Where does all that money go?
Every year (with a two-year lag) the Florida Department of Education rates school districts on their expenditures as a percentage of total costs.
The general fund figures for 2008-09 just came out, and Pasco school officials are bragging.
"We are No. 1 in providing money to the classroom and we are the lowest when it comes to overhead costs," Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the Gradebook.
The spreadsheet shows that Pasco schools spent 97.56 percent of their general fund on school-related expenses, highest in the state, and 2.44 percent on overhead (including administration and utilities), lowest in the state. The state average for schol expenditures was 95.68 percent, and for overhead costs it was 4.32 percent.
Within those amounts, though, the state indicated that Pasco spent below the state average percentage on direct classroom expenses and above the state average on school indirect expenses. Fiorentino said she was looking at how the district might change that balance.
The results for other Tampa area school districts were:
Hernando - 95.65 percent school expenditures (20th), 4.35 percent overhead (48th)
Hillsborough - 95.54 percent school expenditures (22nd), 4.46 percent overhead (46th)
Pinellas - 95.66 percent school expenditures (19th), 4.34 percent overhead (49th)