St. Mary Parish Schools, Louisiana

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St. Mary Parish Schools is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, St. Mary Parish was the 21st-largest school district in Louisiana and served 9,439 students.[1]

About the district

St. Mary Parish Schools is located in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.
St. Mary Parish Schools lies in southern Louisiana in St. Mary Parish. The seat of parish government is Franklin. St. Mary Parish was home to approximately 53,543 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[2]


St. Mary Parish underperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 10.7 percent of St. Mary Parish residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.4 percent for Louisiana as a whole. The median household income for the parish was $40,738 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 20.3 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race St. Mary Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 61.8 63.5
Black or African American 32.7 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.9 0.8
Asian 1.7 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.2 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Mary Parish[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 9,450 13,885
2008 9,345 13,183
2004 9,547 12,877
2000 9,851 11,325

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


St. Mary Parish Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[5]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $71,038,000 68% $4,516,000 4.3% $27,809,000 26.6% $1,181,000 1.1% $0 0% $104,544,000
Averages: $71,038,000 68% $4,516,000 4% $27,809,000 27% $1,181,000 1% $0 0% $104,544,000