Wednesday, June 5, 2013


In their annual comparison of the 98 school districts across Western New York, Business First looks at youth poverty rates as a means of determining expected performance.

The least impoverished district in WNY is Clarence at 5.14%. The poorest is Buffalo at a smidge under 39%.

What's surprising is that Royalton-Hartland -- a significantly rural district with very limited economic development beyond agriculture -- is the 17th least-poor district in the area, coming in at 10.35%, which isn't far behind #12 Amherst at 9.4%.  

A double-digit percentage is unacceptable; that means 150 Roy-Hart students are living in poverty. BUT, if there's a silver lining on that dark cloud, it's the fact that our district is one of the best-off in all of Western New York, by a significant percentage.

You can see the report here: