As the discussion around education funding in Maine hits a fever pitch in the next few weeks, the Maine GOP was looking for a way to helpfully inform the people in Maine about how some of this money is spent.
We decided we would start to roll out some pieces that are really designed to just add a level of transparency and information to the discussion.
One of the key pieces under discussion over this budget cycle is administrative costs.
Now, to get into the details of each and every administrative cost in the state would be an incredible amount of detailed digging and work...
But, we were able to get our hands on the 2016-17 data for administrative salaries and benefits across Maine's public schools.
Please keep in mind that this is not an all encompassing list of administrative costs, just the salaries and benefits of administrators in each school district.
Administrative salary and benefit costs range widely across Maine. In some cases, you will see school systems or districts with similar enrollment numbers showing a large difference in total spending, and in per-student spending.
The full data in excel format are available upon request.
We intend to publish rankings for these data in coming days, as well as additional information regarding public education funding.
Click here to see how much your school district spends on administrative salaries and benefits.