About the 112

About the 112 2017-12-06T16:04:52+00:00

Serving children, schools and their communities for almost 50 years

Who We Are

Who We Are

Educational Service District 112 is one of nine statutory regional service agencies in the state of Washington. Created by the legislature 43 years ago, ESDs ensure equitable educational opportunities for all students—urban and rural alike. ESDs are an essential partner in the efficient operation of Washington’s 295 school districts and provide millions of dollars in services to schools through cooperatives, trusts, and competitive state, federal and private funds.

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.

In addition to acting as a liaison between local districts and the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to deliver programs mandated by the state, Washington’s ESDs are public entities, which operate in a highly entrepreneurial fashion. We blend the benevolence of the public sector with the spirit and ingenuity of the private sector.

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Our Mission & Goals

Our Mission

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

Our Goals

  1. Support all learners in demonstrating high levels of performance and civic engagement.
  2. Anticipate and respond to changing needs through collaboration and strategic alliances.
  3. Utilize research and data to create, strengthen, sustain, and deliver quality programs and services.
  4. Engage the ESD, schools, and community through effective communication.
  5. Provide a work environment that values employees and creates opportunities for growth, contribution, and reward.
  6. Maintain fiscal integrity and manage resources to ensure our viability and capacity to serve.

What We Do

Scope of Service

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. That certainly is true at ESD 112, where almost 250 innovative programs have evolved over the past 43 years to meet the emerging needs of more than 100,000 students in 200 schools.

More than 600 ESD 112 professionals are positioned in 30 public school districts and more than 25 private schools in Southwest Washington’s six counties including Clark, Skamania, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Klickitat and Pacific. We also serve the Washington State School for the Blind and the Washington School for the Deaf, and assist with home schooling and other educational inquiries.

Our scope of services is wide and varied. It includes but is not limited to curriculum; instructional support and assessment; business operations; transportation; youth employment; printing; public relations; data processing; payroll; fingerprinting; network support; a statewide K-20 computer network; traffic safety education; construction management; preschool programs; homeless transportation; para-educator training; and special education.

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The National Perspective

The National Perspective

ESD 112 is similar to other regional support systems throughout the country working to stretch limited dollars over demands for ever increasing services. Our agency is part of a larger network of regional educational entities under the umbrella of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA). Nationwide, the value of these innovative service agencies has been emphasized by their inclusion in reauthorization language of federal school mandates and funding. One of the great strengths of ESDs is their ability to pool resources for the common benefit of students and taxpayers.

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.

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Our scope of services is wide and varied. It includes but is not limited to curriculum; instructional support and assessment; business operations; transportation; youth employment; printing; public relations; data processing; payroll; fingerprinting; network support; a statewide K-20 computer network; traffic safety education; construction management; preschool programs; homeless transportation; para-educator training; and special education.
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ESD 112May 18, 2018 at 9:30am
Happy to be recognizing so many amazing people and groups this morning at the WASA Awards who are doing great work in education.

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Recognizing our ESD Board of Directors

January is Board Appreciation Month, and we want to thank our board members who volunteer their time to govern ESD 112. These community leaders are deeply committed to the ESD and the school districts we [...]

ESD leadership shares priorities with federal lawmakers

Five leaders from ESD 112 represented Southwest Washington at the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESD) Call to Action Legislative Conference in late September. While in Washington D.C., Tim Merlino, Loy Dale, Mike Nerland and [...]

Three ESD 112 Board members to run for re-election

Three ESD 112 board members are up for re-election this fall. The election is for a four-year term beginning January 2018 through January 2022. Members up for re-election are: Rainer Houser, who represents Director District [...]

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