Clarence enjoys the region's best cost-benefit ratio.
It spends $13,410 per pupil, which is less than than any district but
Lancaster and Frontier, yet it's still No. 2 academically.
Superintendent Geoffrey Hicks says Clarence is proud of its record for
cost-effectiveness, yet knows it could easily lose the distinction.
"In one sense, it can be difficult to maintain," he says. "In a very lean
organization, if you're forced to make budget cuts, it can hurt a bit more
because there is so little leeway."
This year's cost-effectiveness runners-up are Lancaster and Frontier.
Cost-effectiveness is one of seven specialized ratings generated by
Business First. They have no impact on the academic rankings, but are
specifically designed to illuminate other aspects of district performance.
5. East Aurora
6. Orchard Park
10. West Seneca
Full details are available in Business First's 2012-2013 Guide to Western
New York Schools, which hits newsstands today (Friday). Highlights are also
available right now at the newspaper's website: