Services

Administration Services

The administration oversees and manages all programs of the intermediate unit. Working with the board of education, Superintendent Advisory Council, and program directors, the administrators direct the total IU9 operation and staff in providing services in the four-county region.

The office of the Assistant to the Executive Director provides technical assistance to districts in the following areas:

  • Contracted transportation services
  • Workshops for school board members, administrators, and other non teaching school personnel
  • Training sessions for business managers on accounting and PIMS (PA Information Management System) reporting
  • Liaison services for the IU9 Virtual Academy
  • Participate in negotiations with Seneca Highlands Education Association and Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Education Association

The assistant to the executive director administers the coordination of medical insurance premiums for all schools within IU9 through the Insurance Trust and Premium Stabilization Fund. This cost-plus financial arrangement with Highmark Blue Cross began in 1982 with approximately 2000 employees enrolled in Blue Cross and Blue Shield at an annual cost of $810,000.

Today, the Trust insures 1,456 employees enrolled in Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Major Medical, Prescription Drugs, and Dental Insurance at an annual expense of $22,283,427.

Management Program

The Office of Management Services provides technical assistance to districts in the following areas:

  • Provide negotiations information to school administrators and solicitors
  • Participate in negotiations with Seneca Highlands Education Association and Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Education Association
  • Negotiate property and casualty insurances for the IU and CTC
  • Monitor and coordinate use of IU-owned and leased vehicles to maximize use of IU resources
  • Purchase school and custodial supplies through a cooperative purchasing venture
  • Facilitate telecommunications and internet funding reimbursement through the E-rate process
  • Comply with state and federal regulations governing such things as asbestos, underground storage tanks, hazardous substances, disposal of medical waste and computer equipment, Americans with Disabilities Act,
  • HIPAA, and Integrated Pest Management Plans
  • North Central PASBO Group - Comprised of business managers in all districts, meeting monthly

The director of Business and Management Services also oversees the operations of the business office, including payroll and benefit administration, cash management, budgeting, accounts payable and receivable, audit coordination, and all state and federal financial reporting for Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit IX and the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center.

Pupil Personnel Program

Psychological and/or consultative services for non-exceptional students and Equitable Participation evaluations.