Intermediate District Facts
What are intermediate school districts?Intermediate school districts are specialty school districts that provide defined student services to a group of regular “member” school districts. Minnesota has four Intermediate Districts (287, 288, 916 and 917) that serve more than 20,000 students annually in the areas of special education, area learning centers, career tech programs, and online learning. These four intermediate districts serve 45 member school districts.
Why do we have intermediate school districts?Sharing staff and resources is a cost-effective way for Intermediate member districts to provide highly specialized educational programs to students, families and school districts. Non-member school districts can access these programs and services as well.
How are intermediate districts different from other school districts?Intermediates offer more than 120 specialized educational programs and services to school districts in Minnesota with an emphasis on meeting the needs of its member districts. These are often specialized services that the member districts individually find difficult or too costly to provide on a smaller scale. For some services, students are referred by their district of residence. For others, students and parents can choose to enroll directly.
What additional services do intermediates offer?
Intermediates also offer a variety of other educational and administrative services such as itinerant staffing services, legal services, staff development, conference center, testing and assessment services, student accounting and billing services, supplemental educational services, document imaging services, joint purchasing services and fiscal agency services that help members be more cost effective.
How are Intermediate Districts funded?Intermediate Districts operate on a fee-for-service basis. Revenue to fund student services is generated by tuition billing.