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By the Numbers: Cost Per Pupil

Patch has compiled data on how much Hemsptead Town school districts are spending per student.

Data released by the State Education Department shows that most Long Island school districts are proposing budgets that fall within the 2 percent property tax cap.

Still the implementation of this tax cap has forced school districts to take a closer look at staff, programs and student spending.

With the average cost per pupil in Nassau County set at $25,098, Patch delves further to explore how much each school district in the Town of Hempstead is spending on its students.

This is a follow up to our recent school budget breakdowns story. That story included proposed 2012-13 budgets, tax levy increases, enrollment figures and cuts.

School District Cost Per Pupil Baldwin $22,637 Bellmore $27,756 Bellmore-Merrick CHSD $22,256 East Meadow $25,125 East Rockaway $25,881 Elmont $19,232 Floral Park-Bellerose $16,148 Franklin Square $17,398 Freeport $22,968 Garden City $24,832 Hempstead $25,957 Hewlett-Woodmere $34,027 Island Park $32,679 Island Trees $22,036 Lawrence $29,489 Levittown $26,593 Long Beach $30,816 Lynbrook $23,151* Malverne $26,996 Merrick $26,901 Mineola $31,782 New Hyde Park-GCP $20,824 North Bellmore $22,860 North Merrick $20,421 Oceanside $22,176 Rockville Centre $27,320* Roosevelt N/A Seaford $21,488 Sewanhaka CHSD $19,254 Uniondale $24,687 Valley Stream No. 13 $20,037 Valley Stream No. 24 $25,320 Valley Stream No. 30 $22,367 Valley Stream CHSD $21,759 Wantagh $20,370 West Hempstead $25,079


Sources: New York State Education Department, 2011-12 Property Tax Report Cards and 2011-12 School Budget Spotlight report issued by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

Editor's Note: *Denotes information supplied by the school district.

Frank June 06, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Maybe there's hope for California and NY after all: http://nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/06/12084195-2-california-cities-approve-pension-cuts?lite&google_editors_picks=true
Chris Wendt June 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@ Frank Apparently, San Diego and San Jose, California, have pension plans/funds that are separate and distinct from a State pension plan/funds. As the case may be, here in New York, there are two main pension plans/funds: the Teachers Retirement Sysytem (NYTRS) and the State Employees Retirement System (NYERS). Localities do not have any option but to participate and pay for those systems for their covered employees; this is a matter inscribed in the NY State Constitution. Both NYTRS and NYERS are multiemployer, defined benefit pension plans. That means, if any locality, school district, etc. defaulted on their future payments to either Plan, then the rest of the localities, school districts, etc. would be responsible to make-up any missed or missing payments into the fund(s). For instance, if the City of Yonkers became insolvent and missed a $35 million payment to the TRS, then the other roughly 700 school districts in the State would be forced to make up that shortfall.
Rbon September 03, 2012 at 05:15 AM
does anyone know if there is a rule or law or other official provision that lets children who are not LB residents but are children of LB teachers attend the schools in LB. At a cost of $30,000 per child, that concerns me Robin
Rbon September 03, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Are kids who live outside the Long Beach school district, whose parents teach in the district, allowed to attend LB Elementary and Middle Schools?
Jan Kasal December 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If you follow the Malverne school district news on a regular basis you are aware that the board of education has recently become an agenda of its own, not leaving much room for any other business. Its conduct has been divisive, obscure, and poisonous. The current school board is a burden and embarrassment to the school district residents. If you are ready to dedicate some time to prepare for the upcoming May 2013 school budget and school board member elections and to change the course, please join others by contacting me at vevajanka@hotmail.com


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