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Which Districts Spend the Most Per Pupil in Central Mass?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 

School budgets and funding have been hot topics in the Worcester area of late, and GoLocal broke down which districts spend the most per-pupil in Central Mass.

The results, based on fiscal year 2011 data from the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, add up all of a district's operating expenditures and divide by the average pupil membership. The only expenditures excluded from the measure are capital costs. Average pupil membership includes students in-district, as well as out-of-district placements in special education schools, charter schools and other school districts.

As the data below shows, the size of a district's pupil membership does not necessarily correlate with higher or lower per-pupil spending. Several regional and vocational/technical districts were among the highest in per-pupil expenditures in the region as well.

In 2011, the statewide average for per-pupil spending in Massachusetts was $13,361.

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#15 Millbury

 

Millbury Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 1,868.7
Total Expenditures: $24,110,323
Expenditures Per Pupil: $12,902
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#14 Athol-Royalston

 

Athol-Royalston Regional School District
 
District Type: Regional Academic
Avg. Pupil Membership: 1,992.5
Total Expenditures: $25,948,378
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,023
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#13 Worcester

 

Worcester Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 27,296.7
Total Expenditures: $358,035,958
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,116
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#12 Southbridge

 

Southbridge Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 2,409.6
Total Expenditures: $31,842,409
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,215
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#11 Petersham

 

Petersham Center School
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 119.2
Total Expenditures: $1,592,834
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,363
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#10 Harvard

 

Harvard Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 1,317.3
Total Expenditures: $17,751,506
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,476
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#9 Southborough

 

Southborough Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 1,544.7
Total Expenditures: $21,364,611
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,831
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#8 Northboro-Southboro

 

Public Schools of Nortborough and Southborough
 
District Type: Regional Academic
Avg. Pupil Membership: 1,437.5
Total Expenditures: $19,930,966
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,865
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#7 Marlborough

 

Marlborough Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 5,022.1
Total Expenditures: $70,055,416
Expenditures Per Pupil: $13,949
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#6 Westborough

 

Westborough Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School 
Avg. Pupil Membership: 3,572.1
Total Expenditures: $50,034,695
Expenditures Per Pupil: $14,007
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#5 Nashoba Valley

 

Nashoba Valley Technical School District
 
District Type: Regional Vocational Technical
Avg. Pupil Membership: 693.1
Total Expenditures: $10,518,767
Expenditures Per Pupil: $15,176
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#4 Berlin-Boylston

 

Berlin-Boylston Regional School District
 
District Type: Regional Academic
Avg. Pupil Membership: 500
Total Expenditures: $7,620,235
Expenditures Per Pupil: $15,240
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#3 Berlin

 

Berlin Public Schools
 
District Type: Local School
Avg. Pupil Membership: 223
Total Expenditures: $3,641,819
Expenditures Per Pupil: $16,331
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#2 B-stone Valley Vo-Tech

 

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational School District
 
District Type: Regional Vocational Technical
Avg. Pupil Membership: 1,149.1
Total Expenditures: $19,173,468
Expenditures Per Pupil: $16,686
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#1 S. Worcester Vo-Tech

 

Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District
 
District Type: Regional Vocational Technical
Avg. Pupil Membership: 1,092.7
Total Expenditures: $18,508,201
Expenditures Per Pupil: $16,938
 
 

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