While much reporting has already been done on the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education report on the Waltham Public Schools system, it contains a lot of other interesting tidbits, which we have highlighted below.
DISCLAIMER: The report is based on data and information collected in February. Since then, some of the issues in it have been addressed.
- TEACHER PAY: The average salary of a Waltham teacher was $69,421 in 2012 compared to the state average of $68,781. The Waltham average has dropped a little according to recent data. Replacement of retiring teachers may be on factor in the drop.
- STUDENT – TEACHER RATIO: Waltham’s student-to-teacher ratio in 2010 was 11.2 to 1 compared to the state average of 13.7 to 1.
- TEACHER ABSENCES: “Teacher absences from classes are comparatively high at an average of 15 days per year per teacher, including all reasons for absences such as sick days, long-term medical leaves and professional development days.”
- RETIREMENT COSTS: Waltham’s per pupil costs for 2010-2011 for insurance and retirement programs was $5,332.20 compared to the state average of $2,296.44.
- ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS: Waltham spends 73 percent more on administrative costs per pupil than the statewide average.
- HOMELESS STUDENTS: The district has taken in 85 additional homeless students since the January, partly from the state placing them in hotels in Waltham.
- DEMOGRAPHICS: Low-income and homeless students now comprise of 40 percent of the district’s students.