The bottom line says Carroll County is doing this for less than the average annual cost of educating the youth in Virginia.
At the Nov. 9 meeting of the Carroll County School Board, annual per pupil expenditures were reported, coming in at more than $1,000 less than the state average of $11,315 for Fiscal Year 2009.
In 2009, the cost per pupil in Carroll County totaled $10,175. The 2010 number is estimated at $9,897 and the 2011 estimate is $9,282.
The county also pays less than average per student. In 2009, Carroll County contributed $2,267 versus the average county contribution of $5,504.
Twice in recent years, two Carroll schools — Fancy Gap and Oakland — were recognized as national Blue Ribbon Schools. In 2009-2010, eight of 10 Carroll schools made Adequate Yearly Progress according to Virginia Standards of Learning. The two schools that did not missed AYP by one of 29 indicators.
Carroll County Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith said all of these figures show the students in the county are getting a quality education for less.
“We’re very pleased with the positive correlation that we see when you compare the per pupil expenditure with the academic performance of the students,” Smith said. “We are most certainly getting the very best value out of the expenditures out of the Carroll County Public Schools.”
Smith said no one person is responsible for making this so, and everybody with a role in the school system plays their part well.
“Credit goes to the teachers, the building principals and the support staff members that work in direct contact with our students,” Smith said. “They all contribute to the successes of the school system and have a direct impact to student achievement.”