Capital Area Intermediate Unit

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The Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) is an Intermediate Unit based in Summerdale, a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The administrative office is located at 55 Miller Street, Enola, East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. It serves a portion of central Pennsylvania counties, including: Cumberland County, Dauphin County, the northern portion of York County, and Perry County. CAIU15 offers services to: 24 school districts and 2 area vocational technical schools by providing programs and initiatives, which can be found here. It is also known by its IU number, IU #15. In addition to funding from local districts, CAIU applies for: private, state and federal grants. The CAIU 15 received more than $17.1 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in general operating funds in school year 2009-2010. From 2007 through 2011, Amy Morton was the Executive Director.[1]

The organization is governed by a board of directors and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as well as, the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Each member public school district elects a local board member to also serve on the CAIU board. The CAIU administration develops a budget each year which must be approved not only by the CAIU board, but also by the boards of the majority of its member school districts. CAIU levies no taxes. However it can levy fees for services like its drivers education program. CAIU funding comes from fees charged to member districts for the plethora of services it provides, which include: professional development, curriculum mapping, special education services, speech and hearing services and many others. In 2014, the Executive Director is Mrs Cindy C Mortzfeldt (contract January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017). The Assistant Executive Director Dr. Lori Brunner salary $125,000 effective July 1 2014.[2] The Business Manager is Mrs Theresa Kinsinger.[3]

CAIU15 operates Capital Area Online Learning Association which is an online learning program operated in association with the local public schools.[4] CAOLA offers specific careers and professional training. In 2014, the program severed 2,500 pupils in the region. Students remain enrolled in their local public school district while taking courses online. The school reports a 92% completion rate.[5] In 2014, the program was offered in twenty-one public school districts and public charter schools. It also partners with in several other intermediate unit regions, including: (eLearn21 (IU 21); Lancaster Lebanon Virtual Solutions (IU 13); LCS (IU 18); NOLA (IU 19); VLINC (IU 17)).[6]

In accordance with PA Act 89 of 1975, CAIU offers many of its services to local non-public schools. In 2013, approximately 10,000 students residing in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties attend non-public schools.[7] The CAIU contracts with area public school districts to provide remedial reading to eligible Title I students attending non-public schools.

Member public school districts[edit]

Administration team[edit]

  • Cindy Mortzfeldt, Executive Director
  • Dr. Rhonda Brunner, Assistant Executive Director
  • Alicia McDonald, Director of Student Services
  • Theresa Kinsinger, Director of Human Resources and Communications
  • Brian Griffith, Director of Curriculum Services
  • Mark Hennes, Supervisor Special Projects,
  • David Martin, Director of Technology Services
  • Daren Moran, Business Manager


In November 2011, the Pennsylvania Auditor General conducted a performance audit of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. The findings were reported to the School Board and the Intermediate Unit’s administration.[8]

Budget and Reserves[edit]

The 2014-2015 budget is $4,927,845. The CAIU held an additional $3,338,525 in reserves in June 2013.[9] The organization reports 36 administration staff members in 2014.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jan Murphy (January 19, 2011). "Capital Area Intermediate Unit executive director Amy Morton resigns post". 
  2. ^ Barbara Miller (February 10, 2014). "West Perry School District superintendent leaving for CAIU job". 
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Ed Name and Addresses, July 11, 2014
  4. ^ CAOLA administration (2012). "Capital Area Online Learning Association". 
  5. ^ CAOLA administration, Student Success is the goal, 2014
  6. ^ CAOLA administration, CAOLA members, 2015
  7. ^ CAIU Administration (2013). "Aid to non-public schools". Archived from the original on 2013-12-28. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (November 2011). "Capital Area Intermediate Unit Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Performance Audit Report". 
  9. ^ CAIU Business Office (2014). "CAIU General Operating Budget 2014-15" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14.