ESD Return on Investment

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.

The ESD Return on Investment

THE NINE ESDs received $5 million from the state in 2013 to cover state-mandated services, ESDs leveraged core funding into over $212 million of needed services for students, schools and families in Washington. STABLE “CORE FUNDING” ultimately generates revenue and educational services at no additional cost to the state.

Core funding constitutes just 2% of the ESD revenues statewide. For every $1 in core funding, ESDs returned $42 in educational programs and services—or $202 per every student in Washington! Without the small amount of core funding for ESDs, student services would decrease and costs to the state would increase.

​ESD 112's Core Funding Return on Investment 2012-13

At the local level, ESD 112 meets the unique needs of our schools—at a significant cost savings to districts and the state. ESD 112 leveraged the 2012-13 state investment of $490,060 (core funding) to provide more than $64.5 million in programs and services to the region’s 30 school districts:

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Legend—Funding Source Terms
State / Agency Contracts
OSPI / other state agency contracts for school district services (i.e. nursing corps, transportation, special education, early childhood services, etc.)
Payments for Cooperative Programs
School districts “pooled” funds for services (i.e. data management, special education, risk, science materials, insurance, etc.)
Federal Sources
Competitively gained contracts/grants (i.e. Head Start, youth employment, special education, school improvement, etc.)
Payments for Other Programs
Local districts / other governmental contracts / foundation grants for specific education services (i.e. speech, hearing, construction, etc.) / other philanthropic awards
Local Sources
Workshop and certification fees, contracts to perform specific work for local entities
Annually Legislated Appropriation
Purpose is to fund regional support structure of nine Educational Service Districts to perform statutorily / legislatively mandated services and programs; to support 295 school districts’ in sharing funding to reduce costs; and to generate additional revenue for districts.

Nine ESDs. One Network.

As one in a network of nine ESDs located geographically throughout the state, we provide state mandated services such as fiscal grant management, special education and transportation, personnel services such as certification and fingerprinting, curriculum services, inservice training and assessment, budget reviews, programs for juveniles, school boundary reviews (resolution of disputes), professional conduct investigations and a variety of other statutory obligations. In addition to these state-mandated services, we bring millions of additional dollars to our state’s education system through cooperatives, trusts and federal, state and private grants.

Washington ESDs Core Funding Return on Investment 2012-13

ESDs ​actually subsidize state-mandated programs by generating funds to deliver innovative services in early childhood education, curriculum/instruction improvement, technology, special education, insurance pools/ trusts, math, science and literacy support, school construction, substance abuse prevention, drop-out programs, emergency communications and personnel cooperatives.

Combined Washington ESDs 2012-13 Revenues

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Legend—Funding Source Terms
Federal Sources
Competitively gained contracts/grants (i.e. Head Start, youth employment, special education, school improvement, etc.)
State / Agency Contracts
OSPI / other state agency contracts for school district services (i.e. nursing corps, transportation, special education, early childhood services, etc.)
Payments for Cooperative Programs
School districts “pooled” funds for services (i.e. data management, special education, risk, science materials, insurance, etc.)
Payments for Other Programs
Local districts / other governmental contracts / foundation grants for specific education services (i.e. speech, hearing, construction, etc.) / other philanthropic awards
Local Sources
Workshop and certification fees, contracts to perform specific work for local entities
Annually Legislated Appropriation
Purpose is to fund regional support structure of nine Educational Service Districts to perform statutorily / legislatively mandated services and programs; to support 295 school districts’ in sharing funding to reduce costs; and to generate additional revenue for districts.