Interim Superintendent

Charis McGaughy


On behalf of the South Coast ESD, I welcome you to our district and community. Our school district is pleased and proud to serve Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties. The ESD serves approximately 16,000 students from Birth to 21 years in the areas of special education and curriculum and professional development as well as technology and business support services to school districts. We are also very fortunate to provide a variety of programs such as early childhood special education, Career Technical Education, English Language Development, Migrant Education and Youth Transition Programs.

I am honored to serve as the South Coast ESD Interim Superintendent. South Coast ESD has a long-standing tradition of excellence in service, and a deep commitment to equity and ensuring all students succeed. We are led by a responsive and deeply committed Board of Directors. I am privileged to work alongside such a talented and dedicated group of professionals.

Please take the opportunity to explore our website to learn more about our organization and the services we provide. If you have any questions or we can be of any assistance, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the staff.

Dedicated to Improvement

South Coast Education Service District (SCESD) is dedicated to organizational and personal professional improvement in order to meet the needs the students, families and school districts we serve. Achieving this target requires common goals and objectives, a robust accountability system and a positive professional culture. To that end, SCESD has developed:

  • a Long Range Plan [PDF] with data collection tools and evaluation cycles,
  • a Continuous Improvement Plan [PDF] with planned organizational activities,
  • a governing design system that allows for board and staff involvement,
  • an Equity Plan [PDF] to meet the needs of all students, families and community members.


These tools allow SCESD to focus our improvement efforts, prioritize our investments and obtain the outcomes that we believe will increase access, break down barriers and ensure that every student with their unique skills, abilities, and background experiences can learn, grow and achieve personal success.