The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District plans to give out fewer dollars this year to local schools, like Traverse City Area Public Schools, for special education.
This funding is extra money for schools, drawn from the Intermediate School District's fund balance – and doesn't affect the many services provided to school districts by the ISD.
But Paul Soma, superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools, says the ISD is not giving enough money to local schools.
He says the ISD is sitting on tens of million of dollars, which should be spent on special education classrooms.
"Our fundamental issue is that those dollars are not serving the needs of the children of our region while they're sitting in a bank account of the ISD," says Soma.