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      Lucas & Wood Co. schools could get more money from state budget

      According to Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), chairman of the Senate Finance Education Subcommittee, Lucas County school districts "stand to gain as much as any county in Ohio in the state budget bill to be decided Thursday in the Ohio House and Senate".

      In a press release, Gardner said that "according to state aid estimates for the next two years, every school district in Lucas County, with the exception of Toledo, is projected to receive a 6.25% increase in 2013-14 and 10.5% the following year."

      Gardner added, "Toledo will receive the maximum percentage increase in the 2013-14 school year (6.25%) and then 4.39% in the 2014-15 school year. These percentages translate into $12,379,910 more this coming year and an increase of $9,242,445 in the second year of the biennium."

      In Wood County, five school districts are scheduled to receive the capped maximum increases, including Bowling Green, Lake, Northwood, Perrysburg and Rossford but the amounts were not specified in Gardner's announcement.