Regular business hours:
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Through our cost-effective uses of leveraging resources and creating cooperatives, ESD 105 brings this region about $30 in services to schools for every $1 in state core funding our agency receives.
As one of nine ESDs in the state of Washington, ESD 105 carries out liaison activities between local school districts, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education. ESD 105 has approximately 90 employees, and our agency is governed by a seven-member lay board of directors.
ESD 105 implements and manages several programs and cooperatives that help schools save money while providing access to services they may not be able to offer on their own. Programs are developed based on the needs of our school districts. Our effective resource leveraging capabilities allow us to pool public and private support to secure new resources for our region.
Responsibilities of ESDs
Educational Service Districts are public entities that were created by the state of Washington in 1969 to provide cooperative services to local school districts. The expressed purpose of ESDs, as defined in statute (RCW 28A.310), is to assure equal educational opportunities for all by: providing services to school districts to ensure equity in educational opportunities; assisting the Legislature, State Board of Education, and OSPI in the performance of their duties; and providing cooperative and informational services to local school districts
ESDs are largely self-supporting organizations. Unlike school districts or government agencies, which receive the majority of their funding directly from the state, ESDs are public entities that operate in a highly entrepreneurial fashion. The majority of ESD funding is actually derived from grants, cooperatives and other self-directed initiatives. Direct legislative appropriations account for only 3 percent of total ESD revenue. The remaining 97 percent is generated through other means, including federal and foundation grants, fees for services, and cooperatives.
We provide cost efficiency in:
• Achieving school and student success
• Creating safe and healthy learning environments
• Implementing and managing cooperatives for services of mutual benefit to our districts
• Introducing educators to new research and creative ways of teaching and learning
• Providing administrative, business and financial support services to districts
• Offering innovative professional development and training based on district needs
• Making new technology available
Educational Service District 105 develops and delivers exceptional, cost-effective service to its clients by anticipating and responding to needs, nurturing strong relationships and partnerships, and maximizing staff expertise.
Educational Service District 105 cultivates the optimal educational experience for all learners so they have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, community, and future endeavors.
• ESD 105 staff members value integrity, respect, and trust for each other and their clients.
• ESD 105 staff members are committed to quality, customer service, and professional leadership.
• ESD 105 staff members are dedicated to their profession and are lifelong learners.