School district staffing: a closer look

Boise State Public Radio posted an interesting article today, about public and private employers across the state. It’s definitely worth a look, since Emilie Ritter Saunders worked up a cool and clickable map that lets you see the top five employers in your county.

I got interested in her findings, gleaned from data submitted to the Idaho Department of Labor in 2013. So I started looking at the employment impacts of public schools.

And that’s interesting too. A few highlights:

  • A public school district ranks as one of the top five employers in all 44 counties.
  • As Saunders already pointed out in her article, a school district is the top employer in 16 counties. Most of these are smaller, rural counties, but there are exceptions — such as Canyon County, where the Nampa School District is the biggest employer.
  • In some cases, school districts hire more workers than some prominent private-sector employer. For instance, both the Bonneville and Idaho Falls school districts hire more employees than Melaleuca Inc., and the Coeur d’Alene School District hires more employees than Hagadone Hospitality.
  • In 10 counties — including Ada, Canyon and Bonneville counties — school districts accounted for two of the county’s top five employers.

Here are the county-by-county results for school districts, with county rankings and employment figures in parentheses).

Ada: Meridian School District (third, 4,200-4,299 employees); Boise School District (fourth, 3,700-3,799 employees).

Adams: Council School District (fourth, 50-59 employees); Meadows Valley School District (fifth, 40-49 employees).

Bannock: Pocatello School District (second, 1,500-1,599 employees).

Bear Lake: Bear Lake School District (second, 150-199 employees).

Benewah: St. Maries Joint School District (third, 150-199 employees).

Bingham: Blackfoot School District (fourth, 500-599 employees).

Blaine: Blain County School District (second, 600-699 employees).

Boise: Basin School District (fourth, 70-79 employees); Horseshoe Bend School District (40-49 employees).

Bonner: Lake Pend Oreille School District (first, 600-699 employees).

Bonneville: Idaho Falls School District (first, 1,300-1,399 employees); Bonneville Joint School District (second, 1,300-1,399 employees).

Boundary: Boundary County School District (first, 200-299 employees).

Butte: Butte County School District (fifth, 70-79 employees).

Camas: Camas County School District (second, 40-49 employees).

Canyon: Nampa School District (first, 1,500-1,599 employees); Vallivue School District (fifth, 800-899 employees).

Caribou: Soda Springs School District (third, 100-149 employees).

Cassia: Cassia County Joint School District (first, 700-799 employees).

Clark: Clark County School District (second, 40-49 employees).

Clearwater: Orofino Joint School District (first, 200-299 employees).

Custer: Challis Joint School District (third, 90-99 employees); Mackay Joint School District (fourth, 40-49 employees).

Elmore: Mountain Home School District (second, 400-499 employees).

Franklin: Preston School District (first, 300-399 employees); West Side School District (third, 100-149 employees).

Fremont: Fremont County Joint School District (first, 300-399 employees).

Gem: Emmett Joint Independent School District (first, 400-499 employees).

Gooding: Wendell School District (third, 150-199 employees); Gooding Joint School District (fourth, 150-199 employees).

Idaho: Mountain View School District (second, 150-199 employees).

Jefferson: Jefferson County Joint School District (first, 500-599 employees).

Jerome: Jerome Joint School District (first, 400-499 employees).

Kootenai: Coeur d’Alene School District (second, 1,300-1,399 employees).

Latah: Moscow School District (second, 400-499 employees).

Lemhi: Salmon School District (first, 150-199 employees).

Lewis: Kamiah Joint School District (second, 150-199 employees).

Lincoln: Shoshone Joint School District (second, 90-99 employees).

Madison: Madison School District (second, 700-799 employees).

Minidoka: Minidoka County Joint School District (first, 500-599 employees).

Nez Perce: Lewiston Independent School District (fourth, 700-799 employees).

Oneida: Oneida County School District (first, 150-199 employees).

Owyhee: Homedale School District (third, 150-199 employees); Marsing School District (fourth, 100-149 employees).

Payette: Payette Joint School District (fourth, 200-299 employees); Fruitland School District (fifth, 200-299 employees).

Power: American Falls Joint School District (third, 200-299 employees).

Shoshone: Kellogg Joint School District (third, 200-299 employees).

Teton: Teton County Joint School District (first, 200-299 employees).

Twin Falls: Twin Falls School District (third, 1,000-1,099 employees).

Valley: McCall-Donnelly School District (fourth, 150-199 employees).

Washington: Weiser School District (first, 200-299 employees).

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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