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.
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“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.
Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director/Coordinators, Principals, Assistant Principals
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.
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
District Student Enrollment
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.