Some telling numbers lie deeper in state education budget
The new state education budget officially put into action July 1 has numbers that should make local school administrators a bit happier.
Every Luzerne County district saw an increase in combined basic and special education funding, ranging from a 0.1 percent hike for Northwest Area (a scant $7,120 boost) to a 5.3 percent boon for Dallas, or $363,873 more.
But the state’s relatively new formula for doling out some of that money offers underlying data that shows how different local district finances are. For example, median household income varies by as much as $34,000, making a substantial difference in how much a district is likely to get from real estate taxes.
Wilkes-Barre Area residents had the lowest household income in the county based on a five-year average calculated for each district in the state. Diamond City residents averaged only $38,385 per household. Compare that to the two wealthiest districts in the county: Crestwood, with an average of $72,250, and Dallas, at $64,677