What is an Intermediate Unit?
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit is one of 29 Intermediate Units formed by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1971 to provide support to local school districts. Created to replace the County Office of Superintendent, intermediate units provide special services as needed by the educational community in their service area. Through cooperation and collaboration among schools and community agencies, intermediate units work to provide innovative, responsive and cost-effective programs that save taxpayers millions of dollars annually. Pennsylvania’s intermediate units provide direct and indirect classroom support to more than two million students and nearly 147,000 school professional staff in Pennsylvania.
While there are 29 intermediate units in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, no two intermediate units are alike. Each is uniquely shaped by the region it serves and the needs of its member school districts. Each IU performs a number of roles. Intermediate unit employees are simultaneously vendors, service providers, grant writers, financial and management specialists, researchers, advisors, advocates and facilitators.
Today, the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit provides a vast array of effective and efficient services that meet the educational and social service needs of Montgomery County’s 200-plus schools, including the 22 public school districts, more than 150 nonpublic schools, four career-technical schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Montgomery County Intermediate Unit services are provided through nine offices: Business Services; Community and Government Relations; Executive Director; Human Resources; Non-public School Services; Professional Learning; PaTTAN; Technology; Student Services.
Funding sources include state subsidy, government and foundation grants, contributions from districts and fees for service. Its administrative staff is led by an executive director/chief executive officer, an assistant executive director of instruction, and a chief financial officer. The executive director/CEO provides leadership and direction with cabinet members representing each of the nine offices. The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit is governed by a 22-member board of directors composed of representatives from each of the 22 component school districts in Montgomery County.