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School district comparison story corrected

Editor’s note: An article published in last week’s edition of the Lake Oswego Review drew some faulty comparisons between the Lake Oswego School District and statewide averages for 2011-12 recently reported by the Oregon Department of Education. Here is an updated version of that story:

In 2011-12, while LOSD employed five district administrators (executive director of secondary programs, executive director of human resources, executive director of finance, executive director of elementary programs and executive director of special services), the ODE only classified the superintendent, assistant superintendent and special education director positions as district administrators.

For that reason, the proportion of LOSD district administrators for 2011-12 was 1.75 FTE (full-time equivalent), or 0.27 percent of a total of 639.3 full-time employees, compared to the statewide percentage of 0.72.

LOSD employed 18 FTE school administrators, or 2.81 percent of 639.3 total FTE employees. This was just slightly more than that of the state, 2.56 percent.

The total number of FTE teachers in the district last year was 334.85. However, ODE took into account only those teachers regularly engaged in instruction. By this standard, the total number of FTE teachers in LOSD in 2011-12 was 309.5. As such, the proportion of teaching staff relative to total staff in LOSD was 48.4 percent, compared to 26,873 out of 60,908.03, or 44.12 percent, of FTE positions held by all Oregon school employees.

In 2011-12, the Oregon average actual salary of teachers was $56,958, which was $1,030 less than the $57,988 average LOSD teacher salary, taking into account three furlough days.

“One of the factors that infuences that is that our average teacher experience in terms of number of years is also higher than the statewide average,” said Stuart Ketzler, LOSD executive director of finance, adding that salaries might be proportionate to the cost of living in a dense city.

LOSD teachers had an average of 13.4 years of experience, compared to 13.1 years by the rest of the state, and LOSD administrators had 20.17 years of experience on average, while the rest of the state had 19.1 years.

Though the statewide proportion of teachers who were minorities in 2011-12, 8.39 percent, was more than double that of LOSD’s 4 percent, LOSD employed slightly more female teachers (71 percent) and administrators (50 percent) than the statewide averages of 69.96 percent female teachers and 44.78 percent female administrators.

“We don’t know what race people are; no public entity is going to ask for race, marital status, anything like that,” said LOSD Director of Human Resources Mary Kaer. “We just look at our applicants and their resumes and choose the best people.”