Changes made by Ohio House Democrats to Gov. Ted Srickland's school-funding plan could result in the Bexley City School District losing more state funding.

Changes made by Ohio House Democrats to Gov. Ted Srickland's school-funding plan could result in the Bexley City School District losing more state funding.

Additional changes could be in store, district treasurer Chris Essman said, because Senate Republicans will look at the bill after it passes the House.

"The only impact on Bexley will be how much is the cut," Essman said.

The governor's plan calls for Bexley to lose 2 percent of its state funding. Revisions by House Democrats have Bexley losing an additional $1,561,237.

As long as the 2-percent ceiling stays in the budget bill, Bexley will be as "well off as we can expect," Essman said.

The biggest change made by House Democrats puts more emphasis on a district's property values.

"Really until the Senate looks at the numbers I am not sure we will have a clear idea of what we are facing," Essman said. "Long term, I do not see the state helping districts like Bexley."

Superintendent Mike Johnson said there has been some talk about stimulus money that could be used by the district, but it comes with strings attached and can't be used to balance a deficit or pay for salaries. The money has to be used for one-time expenditures, he said.

"If we commit to personnel than we are going to be required to maintain (personnel)," he said.

Johnson said the Bexley school district would be held harmless next year and see a 2-percent drop in state funding the following year.

State Rep. Nancy Garland (D-New Albany) said discussions have been facilitated by her office with Johnson, other school board representatives and Rep. Steven Dyer, chairman of the Primary and Secondary Education Financial Subcommittee.

"I am monitoring this issue," she said. "Bexley officials appreciated having direct input to the chairman of the committee."

Garland and Rep. Marian Harris (D-Columbus) also are holding regular meetings with superintendents and other school district officials in their districts.

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