How Does Chelmsford Stack Up In Per-Pupil Spending?

We took a look, and here's what we found out.


As Chelmsford approaches Town Meeting, today we wanted to take a look at the town's per-pupil expenditures as well as how much its teachers make.

We checked out the 2010-11 overall statistics from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and here's what we found.

Out of the 328 districts in the state, Chelmsford ranked 289 in per-pupil expenditures, approximately three times less than #1 (Provincetown) and approximately $1,500 per-pupil more than #328 (Shirley).

In terms of teachers' salaries, Chelmsford was #199, about $25,000 a year less than #1 (Dover) and about $30,000 a year more than the lowest ranked district in the state (Florida).

Here's how Chelmsford fared against districts of comparable student population elsewhere in the state.

District Student Population General Fund Appropriations Grants, Revolving & Other Funds Total Expenditures Expenditure Per Pupil SOMERVILLE 5428 $77,332,967 $10,097,605 $87,430,572 $16,108 WELLESLEY 4980 $68,428,529 $8,365,887 $76,794,416 $15,421 MARLBOROUGH 5022 $61,573,930 $8,481,486 $70,055,416 $13,949 CHELSEA 5847 $64,116,218 $16,031,788 $80,148,006 $13,708 NEEDHAM 5451 $64,845,340 $9,292,040 $74,137,380 $13,602 BARNSTABLE 5567 $64,887,956 $9,102,897 $73,990,853 $13,291 MEDFORD 5325 $61,344,056 $8,376,313 $69,720,369 $13,093 WESTFIELD 6070 $65,103,930 $12,349,372 $77,453,302 $12,760 BILLERICA 6084 $69,706,328 $7,125,551 $76,831,879 $12,628 FITCHBURG 5579 $58,344,300 $11,100,356 $69,444,656 $12,447 BRIDGEWATER RAYNHAM 5806 $58,034,044 $7,119,829 $65,153,873 $11,221 WESTFORD 5338 $52,497,334 $7,177,376 $59,674,710 $11,179 BRAINTREE 5654 $54,768,437 $8,419,631 $63,188,068 $11,176 CHELMSFORD 5652 $56,858,181 $5,593,982 $62,452,163 $11,049

And here's how Chelmsford compared to districts with comparable teacher populations in terms of Full Time Equivalency positions (the amount of hours to full one staff member's job.)

DISTRICT Salary Totals Average Salary FTE Count SOMERVILLE $27,088,768 $80,144 338 WELLESLEY $28,138,443 $78,731 357 NEEDHAM $26,999,506 $78,328 345 ATTLEBORO $28,194,489 $77,076 366 SHREWSBURY $25,523,984 $72,532 352 FRANKLIN $28,642,660 $71,127 403 WINCHESTER $21,101,596 $70,128 301 WESTFORD $24,753,858 $69,319 357 FITCHBURG $23,137,984 $69,317 334 MANSFIELD $20,667,473 $68,892 300 MARSHFIELD $22,138,548 $68,434 324 BARNSTABLE $21,855,067 $68,127 321 WOBURN $24,287,549 $66,669 364 MARLBOROUGH $23,168,577 $66,443 349 CHELMSFORD $22,601,526 $66,416 340 NATICK $22,007,976 $66,070 333 MEDFORD $24,962,048 $65,192 383 READING $19,328,334 $64,129 301 MILFORD $19,954,136 $63,956 312 BILLERICA $25,362,376 $63,885 397 BRAINTREE $24,493,151 $63,652 385 AGAWAM $18,947,816 $60,750 312 ARLINGTON $17,536,715 $55,373 317

We will share newer data as soon as it becomes available.

