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A statistical look at Tampa Bay’s four school districts

What they spend, how many they teach, how well they pay. Read and compare.
A Hernando County school bus is ready to make its daily routes.
A Hernando County school bus is ready to make its daily routes. [ Times (2013) ]
Published Jul. 30, 2021|Updated Aug. 2, 2021

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Hillsborough County

Florida’s third-largest school district

The entrance to the Hillsborough County school district's Instructional Service Center at 2920 N 40th St. in Tampa.
The entrance to the Hillsborough County school district's Instructional Service Center at 2920 N 40th St. in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Students: 218,943

Teachers: 14,135

Support staff: 9,502

Administrators: 988

Average teacher salary: $54,025

Budget: $3.2 billion

Schools: 135 elementary, 9 K-8, 43 middle, 28 high, 55 charter

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Pinellas County

Florida’s eighth-largest school district

Pinellas County School Board chairperson Carol Cook sits at the dais during a board meeting.
Pinellas County School Board chairperson Carol Cook sits at the dais during a board meeting. [ JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times (2020) ]

Students: 96,068

Teachers: 6,604

Support staff: 4,744

Administrators: 484

Average teacher salary: $52,187

Budget: $1.67 billion

Schools: 76 elementary, 2 K-8, 19 middle, 17 high, 20 charter

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Pasco County

Florida’s 10th-largest school district

Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning, right, speaks with School Board member Colleen Beaudoin before a meeting.
Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning, right, speaks with School Board member Colleen Beaudoin before a meeting. [ JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times ]

Students: 77,109

Teachers: 4,951

Support staff: 4,651

Administrators: 384

Average teacher salary: $46,650

Budget: $1.52 billion

Schools: 50 elementary, 1 K-8, 16 middle, 14 high, 15 charter

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Hernando County

Florida’s 29th-largest school district

Hernando County school district headquarters. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018)]
Hernando County school district headquarters. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018)]
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Students: 22,621

Teachers: 1,548

Support staff: 1,205

Administrators: 103

Average teacher salary: $49,759

Budget: $305 million

Schools: 10 elementary, 3 K-8, 4 middle, 5 high, 3 charter

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