The Terrebonne Parish School System gets a lot of good from the money it spends.
Its spending per pupil is among the lowest in the state. But its results are admirable.
Terrebonne Parish schools cost taxpayers $10,339 per student. The state’s average is $12,453 – more than $2,000 more than Terrebonne.
But the cost isn’t indicative of what students are getting.
The district’s most recent performance score was considerably higher than the state average. That is a commendable combination of fiscal responsibility and excellent returns.
“What that tells me is that we’re being very efficient and very effective with the money that we do have,” Superintendent Philip Martin said. “Funds are tight, but we really are doing more with less. We’re not a high-spending district. We don’t have a lot of the resources other districts have. We live within our means, and we’ve also been able to have some fairly significant successes while living within our means.”
Martin is right. The school system is doing all it can to instill confidence and trust in the taxpayers who foot the bill.
These are tough times in south Louisiana, times that have seen far too many of our friends, neighbors and family members lose jobs because of the slowdown in the oil industry. This isn’t the time to be frivolously spending scarce public resources. Instead, it is time for our public agencies to do as much as they can with the little they have – just like the rest of us have to do on a daily basis.
Terrebonne’s schools are a great example of doing just that – while making students, parents and teachers proud of the outcomes we are seeing.
We have far too many reminders of wasteful government practices that should concern and anger the taxpayers. Here is an excellent instance of just the opposite, a public agency that is getting the most from the dollars it spends.
The school system should be a watchful steward of the public’s money, and Terrebonne is proving that it is more than up to the task. Our schools are often on the wrong end of rankings and lists. This is a proud moment when the local schools are showing the rest of the state just what can be accomplished – even in the toughest of times.
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