enrolled, making this the 21st largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $727.68, making this district’s administrative overhead the 224th most efficient statewide.

Nazareth Area School District

In 2007-08, there were 4,732 students enrolled, making this the 82nd largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $621.09, making this district’s administrative overhead the 84th most efficient statewide.

Northampton Area School District

In 2007-08, there were 5,741 students enrolled, making this the 57th largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $685.14, making this district’s administrative overhead the 165th most efficient statewide.

Pen Argyl School Disrtict

In 2007-08, there were 1,924 students enrolled, making this the 292nd largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $859.46, making this district’s administrative overhead the 367th most efficient statewide.

Saucon Valley School District

In 2007-08, there were 2,444 students enrolled, making this the 230th largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $862.45, making this district’s administrative overhead the 369th most efficient statewide.

Wilson Area School District

In 2007-08, there were 2,285 students enrolled, making this the 244th largest district of 500 statewide. The per-student administrative cost was $749.83, making this district’s administrative overhead the 244th most efficient statewide.

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3 thoughts on “What Might 1% Mean in Educational Efficiency?

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  2. Thanks for your comment. I’m working on an Op-Ed article to address the issue of consolidating school districts in Pennsylvania. I have some colleagues in Indiana that are doing really great work in this area, improving public services.

    Check out the links City of Ft. Wayne or High Performance Government Network on my blog. Great stuff there.

    I am 100% certain that any government agency or school district could save 5%-10% of their administrative costs and provide better service at the same time. In any state and across the nation this are really big numbers.

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