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Callahan, John, 1865-1956 / Wisconsin rural school survey : report of Finance Survey Committee
([1926])

Chapter III. School costs,   pp. 9-18 PDF (1.8 MB)

Page 11

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WISCONSIN RURAL SCHOOL SURVEY                         11
TABLE 8
Total Cost of One-Teacher Schools in Seven Counties in Wisconsin
Scale in Fifty Dollars                        Schools
650- 699 -------------------------------- - - - 1
700- 749 ------------------------------ - - -  1
750 -   799  ----   ---------------- ----------- 12
800- 849 _-----------------_--- - - -    24
850- 899 ------------------------ - - --   28
900- 949 _-------------_-_-_--- - - --   55
950- 999 _                   --------       56
1000-1049 _-_-----          -   -   --       74
1050-1099 ----------------------- - - --   64
1100-1149 - _-------        -   -   --50
1150-1199 _                --------          43
1200-1249 _-------                           59
1250-1299 _            --------- - - --      41
1300-1349 - _-----          -   -   --       35
1350-1399 - _-------                         20
1400-1449 - _----     _---- -   -   -        21
1450-1499 _ __-              ------          16
1500-1549 _-------------    -   -   -        23
1550-1599 ----------------------- - - --   12
1600-1649 - _--------                      5
1650-1699 ----------------------------- - - -  8
1700-1749               ----- 6
1750-1799 _ _------                        4
1800-1849               ----- 7
1850-1899               -----6
1900-1949 _---------------      -   -   -    5
1950-1999             ----                  2
2000-2049   _     _-----2-- - -         -    2
2050-2099                          -1
2100-2149 _---------            -   -   -    4
2150-2199                             _- --            2
2200-2249               -----2
2250 and over         - ---12
Median \$1138
Total - ___-----_-706
Attention is called to the fact that there is a wide distribution of
costs,
regardless of the basis of computation, although in every case the salary
of a single teacher is the major item of expense. The median cost in-
creases when enrollment and the average daily attendance are made the
basis of computation. The curve of distribution changes with the index
used.  Disregarding the two extremes, the total cost of a one-teacher
school runs from \$800 annually to about 81,600, a range of 200 percent.
The median cost per census child is \$28; per child enrolled, \$48; per child
in average daily attendance, \$61. The active range of costs per census
child is \$10 to \$60, a variation of 600 percent.  The extremes of the
distribution of costs per child enrolled are \$15 and \$85, a variation of
over
500 percent; of costs per child in average daily attendance, \$20 to \$100,
again a variation of 500 percent.

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