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How ESD 112 Works
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ESD 112 work reflects three focus areas: operations expertise, student success and healthy communities. For the past four decades, ESD 112 has been a key educational partner in creating and delivering programs that benefit schools, children and their communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington.

Our service region spans 30 school districts, two state schools and numerous private schools. We also provide additional services to districts throughout the state in partnership with Washington’s eight other Educational Service Districts. Through the facilitation of partnerships, cooperatives, state and federal grants and fee for service work, ESD 112 helps districts leverage resources to achieve program efficiency and cost savings.

Our programs and services have been replicated throughout the country as innovative and productive. Our approach achieves the highest levels of effectiveness and efficiency.

Features and Announcements

Gene Sharratt selected as AESD/OSPI Executive Director of Statewide Initiatives

ESD 112 and the other eight ESDs across the state have a new leader to help guide the work of the state’s Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD).

Dr. Gene Sharratt has been selected to serve as Executive Director to lead key statewide educational initiatives for the AESD/OSPI Network. Dr. Sharratt, who currently serves on Governor Inslee’s Cabinet as the executive director for the Washington Student Achievement Council, will assume his new position on July 1, 2016. He replaces retiring Director Ian Grabenhorst who has provided key leadership to the AESD/OSPI Network Initiatives since 2014.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Sharratt is bringing his skilled leadership and expertise to AESD,” said ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino. “His knowledge of education initiatives in Washington state and beyond will be a tremendous resource as he works to convene leaders across our state to champion key education initiatives.”

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Our Purpose and Our Focus

Our purpose, as envisioned by state lawmakers in 1969 when ESDs were created, remains the same today:

  1. To help districts pool their resources to maximize education dollars and realize cost savings;
  2. To create equal educational opportunities for all children of Washington, whether they live in districts large or small, rich or poor, urban or rural.
  3. To bring greater efficiency to school district operations through creative program development and partnerships

Our focus assures support on two fronts: teaching and learning support to help strengthen instruction and improve student achievement; and operations expertise to help support district management functions.

In collaboration with district and community partners, ESD 112 has the expertise and infrastructure to build programs and services quickly—and at an affordable price.

Our breadth of service is broad and diverse – from early learning, professional development and data coaching, to construction management, transportation and insurance. ESD 112 operates more than 250 programs and services.

Profile of ESD 112

A small investment by the state produces huge dividends for education. After more than four decades of service to schools in six Southwest Washington counties, ESD 112 remains focused on quality service.

Together with the urban and rural districts we serve, we are able to leverage a small amount of state funding to build effective, cost efficient and innovative programs that help districts save money and leverage resources.

Association of Educational Service Districts Report
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Read the 2016 Report to Our Partners  Inside you’ll find information about the ESD’s purpose, accomplishments and commitment to students, staff, families and communities in Southwest Washington.


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The ESD 112 Mission

ESD 112 equalizes educational opportunities for learning communities through innovative partnerships, responsive leadership, and exceptional programs.