Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit

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Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 (CLIU), located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County USA, is one of twenty nine Intermediate Unit Educational Service Agencies created by an Act of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania in 1971. CLIU provides services to 14 public school districts, non-public schools in its service region and two Vocational-Technical schools in Carbon County and Lehigh County. The agency has no taxing power. Its revenues come come: federal grants, state grants, private grants, annual payments from each public school district in its region and charges to individuals for some services like driver's education.[1] The agency provides many services including specialized special education services and training for teachers to meet their state mandated continuing professional education with some offered online.[2] CLIU21 also operates a Librarians' Consortium for librarians from public libraries, private libraries, school libraries and higher education librarians.[3]

The CLIU serves as a coordinating agency for the purpose of bringing together several school districts, vocational schools, businesses, higher education and community groups.[4] The agency is governed by a board made up of one member from each participating public school districts. The members are appointed from the sending school board's elected members. Each local school board reviews and must approve the intermediate unit's annual budget in the spring of each school year.

Dr. Elaine E. Eib is the Executive Director (contract April 17, 2014 - April 17, 2018, salary $149,972 in 2014).[5][6][7] Kimberly A. Talipan serves as the Assistant to the Executive Director (salary $140,349 in 2015).[8] Employees of all Pennsylvania Intermediate units are members of the PSERS state teacher pension system. The teacher and administrator retirement benefits are equal to at least 2.00% x Final Average Salary x Total Credited Service. (Some teachers benefits utilize a 2.50% benefit factor.)[9] After 40 years of service, Pennsylvania public school teachers and administrators can retire with 100% of the average salary of their final 3 years of employment.

The agency serves:

Region served[edit]

Map of Carbon County, Pennsylvania public school districts Showing public school districts served by CLIU
Map of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania public school districts Showing public school districts served by CLIU

CLIU Business Office[edit]

The CLIU Business Office is the fiscal agent for all revenue and expenditures made by the CLIU. The Business Office oversees approximately 50 different budgets totaling in excess of $80 million.[12] In addition, the Business Office is also responsible for all the external reporting to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also the Federal government for the various programs and budgets of the CLIU.


  1. ^ CLIU Administration (2016). "Student Driver Education Program". 
  2. ^ CLIU Administration (2015). "Continuing Education Programs". 
  3. ^ CLIU Administration, Librarians' Consortium, 2015
  4. ^ Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit Administration (2017). "Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit Serving Districts". 
  5. ^ PA Association of Intermediate Units, About the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, 2016
  6. ^ John Finnerty (March 17, 2016). "School middlemen bring home surprising pay". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2017). "ED Names and Addresses". 
  8. ^ Commonwealth Foundation (2015). "Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit payroll report". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (2014). "Your PSERS Benefits & Leaving Employment". 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2017). "Career and Technical Education". 
  11. ^ PDE, ED Names and Addresses, 2017
  12. ^ Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit Administration, General Operating Budget, 2014

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