Eight Western New York school systems rank among the 25 most frugal districts across the state.
The Lancaster Central School District has the lowest spending rate in the eight-county region -- and the third-lowest in the entire state. It spent $13,247 per pupil in 2012, according to figures from the New York State Education Department.
The only school systems that spent less were the Glens Falls Common School District ($12,158 per pupil) in the Albany Area and the Victor Central School District ($12,772 per pupil) in the Rochester Area.
Lancaster's rate of $13,247 was 36.6 percent lower than the statewide average of $20,906 per student.
SCHOOL DISTRICT SPENDING LINK:
• Spending rates in all 676 districts across the state.
• The 25 districts that spend the least.
• The 25 districts that spend the most.
Other Western New York districts on the list of the state's 25 smallest spenders are Royalton-Hartland, Clarence, Frontier, East Aurora, Hamburg, Lockport and Orchard Park.
Downstate school systems dominate the opposite end of the rankings, accounting for 19 of the 25 districts that spend the most. No Western New York district is in that group.