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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 Spring 2016 AESD Dispatch.





AESD Executive Board Meeting

The AESD Executive Board met September 19 at Puget Sound ESD. 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 new AESD President

First, I want to tell you how much of an honor and privilege it is to be your new AESD president.  I believe we are in the most challenging and exciting times in education.  The challenging parts provide us with new opportunities to help districts.  The exciting part is that ESDs are in a unique position to provide leadership and be a positive impact on educational staff and students.

Our theme at this year’s conference was “Growing Opportunities: A Mindset for Change”.  Next year’s theme is “Oceans of Change: Waves of Opportunity”.  Opportunities abound everywhere we look including the legislature, school safety, charter schools, safe technology, closing the educational opportunity gap, social/emotional development of children and many more.  It is truly exciting to be a part of education during these times.  As opportunities are all around us, I would like to place a challenge to all ESDs and board members to come up with one new opportunity in their ESD region where needs, value and the right conditions have all been researched.  A report would be given to everyone at next year’s conference.  I hope all accept this challenge. 

I would like to thank Gary Coe for his leadership, dedication and service to AESD these past two years as our president.  He has been a tremendous leader and our ESD network is stronger because of it.  In addition, I want to thank our three retiring ESD superintendents, Steve Myers, ESD 105, Bruce Hawkings, ESD 123, and Dr. Jerry Jenkins, Northwest ESD 189, for their leadership, dedication and service to AESD and the students of our state.  You were the trailblazers in making what our AESD is today.  You will be truly missed, but never forgotten. 
As we look at our challenges and opportunities, we will be measured by how we respond.  By working together as a united AESD team, as a united AESD network, I believe we will be successful in our efforts to serve the students of our state. 

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

Farewell Message from our 2014-16 AESD President


After spending the last two years planning and looking ahead I now have a chance to reflect.  Being a leader of such an amazing organization has been, without question, the highlight of my 30  plus years in education.  The opportunity to work closely with many of the top educators in our state has been a honor.  I got to witness first hand the dedicated effort our ESD Superintendents and their staffs put forth daily to provide quality educational opportunities to ALL students in our state.  Without question, the AESD network has been, and continues to be, instrumental in this effort.  Thank you for the experience.  I am humbled.

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.