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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 Winter 2017 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 has had a great beginning beginning for 2017.

As mentioned in the last Dispatch, we were going to meet with our Oregon ESD colleagues on November 9th. That meeting went very well with over forty in attendance. We learned a lot about how we each operate and are funded. I believe everyone felt it was a very worthwhile meeting.

A small group met at the AESA Conference to discuss possible next steps. This year and next, we will look at the possibility of collaborating on federal grants, ESDs developing individual partnerships, developing operating principles between states, attending each other’s annual conferences and the possibility of helping Oregon develop their own network. As some of these unfold, I will keep you informed.

We have talked about updating the AESD goals. The four goals we previously had were condensed and merged into three to continue. These are:
1. Develop strategic relationships
2. Grow the network and increase services
3. Tell our story

At our next meeting in February, we hope to start developing smart goals from these so they can be evaluated. In addition, we may add one or two others. It is my hope this project will be completed by our April meeting.

I am sure you all have seen the budget the governor has sent out for educational funding. I would again like to stress the importance of each of you contacting your legislators. We all need to be heading in the same direction and speaking with one voice.
Lastly, I want to let you know that on December 13th, your AESD recognized Randy Dorn for his eight years of dedicated service to the children of this state and for his unwavering support of ESDs.
As always, if you have anything you want the AESD to discuss, please let your representative know. May 2017 be the best ever for the AESD and for each of you personally.

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.