ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, In 2012, the average teacher salary in Allentown School District was $63,480 a year, while the cost of the benefits teachers received was $19,845 per employee, for a total annual average teacher compensation of $83,325... .
WFMZ: The budget for 2021-2022 will be approximately $365M+. Two thirds which comes from federal and state funding. This along with a 4.6% tax increase. The largest allowed by law.
ACCORDING TO PUBLICSCHOOLREVIEW.COM The school district's spending/student of $19,320 is higher than the state median of $15,178... Public schools in Allentown City School District have an average math proficiency score of 21% (versus the Pennsylvania public school average of 45%), and reading proficiency score of 36% (versus the 63% statewide average). This district's average testing ranking is 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Pennsylvania.
Parkland School District spends about $17,122 per student. Why is Allentown spending over a couple thousand dollars more? Mismanagement or for concentrating more on social needs rather then basic education like reading, writing arithmetic?
I don't have the answer but I do know this. The Allentown school district is definitely not heading in the right direction. I see little chance of it ever doing so. Maybe it's time we look towards hiring someone from the business sector who has a good sense on how to handle finances heading up this monstrosity.
One thing is for sure we never had any luck hiring someone from another district elsewhere. We already have plenty of staff to handle the educational aspects (maybe too many). I think this district now needs a sound fiscal manager from the private sector rather then another grifter from some other school district.
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