Michigan's 50 highest-spending school districts per student

September 9, 2018

Michigan public schools spent an average of $10,209 per student in 2016-17, but those numbers varied considerably by district, according to data collected by the Michigan Department of Education.


The state's top-spending district per pupil in 2016-17: Wells Township School District in Marquette County. 


With only six students and an operating budget of $386,963, the school spent $64,494 per student.


Districts with fewer than 50 students comprise nine of the top 10 systems with the highest per-pupil costs and 11 of the top 15 because fixed expenses are spread among so few students. 


In addition to Wells Township, the other four districts in the top five are:

  • Bois Blanc Pines School District in Mackinac County, $64,229 per pupil for two students;

  • Grant Township School District in Keweenaw County, $56,228 per pupil for four students;

  • Whitefish Township Schools in Chippewa County, $47,312 per pupil for 30 students;

  • Beaver Island Community School in Charlevoix County, $43,287 per pupil for 49 students.

To view a list of the top 50 districts and charter schools in per-pupil operating expenses, click HERE.


Source: MLive

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