Tomorrow evening USD 259, the Wichita public school district, is holding two meetings seeking input from the public on budget matters.
Perhaps someone will ask a few questions about why spending has been increasing so fast. The trend in the number of students for each employee would be a good question. The chart below shows the trend for the number of students (full-time equivalent) for each certified employee.
Over a period of 12 school years, the number of students per employee has declined from 13.7 to 10.9. In percentage terms, that’s 20.4%. This increasing number of employees, both absolute and in terms of the number of employees per student, is expensive.
The employee count used in these calculations is “certified employees.” (For a look at all employees, click on Wichita school employee-student ratio drops.) For the 2008 to 2009 school year, here are the figures, from the Kansas State Department of Education:
|Directors/Supervisors Spec. Ed.||17.0|
|Directors/Supervisors of Health||0.0|
|Directors/Supervisors of Voc. Ed.||0.0|
|All Other Directors/Supervisors||29.0|
|Other Curriculum Specialists||0.0|
|Practical Arts/Vocational Teachers||133.0|
|Special Ed. Teachers||529.7|
|All Other Teachers||2,564.3|
|Library Media Specialists||71.1|
|Clinical or School Psychologists||58.5|
|School Social Work Services||96.2|