Lawrence school district has high ratio of administrators to students, study finds

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A study from the Kansas Association of School Boards shows that of Kansas’ 18 largest districts by enrollment, Lawrence — with a K-12 enrollment of 11,150 and 20 central office administrators — has the third highest ratio, at 557.5 students per administrator.


The lowest ratio is Andover’s, which has 1,470.7 students per its six central office administrators, and the average is 838.4.

However, the district is closer to the average (333.3) in its ratio of students to building administrators, with 337.9 students per building administrator. The highest was Shawnee Mission, with 576.6, and the lowest was Topeka, with 198.4. 

The study was shared with the school board Monday. It did not include any salary information. 

The Lawrence school district also has an above-average number of central office administrators classified as “other,” the study showed.

Here’s a sortable table of central office administrator position counts in the 18 districts:

The positions included in the “other” category are as follows:

Chief Academic Officer Patrick Kelly told the Lawrence school board on Feb. 28, 2022 as part of an administrative study that these lists are the positions included in the district’s count of “other” central office directors and supervisors. (Screenshot)

The full report is available to download at this link.

Note: This article was originally posted as part of another story about the school board. We republished it with its own headline to make it easier to refer back to this information on our website.

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Emma Bascom (she/her) reported for The Lawrence Times from December 2021 through May 2022. Read more of her work for the Times here.

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