Through diligent and efficient hiring practices, the District is expected to save more than $1.1-million in operating expenses next year and beyond.
A significant portion of the savings has been realized through reducing administrative expenses. Some outgoing administrative positions have been replaced at lower salaries, while others have been consolidated or eliminated. The District has the fourth lowest administrative cost per pupil in Franklin County and is ranked number one among 14 Ohio Department of Education similar sized districts in the percentage of classroom dollars spent directly on classroom instruction at 75 percent.
“We’ve refined some of our hiring practices to ensure we find the best available candidates for teaching, support, and administrative roles and we’ve achieved significant savings while maintaining extremely high standards,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “We look at every single hire independently in terms of getting the best value for the taxpayer dollar while ensuring a world-class educator is in front of our students in every classroom, every day.”
With 65 staff members retiring following last school year due to changes in the State Teachers Retirement System, the District took that opportunity to bring in an influx of new staff members, many of whom are digital natives who bring have fresh ideas and energy to the table, along with recent exposure to the most current best practices.
“By changing the timing of our hiring process, we’ve been able to attract the very best candidates while achieving cost savings,” Dr. Hoadley said. “As one of Ohio’s best districts, we’re able to hire and retain some of the best teachers and support staff in Ohio and in the country.”