As part of Buffalo Business First’s annual rankings of Western New York schools, districts are rated in seven specific categories related to their overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
The business journal ranked the top 10 districts in each area, including cost-effectiveness, administrative efficiency, socioeconomic climate, student access, teacher experience and teacher pay.
Locally, North Tonawanda and Ken-Ton schools were mentioned in the top 10 across three categories — experience, teacher pay and administrative efficiency.
North Tonawanda was ranked high in the areas of administrative efficiency, teacher experience and teacher pay, coming in 5th, 7th and 4th, respectively in those categories.
Ken-Ton schools also ranked high in teacher pay only, coming in three spots below North Tonawanda in 7th place in terms of pay.
In terms of pay, salaries for teachers are generally higher in Sweet Home than in any of the other districts, according to a breakdown of pay levels at five points in teachers’ careers.
Chautauqua Lake has the most experienced faculty in the region, according to the publication. Four-fifths of its teachers have been working with students for more than 10 years, the highest rate in Western New York. Westfield and Akron occupy the next two slots on the experience scale.
Administrative efficiency — in other words how lean a district operates when compared to funding — is exemplified this year in Lancaster, which spends the least per pupil ($12,821) and has the biggest student-administrator ratio (274.1 students for every administrative staffer).
Only Lancaster, Frontier, Williamsville and Hamburg school systems were considered more administratively efficient than the Lumber City in this year’s ranking.