Research on Community-Sized Districts

Utah School Districts by Administrative Cost per Pupil for the years 1998-2001

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Administrative costs bear little, if any, correlation to size of districts over 1,000 students.

Fiscal Year 1998-1999

Fiscal Year 1999-2000

Fiscal Year 2000-2001

DistrictNumber of StudentsAdmin Cost Per PupilDistrictNumber of StudentsAdmin Cost Per PupilDistrictNumber of StudentsAdmin Cost Per Pupil
Logan5840$165Logan5840$181Logan5778$169
So. Sanpete2878$175So. Sanpete2816$203Juab1830$219
Juab1796$206Juab1822$205So. Sanpete2741$225
Davis58767$222Alpine45842$234Nebo21066$249
Nebo19959$225Nebo20519$237Alpine47117$256
Alpine45208$230Davis58947$244Davis58867$257
Jordan73285$232Cache13143$247Tooele9177$262
Granite72848$238Granite71546$247Granite70664$264
Salt Lake25207$243Jordan73110$250Cache13170$266
Wasatch3581$244Tooele8777$250Salt Lake24981$274
Cache13225$250Salt Lake24960$256No. Sanpete2489$278
Weber28058$259Weber28134$270Jordan73157$281
Tooele8169$264Morgan2047$271Weber28009$290
Murray6788$264Box Elder11052$275Box Elder10927$293
Box Elder11215$265Sevier4621$279Iron7176$295
Sevier4733$268Wasatch3610$280Morgan2019$298
No. Sanpete2554$271No. Summit1012$281Murray6481$308
Provo13486$272Murray6584$281Sevier4477$308
Millard3606$273No. Sanpete2513$283No. Summit993$308
Morgan2047$275Millard3476$292Provo13241$319
Uintah6472$276Iron6978$292Washington18374$322
Iron6948$286Provo13438$293Wasatch3678$330
No. Summit987$288Uintah6233$295So. Summit1280$333
Washington18513$289Carbon4656$296Ogden12750$334
Carbon4639$289Washington18501$299Millard3363$336
Grand1626$290So. Summit1258$310Uintah6014$336
Beaver1456$296Grand1620$321Carbon4285$350
So. Summit1265$304Ogden12809$323Grand1560$356
Ogden12740$312Beaver1432$339Beaver1426$363
Kane1444$314Duchesne4167$364Kane1335$389
Piute372$343Kane1394$368Duchesne4140$391
Duchesne4324$357Park City3818$384Park City3921$400
Park City3800$362San Juan3308$403Piute354$409
San Juan3430$377Rich503$407Rich473$476
Rich506$397Wayne571$431San Juan3146$478
Emery3101$403Piute349$433Wayne550$499
Tintic339$427Emery2973$443Emery2714$537
Wayne554$454Garfield1114$481Garfield1115$549
Garfield1112$517Tintic308$504Daggett164$719
Daggett183$615Daggett173$658Tintic267$873
"...Webb & Ohm, (1984) found smaller districts more efficient than larger ones in both dollars per student and numbers of administrators per student...."

From "A District of a Certain Size, an Exploration of the Debate on School District Size" by Florence R. Webb, University of California Berkeley (Published in Education and Urban Society, February, 1989