The Chester County Intermediate Unit: Supporting education across the county

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times I’ve driven by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Boot Road campus dozens of times.  Except for attending a Forensics (Speech and Debate) competition there once and knowing my neighbor provided CCIU-contracted early intervention services in area homes, I knew nothing else. Apparently, I am not alone in my ignorance.

Dinniman announces $970K in education grants for Chesco

State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that two early childhood education organizations were awarded more than $970,000 in total state funding to expand pre-kindergarten programs in Chester County. “Quality early learning programs can help ensure that kids stay on the right track in school, their careers, and life,” said Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee....

Officials celebrate opening of Gordon Early Literacy Center

The Gordon Early Literacy Center celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. COATESVILLE – Standing at the podium during the September 21 dedication ceremony of the Gordon Early Literacy Center in Coatesville, State Representative Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) spoke with pride.  “This building has been involved in so many levels of education,” said Representative Lewis, a Coatesville...

CASD eyes 2.1% tax hike, deal with CCIU for Gordon

Proposed increase in line with Act 1 limits By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times Editor’s Note: Due to subsequent information, the tax increase rate, which was shown as 3.1% in some preliminary materials, was changed in the story to reflect the more accurate 2.1%. We apologize for the confusion. CALN – As a final proposed budget was approved to be displayed and advertised to the...

Agencies partnering for ‘Get It Done Day’

Residents invited to get connected, get enrolled, get informed  Need help with employment, health, finances, or housing? A group of service and benefit representatives from a variety of organizations will be on hand Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for “Get It Done Day.” The event will be held at the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, 501 E. Miner St., West Chester, and transportation...

Letter: CASD board member addresses CCIU issue

To The Editor, I want to correct a number of misconceptions surrounding the School Board’s decision to not engage the CCIU in our search for a Superintendent.  The following represents my opinion and has not been endorsed by either the Board or the District. The Board had, in fact, anticipated utilizing the services of the CCIU in our search.  However, during our interview with them, CCIU personnel...

CASD board rejects CCIU for superintendent search

Board members said to be ‘uncomfortable’ with soliciting public input Updated: 6:45 p.m., adds comments from Tonya Thames Taylor By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — Not so fast, it seems. Less than two weeks after announcing that it would use the Chester County Intermediate Unit to perform a search for a new superintendent of schools, the Coatesville Area School District Board...

Armed robbery reported on Thursday night

Victim told police four young males came up behind him on N. 3rd Ave. On Thursday at 11:15 p.m., a 46-year-old male said he was walking in the 100 block of North Third Avenue when four young black males came from behind and struck him in the head with what he believed was a gun, Officer Jonathan Shave reported. The victim said he was kicked as his cellphone and wallet were taken; he said the thieves...

New kiosk offers food and hope

CCIU venture in government services building offers opportunity for students, food options for county employees By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County officials celebrate the opening of the County Cup in the lobby of the county Government Services Building in Westtown. The new kiosk, offering light lunch options and hot and cold beverages, opens today. From left, celebrating the ribbon cutting:...

Program aims to be page-turner for families

Sen. Andy Dinniman is shown reading with his dog, Henry, for the brochure on the summer reading program. Summer reading program to be held in Coatesville and West Chester “Splash into Summer Reading 2012,” a program developed in conjunction with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the Chester County Coalition for Public Education, will serve hundreds of Chester County children and their families...