MUNCIE -- Last year, the average Muncie Community Schools administrator made $97,462. The average teacher made $47,731.
You don't have to be a math teacher to see that's quite a gap between salaries. In fact, that $49,731 difference is the fourth biggest gap among districts statewide.
If that were the only equation impacting the budget, it might be easy to absorb. But consider this: The Muncie Schools administrator-to-student ratio is 1 administrator per 170 students. The national average is 1 to 761.
All those numbers boil down to one telling anomaly -- 90 percent of the district's entire budget goes to salary and benefits, far more than state and national statistics. The district currently pays out about $44 million in salaries each year and $24 million in benefits.