Lawrence school board to receive report on administrative costs compared to other districts

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Lawrence Public Schools district offices pictured in April 2021.

The Lawrence school board will soon discuss how the school district’s administrative costs compare to those of other districts.

As part of its meeting Monday, the board will receive a report about the district’s administrative salaries from the Kansas Association of School Boards, according to the board’s agenda. The report itself is not yet available.

The district is facing a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall, and in December the school board asked for an analysis of the district’s administrative costs compared to peer school districts to understand if the district is “administrative heavy.”

A district memo to the board states that the district asked the Kansas Association of School Boards to update some administrative comparisons it had done for the district a few years ago. A KASB representative will present those comparisons as part of the board’s meeting Monday.

The district previously shared some administrator salary comparisons from the Kansas State Department of Education, according to the memo. The memo states KSDE does not make other administrative salary comparisons because of the difficulty of comparing “like” positions, and that the district reviewed the KASB comparisons to make sure they are accurate comparisons of like data as much as possible.

The Lawrence school board will meet at 6 p.m. at the district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.


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