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Gibbs, Azalea lead way in spending per student

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

Pinellas schools Superintendent Howard Hinesley recently created a list detailing how much is spent per pupil at each school.

Among the county's 16 high schools, spending per student ranges from a high of $4,897 at Gibbs High in St. Petersburg to a low of $3,842 at Clearwater High. Among 21 middle schools, spending per student ranges from a high of $4,688 at Azalea in St. Petersburg to a low of $3,670 at Tarpon Springs.

The figures were arrived at by taking the total dollars spent at a school in fiscal 2001-2002 and dividing by the number of students enrolled there. The numbers add all kinds of money -- federal, state and district. It is important to note that the school averages do not distinguish whether the district specifically decided to spend more money at a particular school or whether a school gets more money simply because of the way federal and state dollars might be allocated for special needs students, free and reduced lunch, or other factors.

The averages for elementary schools were published last week. Here are the averages for middle and high schools.

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