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What is an ESC?

Last Updated: 10/27/2021 3:49 PM

What is an ESC?

We get this question all the time. In the next few minutes, I hope to shed some light on what an Educational Service Center is. A little background on ESCs in Ohio. Currently, there are 52 ESCs in Ohio. The Clinton County Board of Education was selected as the fiscal agent in 1968 by 18 school district superintendents. The 18 superintendents represented Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette, and Highland Counties. This was the former Hopewell Special Educational Regional Resource Center territory. Today the SOESC is recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as 1 of 16 regional fiscal agents for state support team work. In 1997 the Clinton County Board of Education, Fayette County Board of Education, and the Highland County Board of Education merged to form the Clinton-Fayette-Highland Educational Service District. Seven years later, Adams County/Ohio Valley Local Schools joined the ESC, and a year after, we changed our name to the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center. Currently, we serve ADAMS COUNTY -Adams County/Ohio Valley Local Schools, CLINTON COUNTY- Blanchester Local Schools, Clinton-Massie Local Schools, East Clinton Local Schools, Wilmington City Schools, FAYETTE COUNTY-Miami Trace Local Schools, and Washington Court House City Schools, HIGHLAND COUNTY-Bright Local Schools, Fairfield Local Schools, Greenfield Exempted Schools, Hillsboro City Schools, Lynchburg-Clay Local Schools. Twelve member school districts receive direct services through the ESC, and eighteen receive special education cooperative services through Region 14/Hopewell Center to Manchester in Adams County and five school districts in Brown County. A total of 24,500 students and 2400 teachers are provided support through our organization.

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