S of Services A to Z


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Preparation Program

Eileen Weaver, Ed.D.
Supervisor, Non-Public School Services

SAT prep courses prepare students to take the scholastic aptitude test - the examination used by the majority of colleges in the United States to evaluate a student’s academic readiness for post-secondary education. Classes are held after school in the fall, spring, and summer of each year in multiple locations.

School-Based Mental Health Services

Sue Lombardi
Supervisor, Clinical Treatment Programs

This program provides school districts with local audits, program development, direct specialized mental health and/or social competence services, clinical supervision, and program development for school-based mental health services. Services are arranged through collaborative planning.

School Board Member Inservice

Mary Jeanne Curley
Director of Communications

This service provides training programs to keep school board members and administrators informed on current educational topics and issues, such as: education legislation, tax reform and collective bargaining. Programs are scheduled on an as-needed basis. An annual meeting with area legislators is conducted in cooperation with the Chester County School Boards Legislative Council.

School District Purchasing & Procurement Program

Sharon Fremont
Purchasing Manager

This service provides school districts with assistance in complying with legal requirements for school purchasing and procurement. Services include: bid development and administration, product specifications, bid analysis, assistance with ongoing purchasing, and supply management.

School Improvement Planning

Dara Kline
School Improvement Facilitator

The CCIU works with school improvement team members from districts and schools to develop an effective plan. School improvement technical assistance is organized to provide teams with a data-driven, researched-based framework. Schools/districts define their goals and objectives for improving student learning and select strategies/measures to improve the effectiveness of the instruction.

Adequate yearly progress, EMetric, and PVAAS data is collected, analyzed, and used to identify areas for school/district improvement. The process of alternating specific practices and policies in order to improve teaching and learning involves a study/inquiry process by the school/district team. Teams use relevant data to identify the root cause, choose/develop an action plan, identify their desired outcomes, and reflect on the action plan’s design. Lastly, the team articulates its commitment to providing the appropriate time and resources to ensure the success of the improvement plan.


Andrea Vaughn
Project Manager

These programs provide employers and school districts the opportunity to develop partnerships.

Career Awareness:

  • Career talks 
  • Workplace and industry tours 
  • Techies Day
  • Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT)

Career Exploration:

  • Job shadowing 
  • Summer Career Academies
  • Educator in the Workplace

Career Preparation:

  • CareerScope Assessment 
  • Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR)

Self-Insurance Benefits Program Management

Joseph P. Lubitsky
Director of Administrative Services

This program assists school districts in forming self-insured healthcare benefit consortiums. Services include:

  • Structure in the consortium
  • Interfacing with insurance companies and consultants
  • Data collection
  • Payment and claim administration
  • Employee benefit orientation programs

Special Education Support Services

Jacalyn Auris, Ed.D.
Director of Student Services

The CCIU provides the following special education support services to school districts:



  • - Administrator on Assignment
  • - ACCESS Billing
  • - Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • - Captioning for the hearing impaired
  • - Captioning/interpreting for the deaf/hearing impaired
  • - Community-Based Instruction Services
  • - Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Training
  • - Drug and Alcohol Partial Hospitalization Program
  • - Instructional Assistant (full or part-time)
  • - Interpreter for the hearing impaired
  • - Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program
  • - Travel Training
  • - Personal Care Nurse/Assistant
  • - Psychiatric evaluations, including bilingual
  • - Psychologist Services
  • - Reading Specialist Services/Evaluations
  • - School Refusal Program - Attend
  • - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • - Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
  • - Special Education audit services
  • - Special Education class placements
  • - Speech and Language Services
  • - Staff Development through Training and Consultation (TaC)
  • - Telepractice Services
  • - Vocational placements and assessment 

Special Education Transportation

Paul K. Thompson, Jr.
Director of Operations

The CCIU provides transportation at significant savings to participating districts for special education students throughout and beyond Chester County. Door-to-door transportation arrangements vary from large buses to specially-equipped vans.

Special Events


CCIU conducts, sponsors and coordinates programs and projects that enrich and enhance teaching and learning in schools. Current services, events, and activities include:

  • -Chester County Academic Competition (Grades 9-12)
  • -Chester County College Fair (Grades 9-12) 
  • -Chester County Knowledge Bowl (Grades 6-8)
  • -Chester County Spelling Bee (Grades 5-8)
  • -Chester County Student Forum (Grades 9-12)
  • -Chester County High School Art Festival (Grades 9-12)
  • -Chester County Kids Voting (Grades K-12)
  • -Martha E. Yerkes scholarship (Grade 12)
  • -Chester County Middle School Forensics Tournament (Grades 6-8)
  • -PA Academic Competition (Grades 9-12)
  • -Regional Academic Competitions (Grades 9-12)
  • -Chester County Shakespeare Festival (Grades K-12)
  • -Chester County Summer Adventures Camp and Activities Fair (Grades K-12)
  • -TCHS Technology bowl (Grades 9-12)

Speech/Language Program - Preschool Special Education

Catherine B. Doran
Supervisor, Speech & Language Services


In the speech/language preschool special education program specialized instruction is provided to children, aged three to five years old, who exhibit significant delays in the areas of speech and/or language development as indicated on their Individualized Education Program. Parents are provided with strategies, interventions, and information to support their child's progress. Please see our Preschool Special Education Services page for more information. 

Speech/Language Program - School-Age

Danielle Hawkins
Supervisor, Speech & Language Services
Supervisor, Special Education

In the speech/language school-age program specialized instruction is provided as mandated on a student’s individual education plan. Speech/language clinicians assist students in remediating or compensating for speech and language deficits that affect the student’s education. Classroom teachers are provided with strategies for working with students who have speech/language deficits.

In addition, evaluations are available as a separate service, and include the evaluation and a written report. Follow-up consultation and participation in special education program planning can also be provided at an hourly rate.

Summer Career Academies

Andrea Vaughn
Project Manager
Summer Career Academies provide a wide range of enrichment and career exploration opportunities to students during the summer months. One-week academies at school-based locations are held in June, July and August for students entering grades sixth through ninth. Each academy addresses specific interests ad skills including STEM, Skilled Trades and the Arts. Academies are funded by student tuition.