2022: “Golden” for IU13!

January 3, 2022 By IU13 Communications

Lancaster, PA – Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) welcomes the new year by celebrating its 50th Year of Work Worth Doing!

Where We Began

The history of IU13 began in 1965 when the Pennsylvania General Assembly mandated that the State Board of Education prepare a plan for the development of intermediate units to replace the county superintendent of schools’ offices. This plan consolidated 67 county offices into 29 intermediate units. Five years later, on May 4, 1970, Intermediate Units came into existence of under Act 102. And a little over a year later, in July 1971, Intermediate Units across Pennsylvania opened their doors for the very first time.

What Is an IU?

People frequently ask, “What is an IU?,” or they think of an IU classroom they remember from their childhood. What most people are not aware of is that there are 29 intermediate units across the state, each operating independently yet working collaboratively to meet the needs of all students and to ensure that all schools have the tools and resources to help students reach their fullest potential.
Intermediate Units are entrepreneurial, highly skilled, technology-rich, and agile providers of cost-effective, instructional, and operational services to school districts, charter schools, and nonpublic/private schools. Every year, IUs support more than 50,000 educators and 175,000 students. Over the last 50 years, intermediate units have responded to a wide array of needs to support schools and communities across the state. Today, intermediate units continue to fulfill their mission of service by addressing traditional and emerging needs, and serving as an essential link for learning in Pennsylvania, and as a liaison between schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Celebrating Work Worth Doing

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

At IU13, these words of President Theodore Roosevelt often remind us that ours is “Work Worth Doing,” and in this golden anniversary year, it’s truly work worth celebrating, too! Over the next few months, IU13 will celebrate through revisiting our history and our continued service to local schools and beyond.

“This is an exciting time for IU13 and the other intermediate units across the state,” stated Dr. Brian Barnhart, Executive Director of IU13. “We are seizing the opportunity to reflect on our 50-year history of supporting education in Pennsylvania. This is a time to honor the foundation of IU13 and the culture of innovation that help us develop new solutions in support of education.”

It is also an opportunity to reflect on how, over the years, IU13 has expanded its reach by using expertise to provide products and services not only to Lancaster and Lebanon counties’ 22 public school districts, but also to nonpublic schools, education agencies, parents, preschools, adult learners, businesses, municipalities, and more. “Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing historical facts, stories, and highlights about the work of IU13,” stated Barnhart. Information will be shared through social media and the website iu13.org/WorkWorthDoing.

Do you have a story to share?

If IU13’s “work worth doing” has impacted you or a loved one, please contact us at communications@iu13.org. We’d love to hear your story.

Doing the math?

If you’re doing the math, you’re probably thinking “1971 + 50 years is 2021…” and you’re correct. The celebration was purposely delayed because of the pandemic. We hope you’ll forgive us and enjoy it anyway. smile emoji