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:
AESD Executive Board Retreat
The AESD Executive Board met September 23 at Puget Sound ESD for their annual retreat. For a printable calendar of meetings scheduled this year, click on AESD Master Calendar. To go to the web page, click on 2014-15 AESD Network Master Calendar.
See AESD Accreditation (menu on the right) for information from the AESD Accreditation Team. To read more news from Washington State ESDs, see 2014 Fall AESD Dispatch.
Message from our AESD President
Summer is officially over and fall has “fell.” More than one million Washington students are enrolled in nearly 2,400 schools serviced by our ESDs. This service is not only valuable, but critical to many districts. In 2013, at a cost of just over $5 million from the state coffers, ESDs were able to leverage and provide services to districts and students valued at over $212 million. That’s $42 in educational services and programs for every $1 of state core funding. Without this funding student services would necessarily decrease and overall costs to the state and local taxpayers would increase.
We often hear criticism of today’s educational system. I believe this criticism is sorely misplaced. From my perspective as a former student, teacher, school principal and parent, it is apparent that today’s student receives an overall better education than at any time in our state’s history. Behind this education is an ESD. Working independently and collectively as a network, our ESDs not only efficiently provide necessary day-to-day services but are also at the forefront of innovative change; providing the knowledge, training and support necessary to make these changes systemic.
To my fellow ESD board members and to the administration and staffs of all nine Washington ESDs – I congratulate you on a job well done. It is true that the education of our children is the paramount duty of our state. We can be proud of our role in this endeavor.
~Gary Coe, 2014-15 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.
AESD Templates and Documents
AESD Role, Strategic Plan and Constitution