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cent of constructive saving is, however, less than in any of the
fields of overhead expenditure.
Actual increase in teachers' salaries $63,951
Percent increase based on September, 1923, salaries 14.5%
Increase of 16.66% to equal pupil growth would have
increased teachers' salaries by 73,638
Salary increase under schedule 29,328
Increase which might have been expected on the
basis of September, 1923 102,966
Less actual increase 63,951
Constructive saving was, therefore $39,015
Which, in percent, based on the total constructive
cost of June, 1925, was 7.2%
The constructive savings in teachers' salaries shown above
were accomplished by the elimination of very small classes and by
increasing slightly the average number of pupils per teacher in
many of the rooms throughout the school system. It will be
noted, however, from the table of data that the increase in the
average number of pupils per teacher was but 2.04, and that with
this increase, the average number of pupils per teacher was but
26.87. The following table summarizes this information.
Sept. 1923 June 1925 Increase
Pupils 4796 5595 799
Teachers 193.06 208.23 15.17
Pupils per Teacher 24.83 26.87 2.04
It is easily seen that if the number of pupils per teacher had
been kept at the ratio of September, 1923, it would have taken
32 additional teachers for the increase of 799 pupils. As a matter
of fact, however, but 15 additional people were placed on the
staff. There was, therefore, a saving of 17 teachers, who, if they
had been added to the system, would have increased the annual
payroll by approximately $35,000.
Of course this average increase for all schools does not represent accurately the increase in the several classes of schools. In
the elementary schools the number of pupils per teacher was in-