The AESD Network : Nine ESDs. One Network. Supporting Washington's Schools and Communities




See information about the 2016 AESD Conference on the ESD 105 website 2016 AESD Conference


To see photos from the 2015 conference, please see 2015 AESD Conference




The Association of Educational Service Districts provides local solutions with statewide support

Stronger together, the nine ESDs are united in a shared goal - to help all students succeed.

Washington's ESDs are increasingly depended upon to provide essential services for School Districts and communities, and to help OSPI implement legislatively-supported education initiatives.

Washington ESDs serve:

1,051,653 students
295 School Districts
2,393 Schools

AESD Mission Statement

Provide coordination to enable clear and appropriate communication between ESD Boards as a means for sharing ideas of common interest.


Click on AESD Network Accreditation to view the new AESD Network Accreditation website, hosted by NWESD189. See more details by clicking on Accreditation menu on right.

To read more news from Washington State ESDs, see Winter 2016 AESD Dispatch.





AESD Executive Board Meeting

The AESD Executive Board met April 7 at ESD 105 during the 2016 AESD Conference. Please click on the picture below to view a new video "Have you Heard of Educational Service Districts?" approved by the AESD Executive Board.

Have You Heard of Educational Service Districts?

Message from our AESD President


 I hope everyone wintered out OK and you are preparing for our much anticipated conference in Yakima a short two months from now.  As you probably know, at that conference the membership will consider an amendment to our AESD Constitution.  The amendment, if approved, will lengthen the terms of President and Vice-President to two years and replace the position of Past-President with a President Emeritus (any Past President of the Executive Board would be eligible). The proposed amendment would also eliminate the preference that the President and Vice-President come from different sides of the State.

With the enhanced role of the AESD Network in working with our various partner agencies, coupled with more active involvement in agency decisions by the Executive Board, a more intentional focus on the role of Board leadership seems appropriate.  For the guy on the outside looking in (Legislature/OSPI/Gates, etc.), creating this kind of CONSISTENCY and INTENTIONALITY is critical...familiarity/relationships, etc. all hinge on someone being in the leadership role long enough to be connected to the AESD and our work.  There was additional concern about the six-year time commitment under the proposed amendment, hence, the Emeritus position.

The Executive Board has discussed the proposal over several meetings and gathered input from all nine ESD Boards before approving this for consideration by the general membership.  Again, a special note of thanks to Gordon Griggs for his stellar work in guiding and crafting the language for this proposal.
I look forward to seeing you in Yakima!

Gary Coe, 2015-16 AESD President


Gary Coe is a lifelong Washington resident, is married with two sons and 7 grandchildren. He retired from a 31-year career in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director and high school principal. He is a U.S. Army veteran and earned a BA in Economics from WSU, as well as an MA in School Administration from Whitworth. Some of his career highlights include: Induction into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame; 4 terms as league president; twice named District 7 Administrator of the Year; AWSP Principals Rep Council; WIAA District Board of Control; WIAA Executive Board; Board member and past president of NEWESD 101 Board; AESD Board member.