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...

Summer Adventures Camp and Activities Fair, Jan. 15

The 2015 Summer Adventures Camp and Activities Fair set for January 15 will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore camps, activities and local vendors and decide what will make for a fantastic summer. Pictured here, are attendees of last year’s fair. DOWNINGTOWN — Jump start your summer planning on Thursday, Jan. 15 with a night of food and fun at the Chester County Summer Adventures...

Second County Cup opens at Justice Center

Dr. Joseph O’Brien, Executive Director, of the Chester County Intermediate Unit cuts the ribbon to open the second County Cup location, this one at the county’s Justice Center, as staff and various luminaries, including County Commissioners Ryan Costello (left) and Kathi Cozzone (right) look on. WEST CHESTER — By ordering something as simple as a cup of coffee or a ham sandwich, customers...

Parents protest closure of CCIU wildlife program

Program dropped due to low enrollment; nine TCHS students impacted By Nicole Brown, Staff Writer, The Times As of the end of this school year, the Wildlife and Natural Resource Management (WNRM) program at the Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) will be cut due to low enrollment for the past five years — leaving the remaining students in the program to find other options for the...

New kiosk dishing out food as well as 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...

Amid praise, Annand resigns from Kennett school board

Honored for her hard work, steady presence during 26 years on KCSD board By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barry Tomasetti presents a gold key to Shirley Annand, who announced her resignation from the school board Monday night. Annand had been one of the longest serving school board members in Chester County. KENNETT — Shirley...

Students cultivate vegetables and pride in community garden

The tomatoes were ripe for the picking in the community garden planted by Oxford’s 21st Century Community Learning Center this summer. Eleventh-graders Mayra Qiuroz and Ariana Luna, along with teacher Dana Vannicola, harvested the fruits of their labor, a portion of which will be donated to the Chester County Food Bank. OXFORD – Pride and self-sufficiency have also sprouted among the tomatoes,...