Who's the leanest district of them all? Hernando
The Hernando school district is the least top-heavy district in Florida and by far the least top-heavy of the four in the Tampa Bay area, according to the latest Department of Education figures.
To tally administrative costs, the state looks at those costs at the school and district levels combined. By that calculation, Hernando spent $402 per student out of its general fund in 2008-09, compared to $480 for Pasco, $497 for Hillsborough and $503 in Pinellas, says the report, which came out last week.
Among the 12 biggest districts, those figures put Pasco at No. 4, Hillsborough at No. 6 and Pinellas at No. 7 on the leanest-to-fattest scale.
To be sure, there are many ways to gauge how much a district spends on administration, as this St. Petersburg Times analysis noted in November. When it comes to central administration costs, Pinellas still ranks among the most top-heavy districts, the analysis found.
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