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Washington Educational Service Districts 

Celebrate 40 Years of Service

In challenging economic times, it is increasingly vital to find ways to make resources stretch as far and as effectively as possible. No one does this better than Washington’s nine regional educational service districts (ESDs), which for 40 years have been creating efficiencies and quality services for schools and school districts throughout the state.

When lawmakers enacted landmark legislation authorizing ESDs in 1969, they dramatically strengthened the state’s ability to provide effective, comprehensive and economical education programs for all children. The ESD regional system of delivery is an essential link in Washington’s education system, helping to improve equity and access for the state’s one million public school students.

A reception will be held February 24 in Olympia for Washington’s Educational Service Districts, marking their achievements over the past 40 years and recognizing their strong potential for even greater success in the future. Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire has issued a proclamation honoring the significant contributions of ESDs to children, schools and communities over four decades.

40 Years of Savings for Schools

ESDs realize millions of dollars annually in savings for schools by providing valuable services through cooperatives, grants, and partnerships with schools, higher education, and public and private agencies.  Districts chose to work together with ESDs, pooling their money and sharing resources to gain efficiency and to provide higher quality services for their students.

ESDs create 97 percent of their funding through entrepreneurial efforts. For each $1 in state core funding invested in ESDs, more than $50 worth of educational programs and services is created for schools.

40 Years of Vital Local and Statewide Services

Each of the nine ESDs positioned across the state design individualized services and programs to meet the emerging and unique needs of their communities, whether remote, rural, suburban or urban. They provide dozens of programs and services to nearly 1 million students in more than 2,000 public schools in 295 school districts. They also serve thousands of preschool children, their families and service providers, and hundreds of private schools.

State leaders and educators depend on ESDs to also create and deliver effective statewide initiatives and programs in early learning, staff development, student instruction, technology, administration and finance services. Now more than ever before, Educational Service Districts are serving as regional hubs for critical services that address the many challenges and opportunities that face our schools and communities.

Statewide programs include:

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Our ESD’s programs include:

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Reception at the State Capitol February 24, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
State Reception Room
Capitol Building, Olympia, WA

See Commemorative Program for more details.

Washington’s Educational Service Districts culminated a year-long celebration of their 40th anniversary by hosting a reception on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. The event took place in the State Reception room off the Rotunda in the Capitol Building in Olympia.

State educational leaders, legislators, ESD and school district boards and staff, and other public and private partners in early learning and K-12 education gathered to recognize and celebrate the many contributions ESDs have made to public education over the last four decades.

Hosted by the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the program included a special video message from Governor Chris Gregoire, and remarks from Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen (invited), Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, Representative Kathy Haigh, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. For pictures from the event see ESD Anniversary Reception. For Governor Gregoire's proclamation about the ESD Anniversary, see Washington State Proclamation.

The state’s nine ESDs are:

ESD 101: Spokane
ESD 105: Yakima
ESD 112: Vancouver
ESD 113: Olympia
Olympic ESD 114: Bremerton
Puget Sound ESD: Renton
ESD 123: Pasco
North Central ESD 171:
Northwest ESD 189: Anacortes