Palmyra School District Considers Possible Bond Issuance to Address Rising Enrollment | Education

A good school can lead to a lifetime of opportunity. A myriad of data shows that lifetime earnings increase dramatically with each degree earned. Bachelor’s degree holders will earn an average of about $26,000 more every year than high school graduates. And for those who decide that going to college isn’t the best post-secondary option, a good school will provide students with the tools and support to make that choice, as well as the fundamental skills needed to succeed in the job market.

For many families, the school district is one of the main criteria when deciding where to buy a home. But that consideration and ability to choose isn’t a luxury every family can afford, especially in today’s fiercely competitive housing market.

An important indicator of quality education is expenditure per student. According to the latest census data available, the average national expenditure per student for fiscal year 2019 was $13,187. Several recent studies suggest that increase in spending per student is correlated with higher academic achievement, especially in districts primarily serving low-income students. Since public schools are largely funded by property taxes, schools in low-income areas suffer the most from a lack of funding for essential expenses such as staff salaries and benefits, transportation, educational resources and support services.

There are over 13,000 school districts in the United States, each slightly different, for better or worse, from the other. However, several common denominators exist and, when compared, can serve as indicators of what makes an impactful neighborhood.

Stacker compiled a list of the best school districts in Nebraska using rankings from Niche. Niche ranks school districts based on a variety of criteria, including academics (SAT/ACT scores and state proficiency tests), teacher salaries, spending per student, and access to extracurricular activities.

#ten. Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools (Murdock)

– Number of schools: 2 (472 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (74% in reading and 74% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $51,269 (student/teacher ratio of 12:1)

#9. Lincoln Public Schools (Lincoln)

– Number of schools: 73 (42,258 students)

– Graduation rate: 82% (56% in reading and 56% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $55,237 (student/teacher ratio of 13:1)

#8. Bennington Public Schools (Bennington)

– Number of schools: 6 (3,288 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (74% in reading and 73% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $51,068 (student/teacher ratio of 17:1)

#7. Gretna Public Schools (Gretna)

– Number of schools: 8 (5,838 students)

– Graduation rate: 98% (68% in reading and 74% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $50,845 (student/teacher ratio of 16:1)

#6. Chadron Public Schools (Chadron)

– Number of schools: 4 (976 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (59% in reading and 62% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $52,652 (student/teacher ratio of 13:1)

#5. Diller-Odell Public Schools (Odell)

– Number of schools: 2 (237 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (72% in reading and 72% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $55,154 (9:1 student/teacher ratio)

#4. Westside Community Schools (Omaha)

– Number of schools: 14 (6,094 students)

– Graduation rate: 89% (60% in reading and 59% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $57,643 (student/teacher ratio of 14:1)

#3. Pender Public Schools (Pender)

– Number of schools: 2 (393 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (77% in reading and 87% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $54,312 (11:1 student/teacher ratio)

#2. Millard Public Schools (Omaha)

– Number of schools: 36 (24,038 students)

– Graduation rate: 93% (66% in reading and 65% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $55,568 (student/teacher ratio of 16:1)

#1. Elkhorn Public Schools (Elkhorn)

– Number of schools: 17 (10,322 students)

– Graduation rate: 97% (82% in reading and 84% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $52,076 (student/teacher ratio of 16:1)

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