ron johnson February 22, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Tyler, Actually it was me who mentioned your need to praise the current gov. I do agree with Anna though, if a HS kid cannot do better on standardized test including history, than I-MIke our schools are doing a sorry job. The stats are what they are a comparison among schools. My point is that for the most part public HS are lacking some of the basics and teachers teach to the average. And Tyler, I am looking forward to you trying to show off again, let's have more fancy terms and nonsense about Java, like it adds anything to the discussion.
Anna Bucciarelli February 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Ah, Tyler, I'm sorry if you are offended, it was not my intention at all. Fact of the matter is that you and I differ and while you think I chastise you, I think I am making conversation. The first comment herein, by I- Mike, asked specific ?'s re: what is being taught in schools ... interpreting his comment as political is your choice. True, however, he did become cantankerous as he usually does, but we have all come to expect that of him, have we not? Not a thing wrong, as I see it, if someone chooses to express their opinions. That said, I still do not see how this whole post requires political views by anyone ... note, I have not expressed my own. My original ? was about how is it that the per pupil cost has not risen in Chelmsford given the rise in costs everywhere else, including some salaries. Not that it matters extraordinarily, it just tweaks my curious nature and I'd still like to have an answer but doubt it can be given here. Truth is, I happen to agree with you that Math and Science are the subjects that rule the world but that doesn't mean we should not concentrate on what makes this country what it is, how it became what it is and how it all works. I think it's terribly important and should not be set aside or replaced. Tyler, in thinking I attack you, you in turn become nasty to me and it hinders intelligent/respectful conversation. I would really like to call a halt to this behavior ... truce?
Iron Mike February 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM
How little you know about me Ghost... I fully support Patriots who have different opinions, although I may call them 'fools' – or 'misguided', or 'ill-informed'....like liberals who think we can solve our $16.4 Trillion debt 'by taxing the rich and printing more money'. BUT, then there are the avowed and the stealthy socialists and communists among us – who are bent on destroying our Young Republic. When they want to destroy the country that over 1 million Americans have died for, - I call them TRAITORS! As for Obama – you are correct – I despise him! I'm not sure if he is a socialist, a communist, or just an utter fool, - but I'm now convinced after 4 years that he is not one of us. He is anti-American to his core. None of my antipathy for Obama have ANYthing to do with his color or his race. It's all about his anti-American politics. PERIOD!
kduffett46@comcast.net February 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM
To know more about what is taught,and the quality of the programs tune in: A message from CHELMSFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT The Chelmsford Public Schools announced today an ambitious new winter lineup of educational cable shows that combine a look inside the school department on Inside CPS, along with new comers - Literacy with Linda and Matthew with Matthew, as well as long-time favorites - Spotlight on Fine Arts and the Lions Pride. Highlights of the new schedule include an expansion of all daily airtime educational programming on CTM. The educational channel (CTM ED) can be viewed on Comcast 22 and Verizon 36. Literacy with Linda – Daily 8:00AM, 11:00AM, 2:00PM, and 5:00PM Math with Matthew – Daily 8:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:30PM, and 5:30PM Inside CPS – Daily 9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM, and 6:00PM Spotlight on Fine Arts – Daily 9:30AM, 12:30PM, 3:30PM, and 6:30PM Lions Pride – Daily 10:00AM, 1:00PM, and 4:00PM The announcement was made by Frank Tiano, Superintendent of Schools. "We've got a lineup of shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice,” said Tiano. “With all of the great work happening in our schools, we thank CTM for giving our shows the kind of airtime they deserve.” The Lions Pride is sponsored by the Chelmsford Rotary. For more information on the Rotary, please visit their website at http://www.chelmsfordrotary.org/ For more information on CTM (Chelmsford Telemedia), please go to http://www.chelmsfordtv.org.
Anna Bucciarelli February 28, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Finally had a good look at this .. thanks for pointing it out, it is far improved and covers a lot, for sure. But, even you will not that there is no mention re: current events, history, civics, social studies ... my question remains, why not? Please understand ... having had children in CPS and having worked for the CPS some years ago, I do believe that fine programs exist and good teaching occurs ... but not in the crucial subjects I favor, that I feel are of utmost importance in raising conscientious, contributing and caring American citizens. It's just very important to me .... that's all.


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