Does Menlo Park have too many administrators?

  • Menlo Park City School District spends less money per student on administrators than any of its high-achieving peer districts. Based on 2014-15 data publicly available on EdData, when all administrators are included, MPCSD once again gets the most value for the money it spends.

     

    District

    Administration Costs

    Per Student

    MPCSD

    $2,169

    Palo Alto Unified

    $2,177

    Hillsborough

    $2,396

    Las Lomitas

    $2,406

    Portola Valley

    $3,915

    Woodside

    $3,937

     

    “Administrators” in MPCSD include all certificated and classified managers, all of whom lead vital work within the organization. Menlo Park City School District is not unique in the number and type of positions for a district its size with schools our size.

     

    Certificated

    Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director/Coordinators, Principals, Assistant Principals

    Classified

    Chief Business & Operations Officer, Director of Fiscal Services, Human Resources Manager, Director of Technology

     

    The graph below illustrates actual administration levels. Based on increasing student enrollment, which increases administrative demand, our student to administrator ratios have stayed relatively consistent, within a 16 student range.

     

     

    2009-10

    2011-12

    2016-17

    2017-18

    Administrator staffing in the year just before the 2010 Measure C was passed.

    Administrator staffing the year following the passage of 2010 Measure C.

    Current administrator staffing during the 2016-17 school year.

    Anticipated administrator staffing after the proposed reductions.

    # of Administrators

    15.4

    15.4

    18.6*

    17.6

    District Student Enrollment

    2532

    2719

    3000

    3020**

    Ratio of Admin : Student

    1 : 164

    1 : 177

    1 : 161

    1 : 172

    * = Two of the additional administrators include a second assistant principal at Hillview and the only assistant principal at Laurel, both directly involved with students and added to address the increased enrollment in the district. MPCSD’s elementary schools are larger than most in San Mateo County.

    ** = This number represents a conservative guess based on trends and demographic data.