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Report: Seaside Heights Among Top Per-Pupil Spending School Districts in N.J.

Brick, Toms River districts both spend below the state's average

Gov. Chris Christie at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights. (Patch File Photo)
Gov. Chris Christie at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights. (Patch File Photo)
The Seaside Heights school district spends the seventh-highest amount per-pupil in New Jersey, a report from NJ.com showed.

The website crunched the numbers of all of the state's school districts and found Seaside Heights, with 170 students and a $5,117,832 budget, spent $30,178 per pupil, making it one of the state's highest-spending districts.

The district has one school, Hugh J. Boyd Elementary, on Bay Boulevard.

The spending figures came from an annual state report, the "Taxpayer’s Guide to Education Spending," available online.

Overall, the report said, the average New Jersey districts spent $18,891 per pupil. The national average is $12,743 per pupil, according to NJ.com.

In comparison, according to the state report, the Toms River district spent $14,549 per pupil in 2013 and the Brick district spent $16,516 per pupil.

The highest-spending district in New Jersey was Avalon, in Cape May County, which spent $43,775 per pupil. The Bergen County Vocational district and the Stone Harbor district rounded out the top three.

The full list and more details are contained in the NJ.com report.
grace May 10, 2014 at 09:20 AM
wow how much money is standing in that picture?
David Fischer May 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM
When I check the actual seaside budget, I see 232 students as being enrolled. The difference is that 170 go to the school in town, the rest go to schools (such as high schools) outside the town. The budget represents not only the 170 in the school, but also the 62 that are bused to other schools. The Seaside district has to pay the 'tuition' for the students bused to other schools. If you do the math with 232 students, you get $22059 per pupil cost. The numbers quoted in the article do not take this into account. Further, if you look at the budget, you will see that approximately 75% is for education cost (salaries, books, supplies Admin) and 25% is for facilities, busing etc. This percentage has not changed significantly in three years. In addition, The seaside school system had to pay almost $300,000 for Hurricane Sandy repairs (that is the UN-reimbursed cost since the actual repairs were over 1.3-mil). That added apx $1200 to the per-student cost for the year cited. I am not defending the cost, I am just showing that you have to look at the reasons by checking the budget and you must always fact-check any article you read.
WMS826 May 10, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Fact check...except when the article is written about evil white men who could be Republicans...then it's game on these days.
BillT May 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM
At any rate the kids walking around that town don't look like $30,000 kids. The school needs to be shut and they need to go to Toms River School for less money...that would lower my taxes.....

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