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Northern Michigan School Trying to Change Intermediate School Districts

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A Northern Michigan school district is facing an uphill battle by proposing to change intermediate school districts.

The rare move is stirring up controversy in Crawford County.

Crawford AuSable School District is in the process of trying to leave the COOR ISD to join a different one.

COOR covers schools in Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon Counties.

Greg Bush, the COOR ISD superintendent says, "This is not common in the state of Michigan, so this is a huge issue that would impact students, it would impact the voters of our community and it would impact the economic development."

Crawford schools has a $15-million budget and believes their funding could receive as much as $3-million boost if they're part of a different ISD.

Joe Powers, Crawford AuSable School superintendent says, "Because COOR is the 2nd lowest funded ISD out of the 56 in the state, that means we are the 2nd lowest funded schools in the state and our kids deserve as much as other kids do."

The ISD will be bringing in attorneys to go over the legal matters before making a decision. For this to go into effect, COOR ISD would have to release Crawford and a different ISD would have to accept them. The Crawford AuSable School District put in place a target date of 18 months for another ISD to accept their offer.

9&10's Katie Boomgaard and photojournalist Tony Zyber have more details on the process to make a switch like this.