2014 AESD Annual Conference: Never more important than NOW!

NEWESD 101 hosted the 2014 AESD Conference, April 10-12 at the historic Davenport Hotel and Tower.

The conference theme, “Never more important than now,” focused on the growing and essential role of ESDs in the Washington education system.

The conference examined local innovations and explored the challenges and solutions ESDs face as individual organizations, and as a statewide network.

The Davenport is an elegantly restored, four-diamond hotel that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

AESD Executive Board Meeting: July 1, 2014

The AESD Executive Board met Tuesday, July 1 in Spokane following the AWSP/WASA Summer Conference. The AESD Executive Board Retreat is scheduled September 23 at Puget Sound ESD, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. For a printable calendar of meetings scheduled this year, click on AESD Master Calendar. To go the web page, click on 2014-15 AESD Network Master Calendar.

AESD Executive Board Meeting: April 10, 2014

The last AESD Executive Board was held Monday, April 10, in Spokane before the 2014 AESD Conference.

Pictured to the left during the AESD meeting are Jim Shoemake, AESD Legislative Liaison, and Dr. Mike Dunn, superintendent of NEWESD 101, who served as 2013-2014 ESD Superintendent President.







See AESD Accreditation (menu on the right) for information from Barbara Peterson, Puget Sound ESD, and Helene Paroff, ESD 101.

Message from our new AESD President

After retiring from a career in education I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to become a member of the NEWESD 101 Board. I was immediately impressed (and continue to be) with the range and scope of services and support provided by our ESD. Even more impressive was the ability of the administration and staff and their desire to do the best job possible for the schools and children of our region. Now, after having the opportunity to connect with the other ESDs, it is apparent that these talents and that desire exist throughout our state.

The really good news is that over the past few years these abilities have been pooled into a network and are working in concert to enhance educational opportunities for the children of Washington. Despite the wonderful job being done and the huge gains that have been made, much work remains. It truly is “Never more important than NOW!” We are positioned as a statewide network to be instrumental to assist in fulfilling our State’s PARAMOUNT duty....the education of our children. Let’s seize the moment! I very much look forward to the coming year and working with all of you.

~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.

2013-14 AESD President's Farewell Message

I am just back from the conference in Spokane hosted by NEWESD 101. This conference was excellent from start to finish. The venue at the Davenport Hotel was so beautiful and breath taking you didn’t want to leave. Dr. Michael Dunn, his board and staff did a superb job. It was difficult to choose what breakout session to attend because the topics were timely and information that we need to know now.

We have new officers for our association. They are Gary Coe from NEWESD 101 as president and Howard Coble from ESD 113 as vice-president. Thank you to these two fine men for stepping up in these positions.

I was so pleased and honored to present the President’s Award to Dr. Jim Shoemake and Marcia Fromhold. Jim and Marcia, as a team, have gone above and beyond in their efforts to tell our story to our legislators and the Office of Public Instruction. They have made a huge difference in how we are perceived in Olympia and throughout the state.

My year as president has gone so quickly. Meeting board members and staff of ESDs from around the state has been so much fun. Each of our ESDs is unique in its own way but have one thing in common -- wonderful board members and staff. Working with the members of the Executive Board and learning from their expertise has been personally rewarding.

OESD 114 is hosting the conference in 2015 at the Clearwater Resort in Suquamish, Washington. Our theme will be “Diversity.” We are hard at work to provide you with a great conference. Please mark your calendars.

~Karen Sorger, 2013-14 AESD President
OESD 114

ESD 112 hires new Superintendent

Dr. Twyla G. Barnes, who has served as Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of Educational Service District 112 for the past 20 years, has announced plans to retire September 30, 2014. The board accepted her retirement letter during its regular monthly meeting on February 24. According to ESD 112 Board President Steve Wrightson, the board engaged in a national search for a new leader, with plans to hire a replacement by July 1, 2014. The timeframe provides a three-month leadership transition.

“More than anything else, the engagement with the districts we serve has been most gratifying for me,” said Barnes. “I can honestly say, I have treasured coming to work every single day with opportunities to work side-by-side with extraordinary educators,” she added.

Tim G. Merlino has been named to fill the Superintendent/CEO position vacated by Twyla. A 28-year veteran of ESD 112, Merlino is the agency’s chief financial officer. He is expected to begin his new duties July 1. Current ESD 112 Superintendent Twyla Barnes, who is retiring September 30, will work with Merlino over the next three months to ensure a smooth transition, said Lori Simpson, ESD spokeswoman.

Merlino frequently testifies before the state Legislature on issues and challenges that affect schools. He served on the statewide committee that developed the new Basic Education Funding formula, House Bill 2261, that defines the funding for the ­McCleary decision. He served on a statewide committee to create laws surrounding school district dissolution, House Bill 1431.

Merlino developed the Construction Services Group that assists districts statewide with school facility needs. He oversees a team of fiscal experts who provide business management services to 13 districts.

In 2006-2007, he completed the Association of Educational Service Agency’s Executive in Residence Program, designed to prepare leaders for ESD superintendent roles.

~from The Columbian





ESD Updates

A big Thank You from NEWESD 101

NEWESD 101 extends its heartfelt thanks to all who attended our 2014 AESD conference in Spokane.


ESD 105 HU105 Program

A couple of expansions are coming to the innovative teacher preparation partnership that ESD 105 and Toppenish’s Heritage University have been coordinating since the fall of 2010.


Child care consortium named best in Clark County

The Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC) has been named BEST Child CARE Center in Clark County by The Columbian. Serving children and families in our community for the past 25 years, SWCCC is the largest community-run child care system in the United States.


How One Child’s Passion for Octopuses Shaped a Curriculum

How do octopuses eat? This simple question, and the unceasing inquisitiveness of a four-year-old boy, created a fascination that spread throughout the classroom at Friendly Grove Head Start/ECEAP Center in Olympia.


OESD Celebrates Five “Schools of Distinction”

Five schools within the Olympic ESD 114 region have received the “School of Distinction” award for student achievement. They were recognized for steady improvement on test scores for standardized state exams in reading and math over the past five years.





PSESD Board of Directors Welcomes Dr. Ashby as Newest Member

Frank Y. Ashby was appointed to the Puget Sound ESD Board at the March 19, 2014 Board Meeting. Dr. Ashby fills the vacated position of Mr. Charles Staadecker.


ESD 123 P-3 Institute and Full-Day Kindergarten Symposium

123 is proud to present the 6th Annual P-3 Institute and Full-Day Kindergarten Symposium, taking place August 4-6, 2014 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA.


Rich McBride takes the helm of AESA

Central ESD is proud to announce that Superintendent Rich McBride recently began his term as President of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), the national ESD organization.


Making Content Accessible for ALL Learners

Last spring, we surveyed over 1,000 regional educators. The results indicated the ‘accommodation of all learners’ and ‘working with English Language Learners (ELL)’ as areas of high need for professional learning, so folks from the NWESD Teaching and Learning department took action.



AESD Mission Statement

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