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Mendham Twp. Spends $20K Per Pupil, DOE Says

Mendham Township K-8 schools spend more than neighboring districts.

Funding formulas and what communities pay per pupil for their children's education as members of the West Morris Regional School District has been a hotly contested issue for more than a year.

The debate has spawned parents groups and letters to the editor, and led to mayor's meetings and even brought state officials out to explain the mechanics of how state aid and other factors fit into the regional district.

Interestingly, a comparative spending guide released by the state Department of Education details the specific cost per pupil spent by the K-8 districts that (for the most part) eventually send their children into the West Morris Morris Regional School District.

According to numbers for the 2010-11 school year, Mendham Township spends significantly more per pupil than their neighbors.

  • Chester Consolidated School District:  $16,834
  • Mendham Borough School District:     $15,637
  • Mendham Township School District:    $20,287
  • Washington Township School District: $16,296

Mendham Township outdistances its spending by between $4,000-5,000 per student. The cost per pupil is more than the figures for the Regional District, which clocks in at $18,141 per student.

In Morris County, Mendham is outpaced by Harding Township and Mountain Lakes which come in at $24,008 and $22,398 respectively.

What do you think? Do these numbers surprise you? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

LVMom October 08, 2012 at 03:48 PM
i'm sorry was this supposed to be a 'good' thing?
cv October 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM
@LVMom stop. you will soon be attacked by everyone on the patch. save yourself now!!!!! lol
jod3rd in Mendham February 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM
We have enjoyed advances in productivity, quality, and lower real costs in almost every facet of our lives except this one. And I *do not* fault the teachers. I do, however wonder about the following. If the cost per student was $20k for elementary school, for a cozy class of 20 that comes to $400,000 in a year (whoa! - shocking when you see it in print). If the average teacher salary was $63k (2010) + benefits (guessing $15K), what happened to the other $322,000 ? ? ? ? That's a lot of library paste...

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