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“We always get this question, when is too small, too small?”

That’s David Rauenzahn, chief school administrator in Avalon and Stone Harbor, responding to a question from the Star-Ledger about the total comparative cost per pupil in teeny-tiny districts like the ones he serves in Cape May County. Avalon, all of 77 kids, spends $32,384 for each one. Stone Harbor is a relative bargain with 80 kids and a cost per pupil of $23,698. Then, of course, there’s Sea Isle City Elementary with 66 kids and total cost per pupil of $35, 983. When is too small too small? Right now.

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2 Comments

  • Neils, February 11, 2010 @ 1:56 pm Reply

    What is the state portion of the aid for Sea Isle?

  • NJ Left Behind, February 11, 2010 @ 2:38 pm Reply

    Hi, Neils. According to the DOE database, 79% of the school costs are shouldered by local levies. 9% comes from the state, 2% from the feds, and 10% is listed as “other.”

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