Lancaster Gets an A for Spending

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 7:51 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 7:51 AM EDT

Lancaster is the leanest public school district in Western New York, according to Business First's new rankings of administrative efficiency.

The Lancaster Central School District spends the least per pupil, $12,894, of any school district in the eight-county region. And it also has the fourth-best student-administrator ratio - that is about 260 pupils per administrative staffer.

Business First's formula is designed to determine which districts have the tightest budgets and leanest staffs, regardless of academic performance.

The Lancaster superintendent says the community has always been conservative and he says school districts are under a microscope regarding expenses so they do their best to keep costs down.

Here's are the top districts for administrative efficiency:

1. Lancaster
2. Hamburg
3. Clarence
4. Williamsville
5. East Aurora
6. North Tonawanda
7. Frontier
8. Orchard Park
9. Grand Island
10. West Seneca

You can get the complete list at http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/feature/schools/2013-wnyschools/2013/06/western-new-york-administrative.html.

Business First will release the annual Guide to WNY Schools on June 14.