Londonderry vs. Timberlane

Today’s Eagle Tribune is reporting that Londonderry School District’s Budget Committee is still working on a proposed $70.9 million budget.  That, the paper reports, is a 2.85% increase over the current budget.

Londonderry’s  11th grade students exceeded the NH state average in both language arts and math in the Smarter Balanced tests. (Timberlane did not.) The most recent enrollment figures available online from the Department of Education shows:

Londonderry district 

  • 4389 students (14/15 year)
  • 635 total staff  (14/15 year)


  •   3767  (14/15 year)
  • 673 total staff  (14/15 year)

RESULTS:  Timberlane had 622 fewer students last year but 38 more staff than Londonderry School District.

Draft three of Timberlane’s budget for 16/17 is $69,388,958. If you simply divide that eye-popping figure by the number of students projected to be in the district next year, here’s what you get:

$69,388,958 divided by 3425 =  $20,259.55 per student.

I don’t know Londonderry’s projected student population for next year, but it would have to plummet by 889 students to equal Timberlane’s $20,260 price tag.

This is from Central Catholic High School’s website:

Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is $12,690, which includes all academic and athletic fees. 

Never enough

Timberlane’s draft three shows a 1.56% increase over current year’s budget.  That may seem like a modest increase but there will be a lot of warrant article asks this year, including an anticipated new teacher’s contract. And given how woefully over staffed we are, our district should be taking a serious budget cut, not receiving any sort of a budget increase.

Note:  Cost per pupil as published by the state is calculated differently from my simple method of total costs divided by number of students served.  This doesn’t not, however, mean that my simple calculation is without meaning.





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7 responses to “Londonderry vs. Timberlane

  1. Come on Donna. This again? Apples to Oranges…

    At least comapre coop to coop. Comparing single town school districts to a coop or private schools to a public coop isn’t a fair and accurate comparison.

    • I am comparing the attitude of the administration towards staff reductions, among other things. Coop to non-coop is a minor consideration and you have yet to show it is anything other.

    • mark Acciard

      I apologize I made my reply to this comment under the staffing article. Mr. Collins. You most certainly CAN compare a cooperative district to a single town district. The determining factors are enrollment You can compare cost per pupil(ACTUAL CPP NOT the STATE FUNDING FORMULA) across districts.

      If you are educating 4000 students within 6 buildings in two districts the comparison is simple, it matters not that one is geographically within one town while the other is within four.

      Where your difference comes is that the single town district is answerable to the town, and its BudCom, where TRSD is not, they have their own governing body and Budcom, not that either truly does their jobs.

  2. mark Acciard

    Cost per pupil according to the State formula(which districts LOVE to quote) OMITS 30% of the budget. But most people are unaware of that and when the district quotes a cost per pupil to educate a child at TRSD of $10k and change. They lap it up without question.

  3. Donna, we’ve gone over this before. When you have four elementary schools within fixed boundaries personnel cannot by maximized.

    Also, private schools don’t have to deal with the NHRS and I don’t believe they deal with unions, maybe I’m wrong on that one. They also can turn students away and are not required to transport student.

    If you want to approach an apples to apples compare to Wimmacunnet.

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