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Feb 052013
 

By Julie Wiessner
The Joseph City School District was ranked third in Navajo County for money spent per student on class-room instruction and supplies, the Holbrook District was fourth and the Winslow District was eighth, according to the annual report for 2011-12 unveiled by State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal.
The Joseph City District spent $5,063 per student for classroom instruction and $356 for classroom sup-plies; the Holbrook District, $4,870 and $343; and the Winslow District, $3,835 and $285. The county aver-ages were $3,891 and $212.
The state average was $3,841 per student for classroom instruction and $142 for classroom supplies.
Charter schools spent an average of $3,189 per student on classroom instruction, or $652 less than the state average, and $178 per pupil on classroom supplies, or $36 more than the state average.
Overall, charter schools spent just about twice as much on administration costs per student than the state average, $1,359 versus $750. The Joseph City District spent $1,382 per student on administration costs; the Holbrook District, $766; and the Winslow District, $1,174. The county average was $965.
The state average for student support services spending per student was $561; charter schools, $337; Navajo County, $631; Joseph City District, $1,052; Holbrook District, $904; and Winslow District, $252.
The state average for other support services spending per student was $2,057; charter schools, $1,659; Navajo County, $2,555; Joseph City District, $3,490; Holbrook District, $2,681; and Winslow District, $2,283.
The state average for all expenditures per student was $7,351; charter schools, $6,722; Navajo County, $8,254; Joseph City District, $11,342; Holbrook District, $9,563; and Winslow District, $7,830.
Rural schools located on or near Indian reservations receive more funding from the federal government, but much of this money goes to transport the students to and from school.