The Empire Center has added a school districts component to its SeeThroughNY web site/databse. From the site description:
This searchable database includes spending, debt and revenue levels of counties, cities, towns, villages and school districts throughout the Empire State, excluding only New York City. You can use this search form to find useful data for any single government or school district, to create categorical rankings statewide or by region, and to compare several entities to one another.
So we exported the school district data from the site and pulled all the entries for Capital Region districts. A chart is after the jump, along with a few quick notes and observations.
Scroll up for the chart
All data is from SeeThroughNY.
Figures are from the 2007-2008 school year.
This chart is only part of the story. We excluded the breakdowns for state and federal funding, as well as a number of expense categories. If you're interested in this topic, it's worth going to the SeeThroughNY site to see all the data available.
A few notes
+ The total per-pupil spending figures for North Greenbush and Rensselaer seem outlandishly high -- so much so that we suspect there's an error somewhere in how the totals were calculated.
+ Among the largest school districts (enrollments 4000+):
- Troy had the highest total spending per pupil ($23,486.26) and North Colonie the lowest ($14,271.59)
- Schenectady had the highest effective property tax rate (1.79%) and Saratoga Springs the lowest (1.02%)
- Albany had the highest local revenue per pupil ($11,839.38) -- but was that total was third-to-last as a percentage of overall per-pupil spending.
+ The top five for highest effective property tax rate:
- Maplewood-Colonie - 2.24%
- Schenectady - 1.79%
- Troy - 1.77%
- Waterford-Halfmoon - 1.69%
- Albany - 1.66%
+ The Maplewood-Colonie district is tiny -- just 147 students.
This Capital Region breakdown is available as an xls file.
We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.