Special Report

School Districts Spending the Most Per Student

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Source: jerichoschools.org

9. Jericho Union Free School District, New York
> District spending per pupil: $33,841
> State spending per pupil: $20,610
> Median household income: $150,313
> Enrollment: 2,999

New York spends more per pupil on public schools than any other state. Even within the state, certain districts spend far more than is typical. The Jericho Union Free School District on Long Island spends $33,841 per pupil annually, the 10th most of any U.S. school district and far more than the $20,610 New York school districts spend per student on average.

The vast majority of public school expenditures go towards salaries and benefits for school staff and administration. In the Jericho school district, administration salaries may have an outsized impact on the overall budget. Henry Grishman, the district superintendent, received $438,349 a year in total compensation, including benefits, more than any other district superintendent on Long Island.

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Source: whiteplains.lohudblogs.com

8. Greenburgh Central School District, New York
> District spending per pupil: $33,851
> State spending per pupil: $20,610
> Median household income: $94,873
> Enrollment: 1,838

Many of the New York school districts that are among the biggest per pupil spenders are in Westchester County, just north of New York City. Located in Hartsdale, Greenburgh Central School District is one of them. Like much of Westchester County, residents within the school district tend to be affluent. The typical area household earns $94,873 a year, far more than the median household income nationwide of $53,657 a year.

With a strong tax base, the Greenburgh schools get much of their revenue — nearly 73% — from local sources. In contrast, school districts nationwide get an average of about 45% of funding from local sources.