Day: May 6, 2018

Proposed budget would raise Cost per Student

Cost per spending is a metric found by dividing the amount of students into the education budget.

Using the most up to date numbers (May 2018) there are currently 920 students at RES and JRMS. The budget for 2017-2018 is $20,752,623. The current cost per student is $22,557

The proposed budget requests an increase that will greatly raise the cost per student.

The budget on we which we will be voting on May 8 is $21,552,623 and the projected enrollment is 880 (Prowda 878 and NESDEC 882 averaged) The new cost per student would be $24,492.

The increase would be $1935 per student.

Although there will be approximately 40 less students, fixed costs and contractual obligations do usually make the cost per student somewhat higher.

Representatives of the Redding Board of Education cite Cost per Student as an unreliable metric since items in one towns school budget may appear on another towns municipal budget. Still, as shown by this chart from last year, Redding had the highest Cost per Student in our DRG (District Resource Group) The new number is substantially higher.