Lancaster and Arkport are Upstate's most efficient school systems

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 7:20 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by G. Scott Thomas

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 7:20 AM EDT

Lancaster runs the leanest public school system in Upstate New York.

That's according to Business First's new administrative efficiency ratings of 430 Upstate districts. The rankings are based on the latest official data from the New York State Education Department.

The runners-up on the efficiency scale are Arkport, Frontier, Williamsville and Hamburg. The administrative efficiency ratings have no impact on Business First's academic rankings of Upstate school systems (which will be released on Thursday), but are designed to reflect another facet of each district's overall profile.

Upstate's 430 districts have been assessed in three areas:

• Spending per pupil (2010).

• The ratio of pupils per administrative staffer, a group that includes all district-office employees, principals and assistant principals (2011).

• The share of the district budget devoted to debt service (2010).

The best scores go to districts with low spending, high pupil-staffer ratios and small amounts of debt service.

Use this link to find results by county, or to view the entire chart. The database can be re-sorted by clicking any column header. A second click reverses the sort.

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