Established July 1, 1971, the Intermediate Units replaced the County Offices of Education. By legislation, all 501 school districts in Pennsylvania belong to one of the twenty-nine Intermediate Units.
The primary purpose of the Intermediate Unit is to provide an organization through which school districts can work cooperatively to provide services which they cannot afford or prefer not to provide individually. By providing certain services cooperatively, districts can avoid duplication of personnel, building space, instructional materials, and equipment. The Intermediate Unit also has been assigned responsibilities by the Legislature and by the Department of Education.
Intermediate Unit Nine is the Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania which replaced the Offices of Education of Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter Counties. It serves 15,761 public school students in fourteen school districts and 1,673 non-public school students in nineteen schools. Intermediate Unit Nine covers an area of 3,300 square miles with a population of 105,102.