A Question for the School Board (and Taxpayers)

Ron Bolin: March 19, 2015

‘The average per-pupil funding in the K-12 sector will increase to $8,603 in 2013-14, the highest ever.”  from: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/03/operating-grants-maintained-per-pupil-funding-highest-ever.html

Teachers salaries in B.C. for the 60 school districts range from an average starting salary of $47,461 to an average maximum of $75,083.  Estimated average Salary ($47,461+$75,083/2=$61,272).  from:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/crosscheck-how-bc-teachers-rank-in-canada/article549616/

The average number of students in a class in SD68 is:
CLASS SIZE                 GRANT     CLASS       AVG.SAL   Diff.                 RATIO
K… 19.8                        $8,603     $170,339 –  $61,272    $100,464       1.64 times
1-3 …21.6                     $8,603     $185,825 – $61,272     $115,950        1.89 times
4-7 …26.9                     $8,603     $231,421 – $61,272     $161,546         2.64 times
8-12…26.1                    $8,603    $224,538 – $61,272     $154,663        2.52 times

Question:

It has been said that the ideal education is a good teacher sitting at one end of a log and a student at the other.  Teachers are the productive providers of education.  All the rest is, in one way or another, overhead.

How is it that the log has become so expensive?

I have been told that wages and salaries account for 90% of the school district’s budget.  Are there so many jobs which are not teaching jobs?  And if so, how do they assist teachers in meeting their educational responsibilities?

While I recognize that the figures shown above are quite general, they were the best I could find and I suspect that overall they are not too far off. I have to question the ration of salaries to overhead which seems to be portrayed by these figures. Can someone please help me to understand how it comes about that our overhead costs are so high?

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