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Gov. Kasich's Ohio school-funding totals released

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio school districts will see varied adjustments to their state funding allotments under a newly proposed school-funding plan.

Under Governor Kasich's proposal, no district will see a funding cut.

There are allotments for more than 600 districts, including adjustments to compensate for differences in income, in addition to gifted education, special needs, English language learners and early childhood access.

Cincinnati Public will see a 7% boost, or $8.8 million funding increase.

Princeton City Schools will get a 25% increase in the targeted funding.

"We appreciate his efforts," said Princeton City Schools Superintendent Gary Pack. "It's tough when you're in a recession and trying to figure all these things out."

Pack was in Columbus when Governor John Kasich announced his funding plan to superintendents from across the state.

"Since there was not any communication to local school districts, or local school boards of what to expect... People in the room were surprised to say the least," Pack recounted.

He is worried, however, the numbers send the wrong message.

"People in our community are going to say ‘Oh my gosh we just passed a levy, passed a bond to build a brand new school and now you guys are getting 25 percent [increase in] money'," he worried. "First of all, it's proposed. We haven't received anything yet."

He points out there are still nearly five months until the state budget has to be finalized.

While Princeton has nearly $650,000 dollars in additional funds for targeted students headed their way, Dr. Pack argues it still doesn't make up for the 40 percent cut he says they were hit with in 2010.

"We're still about two and a half million dollars short in the state funding from what they took two years ago," the superintendent told FOX19.

Dr. Pack says the additional aid makes up just one percent of the district's $60 million budget.

"It gets us back close to where we were, but it's not equal funding," he said.

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