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4/8/2012 7:53:00 PM
Bigger salaries, higher ratio of administrators driving Muncie school budget up
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10 biggest salary pay gaps
Which school districts have the biggest gaps between administrator and teacher pay? Here's a look at those Indiana school districts that came out on top:

District Administrator Teacher (Difference)

Beech Grove City Schools $112,376 $52,432 ($59,944)

Clark-Pleasant Schools $103,207 $49,573 ($53,634)

Scott County School District 1 $96,988 $45,299 ($51,689)

Muncie Community Schools $97,462 $47,731 ($49,731)

South Putnam Community Schools $87,366 $39,874 ($47,492)

Johnson County Special Services $95,463 $48,204 ($47,259)

Town of Speedway Schools $101,972 $55,475 ($46,497)

Greenwood Cmm'ty Schools $97,189 $50,961 ($46,228)

Avon Community Schools $93,965 $48,298 ($45,667)

Lafayette Schools $97,125 $51,798 ($45,327)

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Michelle Kinsey, Star Press

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.

DATABASE: Search our database of statewide school districts to see how a district's average teacher pay compares to average administrator pay.

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.

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