Back to school, by the numbers
Students return to school this week across the bay area and Florida. It's today for Pasco and Hernando, Tuesday for Pinellas and Hillsborough. Staff writer Tony Marrero collected some stats on what it all means to the area as our districts educate our 380,000 kids.
Annual budgets: $5.7 billion, nearly the gross domestic product of Bermuda
Total employees: 54,519, about 10,000 shy of a sellout at Raymond James Stadium
Buses: 2,169, traveling 176,000 miles daily — enough to circle the Earth at the equator seven times
Pizza servings: 5.2 million per year, enough to feed one serving to every Tampa resident daily for two weeks
Sheets of paper: 416 million, or about 49,000 trees