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7 ON YOUR SIDE: DC-area schools spend most in U.S. on administrators

7 ON YOUR SIDE: DC-area schools spend most in U.S. on administrators. (ABC7)

Newly released numbers showing how much money school districts spend on administration is creating calls for change in Prince William County.

The U.S. Census Bureau numbers break down per student spending on administration, including principal and superintendent salaries.

The numbers, first reported by Project Baltimore, reveal a cluster of high spending levels for administration in DC area schools.

Howard County ranks 4th nationwide, spending $1,143 per student on administration.

Prince William County ranks 7th nationwide, spending $1,155 per student on administration.

Montgomery County ranks 8th nationwide, spending $1,099 per student on administration.

Prince George’s County ranks 10th nationwide, spending $1,049 per student on administration.

In comparison, the top spender, Baltimore City, comes in at $1,630 per student spent on administration.

Higher cost of living cities, including San Francisco and New York City spend less per student on administration, according to the Census report.

“My immediate reaction was frustration. We spent a lot of money last year to have a presentation and a study done of our administration. That study came back and that study basically said the exact opposite of what you presented to us. This is something we've been dealing for a while at Prince William County which is conversation and belief that our administration is bloated and overpaid. Quite frankly, it stops at the school board,” said Prince William School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers.

Sawyers added, “We have two main employees that we hire which is the superintendent and our legal counsel. Combined, those two employees have $2.6 million in contract between those two employees. You know, the buck stops with us and we're responsible for that and I didn’t vote for the superintendent’s extension and pay raise and I didn't vote for the lawyer's. But the buck stops with us and the school board needs to investigate this and make sure that money is going where it needs to go, which is to our students and our teachers.”

In response to 7 On Your Side’s questions about the census report, Prince William Deputy Superintendent Keith Imon wrote in a statement, “We value the important work of our administrators and know that their leadership has a direct, positive relationship to the success of the students in our classrooms."

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