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.


AESD Executive Board Meeting

The AESD Executive Board met November 19, 2015 in Bellevue.. To see the agenda, click on 11-19-2015 AESD Executive Board Meeting. To see 2015-16 events, click on AESD Meeting Calendar. The next AESD meeting is scheduled February 23, 2016, 12 - 3 p.m. at Puget Sound ESD.

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 2015 Fall AESD Dispatch.


Message from our AESD President


 As a new school year commences once again we anxiously await the next move in the ongoing McCleary debate.  It's difficult not to be frustrated with the apparent resistance by our legislators to fulfill the State's Constitutional mandate to "make ample (considerably more than adequate) provision for the education of all children within its borders" as their paramount duty.  It's not like that is a bad thing.

Since the inception of the lawsuit there have been large cuts to an already underfunded educational system.  I can only imagine what school districts might be facing today had it not been for the McCleary ruling.  It appears to me that much time and effort has been spent to minimally (or less) comply with the Supreme Court's ruling.  If these efforts can be refocused on the challenge at hand - How can we amply fund schools so that every student in Washington has equal access to a quality education? - I'm confident a solution can be found.
I have great respect for our State's elected officials and call on them now to accept their responsibility and willingly work together to accomplish this charge.  The future of our children is at stake.

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.