Despite the freezing temperatures and mounds of snow, ESD 123 enjoyed a fantastic turnout at its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 12. The event marked the completion of the Professional Development Center expansion at ESD 123, adding 12,000 square feet, 14 offices, and 2 more conference rooms to the campus in Pasco.
The ESD began consideration of facility expansion in 2014 following the addition of our Early Learning Department that expanded staffing by 26%. The following year, that number doubled, and the need to find space for growing programs and staffing became imperative. Additionally, ESD 123 strives to offer professional learning opportunities for educators and staff across Washington and surrounding states. The expansion has provided new conference spaces and even more opportunities for the ESD to host workshops, trainings, and conferences. Community groups are now able to rent one of ten ESD conference rooms.
Another unique feature of the new building is the “Classroom for the Future,” designed as a learning space where educators can try out new technology, different classroom configurations, share best practices and improve their teaching skills.
Addressing the crowd of ESD and district superintendents, media, community members, and staff, ESD 123 Board Chair Lee Ann Dudney remarked, “We are proud of the work that has been done to accomplish this great undertaking so that we may continue to serve our schools and families who are entrusted with our most valuable resource: our children.”