Standing at the podium during the recent rededication ceremony of the Stanley K. Landis Building in Coatesville, Chester County Intermediate Unit Board President Bonnie Wolff spoke with pride.
“It’s very hard on days like today to not fall prey to the cliché of ‘it takes a village,’” said Wolff, who has been on the CCIU Board for 14 years. “Even in a county as fortunate as ours, it is sometimes difficult to find and allocate the resources necessary to ensure that our children have the support they deserve.
“This is why I am so honored to be a part of today’s event. It is a true testimony to the spirit of cooperation among all 12 school districts to ensure that all of our students are provided with not only a world-class education, but the care they need to navigate the world.”
The SKL Building is named after Mr. Stanley K. Landis Sr. who was the last Chester County schools superintendent and the first executive director of the CCIU. At his very last meeting as executive director in 1977, the CCIU Board surprised him by naming the CCIU’s then-administrative building after him.
Today, the SKL Building is dedicated to secondary school-based mental health programs that provide a clinical and educational environment for middle school and high school students who have been diagnosed with a significant mental health disorder. The programs provide intensive group and individual therapy to students who require additional support to succeed in a regular school environment.
“This is a testament to the importance of mental health programs having a place in our school system,” said Dr. Jacalyn Auris, CCIU’s director of student services. “I am proud to be a part of the good work CCIU is doing to advocate for our children.”
“Today, we are here to acknowledge Stanley K. Landis’s lifelong commitment to the betterment of education for all children,” said Dr. Joseph J. O’Brien, executive director of the CCIU. “He will long be remembered and greatly appreciated, and it is with sincere gratitude that we recognize his outstanding contributions to the educational community of Chester County.”