Education Service Districts (ESDs) originated in Oregon’s first laws establishing a system of public schools, and throughout the history of the state, governance and statutes concerning the mission of ESDs has remained constant:
“Education Service Districts assist school districts and the State of Oregon achieving Oregon’s education goals by providing excellent and equitable educational opportunities for all Oregon public school students.”
Today, there are 19 ESDs serving Oregon’s 36 counties. South Coast ESD is ranked 13th in size and serves the region of Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties. Our service area includes the beautiful southern Oregon coast from Reedsport to Brookings as well as inland areas from Coquille to Powers.
ESDs provide services in the following core areas:
1. Services for children with special needs;
2. Technology support;
3. School improvement;
4. Administrative and support.
*Other services may be provided if approved in a local service plan.
With the primary service goals:
1. Improve student learning;
2. Enhance the quality of instruction;
3. Provide professional development to component school district employees;
4. Provide students equitable access to resources;
5. Maximize operational and fiscal efficiencies for component school districts
SCESD provides services to 10 local school districts and approximately 16,000 students. There are about 125 staff members serving as teachers, education specialists, grant and special programs staff, support staff and administrators. We are highly dedicated professionals whose passion is to support and serve our students, their families and the community.
SCESD provides services to students from birth to age 21 both within the school districts in our region and within our organization through the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Education Program. These services align with the purpose of ESDs and include special education services, instructional supports to local school districts, implementation of grant programs and technology and administration supports. Please visit our program pages for more information!
What is a Local Service Plan: Each ESD, with their component school districts, must annually develop a Local Service Plan which determines how the State School Funds (SSF), will be used. Ninety percent of the SSF revenue received by an ESD is subject to this process.
The Local Service Plan determines programs and services that the ESD will offer its component districts for the following fiscal year. The Plan must include services from at least the following categories:
• Special education
• School improvement
Using a Resolution Process, at least two-thirds of the school districts in an ESD, representing more than one-half of the student population, must approve the Local Service Plan.
South Coast ESD has a staff of 119 serving approximately 16,000 students in the region. Our organization’s vision is “Together We Can” and focuses on four guiding principles: Quality Service, Professionalism, Growth and Sustainability.