The Real Cost of Students is In-Line with Other School Districts
At the levy debate at last week’s Chamber of Commerce meeting, numbers were being thrown about. Steve Ackerman, who spoke out against the levy, stated that there were so many numbers floating around, nobody was sure. Last week KMN ran part one of a series detailing the expenses of the Kuna School District and trying to shed some light on where these numbers came from. After this article was published, KMN has heard from several people giving some insight into these numbers.
KMN published that the cost per student was fairly high using 2011-2012 numbers when compared to other school districts. It was pointed out that our comparison did not, however, take in to consideration that in 2011-2012 there was a $9 million refinance entry in the expense column for a building bond and a corresponding $9 million in funding.
According to KMN reader and retired analyst Cheryl McCord, in newer, growing districts such as Kuna, new buildings are needed while in older school districts, their buildings have been paid for in past years.
Taking in to account these two factors, the cost per student for Kuna was overstated by $2,588. Once corrected, the cost per student in Kuna should be $6,067, just $146 higher than Meridian and $909 higher than Falcon Ridge Charter School.
Kuna is, in fact, not spending more per student than other school districts.