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



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 Fall 2016 AESD Dispatch.





AESD Conference Registration

The AESD Conference "Oceans of Change: Waves of Opportunity," will be hosted by NWESD, April 20-22, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lynnwood. Please see 2017 AESD Conference to view registration information and Fillable Form to complete the registration. More conference information can be found at

AESD Executive Board Meeting

The AESD Executive Board met February 13, 2017 following the WASA/WSSDA Legislative Conference in Olympia..Pictured below are superintendents and board members who comprise the AESD Executive Board: Front row (l-r): Carl Johnson, ESD 114; Bruce Wildfang, ESD 123; Superintendent Tim Merlino, ESD 112; Rob Beem, Puget Sound ESD; Cathy Meuret, North Central ESD; Superintendent Larry Francois, ESD 189; Rick Anthony, ESD 113; and Gene Sharratt, OSPI/AESD Network Executive Director of Network Initiatives. Back row (l-r): Superintendent John Welch, PSESD; Superintendent Mike Dunn, NEWESD 101; Superintendent Darcy Weisner, ESD 123; Superintendent Kevin Chase, ESD 105; Mark Grassel, ESD 105; Gary Coe, NEWESD 101; Merle Kirkley, ESD 189; Superintendent Dana Anderson, ESD 113; Superintendent Rich McBride, North Central ESD; Superintendent Greg Lynch, ESD 114; and Rainer Houser, ESD 112.

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

Hello Everyone,

I hope each of you have had a great summer. It doesn’t seem that Fall should be here so soon. I am sure you have heard that your AESD Executive Board will be meeting with the OAESD Board for the first time. This meeting is scheduled for November 9 at Multnomah ESD in Portland. We are excited about the opportunity to learn more about Oregon ESDs. Specifically, we hope to learn how we can support each other and provide new and better service to districts and students we serve.

At our meeting, September 19 at PSESD, we began discussing a vision and three to five year goals for our AESD organization. We will be looking at our previous AESD goals to decide either to keep them, delete some, and/or add to. Please let your AESD Executive Board representative know of any ideas for consideration. This will be on our agenda to discuss at our November meeting.

Marcia Fromhold and Jim Shoemake, our Legislative Liaisons, will be retiring at the end of this year. Melissa Gombosky will be transitioning with Marcia and Jim during this year and will take over for them after this year.
As I mentioned in the last Dispatch, we are faced with many challenges but with those challenges come many new opportunities. Please take the opportunity to reach out and connect with your legislators, both new and returning. Make it not only an ESD goal, but also a personal goal to call or meet with each one. It is critically important that they hear from each of us saying the same thing.

You are probably aware that there was a hearing before the Washington State Supreme Court concerning McCleary. As of this writing, we do not know if or what sanctions will be placed on the legislature. A decision should be coming shortly. Doesn’t it seem like we have been here before? This is another reason that each of us needs to contact all of our legislators, speak with one voice and explain the critical importance of funding basic education. In addition to the basic education funding issue, the levy cliff was also not dealt with. This may require districts to do two budgets next year and will cause drastic budget shortages. My, we have a lot to talk about with the legislators, don’t we?

I am looking forward to the beginning of a new year and I hope you are too. If you have anything you would like your AESD Executive Board to consider, please give it to your representative to bring to our meetings. Together, working as a team and one AESD Network, we can go farther than ever before.

Rick Anthony, Capital Region ESD 113
2016-17 AESD President

AESD loses a faithful servant

On September 22, Capital Region ESD 113 lost a board member and dear friend, Dr. Howard Coble. He was 91 years old.  Howard was a dedicated man with boundless energy and unstoppable curiosity.

 He was dedicated to his country, so he enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating from high school in 1943. He served mostly in Hawaii during World War II.

 He was dedicated to education for 60 years. While earning ever-higher degrees, Howard worked as a teacher, principal, director of elementary schools, superintendent, executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators and board member of Capital Region ESD 113.

 He was dedicated to his community, serving in Rotary, United Way, St. Peter Hospital Foundation Board, Board of Regents at Saint Martins College, Education Commission of the State under Governor Spellman and as a founding member of the Thurston County Roundtable.

 And he was dedicated to his family. Married for 68 years, he and his wife, Marilyn, raised three children. Once his children had children of their own, their holiday table often sat 16 family members.

 Those who knew Howard appreciated his wit as well as his wisdom. From the capitol to the classroom, he was a tireless advocate for what is right and good in public education. He made a clear mark on education in our state and believed in supporting the success of every child.