Spending per pupil at Trico Community Unit School District 176 is up 7 percent from five years ago, according to a Carbondale Reporter analysis of district finances.
The Illinois State Board of Education 2016-17 report card shows the Jackson County school district spent $8,799 per pupil in 2012-13. It spent $9,421 in 2016-17.
The district saw its enrollment fall over the same period, from 1014 to 994.
Trico's spending in 2016-17 was 27 percent lower than the state average of $12,973.
Trico Community Unit School District 176 student spending 5-year trend
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly calculated the school district's spending per pupil. The Illinois Report Card reports per-student spending in two figures: instructional spending, which refers specifically to interactions between teachers and students, and operational spending, which refers to the total cost of operating the district and includes instructional spending. This story has been corrected to include only operational spending per student.