LIMA – Most public school districts in the region spent well below the state average on student education in 2020-21, keeping spending under control, according to an analysis of county data from Lima News.
Of the 24 school districts in Allen, Augleis and Putnam counties, 19 spend less than the state average of $ 13,387. In fact, the average for the three counties was $ 12,187 per student tuition.
The range was from a low of $ 10,121 in Blafton School District to $ 16,113 in Lima County, according to a review of data from the Ohio Department of Education’s profile report for fiscal year 2021.
The study was part of The Lima News ’29th Annual Public Salary Survey.
Efforts of Lima schools
While Lima schools paid more for children’s education last school year, statistics also show that the county is harder to reach students.
The percentage of students classified as disadvantaged is 99.98%, the second largest in the region. The percentage of students with disabilities last school year was 21.68 percent, the highest in the region.
While the county of Lima spends more per pupil than other areas of the region, most of these costs are actually spent on a child’s education – $ 8,997. Administrative costs per student are only $ 1,665, which is below the state average of $ 1,764.
The district also employs some of the most experienced educators in the area. Lima is the fourth largest percentage of teachers with 10 years or more experience in the region – 51.31%.
According to state statistics, Lima has the highest operating costs per student in the region – $ 3,178.
Lima Schools achieved a 49.7% success rate index in recent school records and had the lowest four-year and five-year graduation rates in Allen County.
Aside from Lima schools, all schools in the region with above-average averages have something in common. The Continental, New Knoxville, Pandora-Gilboa and Waynesfield-Goshen are smaller rural districts.
The second largest cost per student in the region is in the mainland schools in Putnam County, which spend $ 15,836 per student. This includes $ 9,449 in tuition costs, $ 3,140 in building costs, and $ 2,059 in administrative costs for the child.
Continental reports that 19.6% of students have a disability and 33.41% of students are considered disadvantaged.
Continental had a 79.5% performance index in school records, along with 96.8% four-year graduation and 97.8% five-year.
Waynesfield-Goshen schools in Augleis County ranked third in the cost of student tuition at $ 15,445. This includes $ 8,239 for training costs, $ 2,906 for building maintenance and $ 1,959 for administrative costs.
The three lowest cost figures per student were obtained by Blufton ($ 10,121), Allen East ($ 10,122) and Wapakonet ($ 10,407).
Blufton took advantage of the second lowest level of administrative costs per student – $ 1,158 per year, which is more than $ 600 below the state average. He also has the lowest average teacher salary – $ 53,122, and 22.54% of teachers with zero to four years of experience help reduce the range.
Allen East had a relatively low running cost of $ 1,827 per student, which helped reduce costs.
Wapakoneta also had lower than average administrative costs per student ($ 1,167) and operating costs per student ($ 1985).
Compensation to teachers
In all but one local school district, the average teacher’s salary is below the state average of $ 67,654.
Mystery Schools in Augleise County are the only ones above, at $ 68,740 a year. The Minister can boast that 72.13% of teachers have at least 10 years of experience, another 16.39% – from 4 to 10 years.
Shawnee County in Allen County ranked second in the region with an average of $ 67,414, slightly below the state average. It has 72.22% of teachers with 10 years of experience and 17.36% of teachers with experience from 4 to 10 years.
Jennings schools in Putnam County had the second lowest teacher salary in the region after Blufton at $ 54,588. Jennings also has a younger teaching staff: 9.3% with zero to four years of experience and 25.58% with 4 to 10 years of experience.
Waynesfield-Goshen has the highest average administrative salary in the region – $ 90,917. By comparison, the state average for administrators was $ 86,983. Partly because there are only four administrators in the district, serving an average of 105.57 students. Last year, Superintendent J. Chris Pfister earned $ 109,849, making it the 27th highest salary at the school in the region.
New Bremen was the second largest average administrative salary in the region at $ 90,607. The district has five administrators who serve an average of 143.66 students. The two earned more than $ 100,000 last year. Superintendent Jason Schreider earned $ 111,631, and kindergarten through sixth-grade principal Diane Kramer earned $ 101,107.
Spencerville had the lowest average administrative salary in the region at $ 51,727. The larger county claims it employs 14 administrators, serving an average of 61.41 students, although it has four administrators earning more than $ 100,000 a year last year.
Delphos schools had the second lowest average administrative salary in the district – $ 55,167 for nine administrators who served an average of 105.12 students. Superintendent Douglas Westrick earned $ 97,282, making him the second lowest paid superintendent in the region.
Ohio House Speaker Bob Cap, R-Lima, meets with Lima School Principal Jill Ackerman and Western High School students in September to discuss an interactive after-school program. Lima schools have the highest costs per pupil in the region, but they also provide education to the largest number of people with disabilities and rank second in the region.