About ESD 123

esdEducational Service District 123, based in Pasco, Washington, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Steve McCullough and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students.

ESDs must:

  • Help public and private schools provide high-quality, cost-effective services, as well as equal educational opportunities for all students.
  • Provide cooperative and information services to public and private schools.
  • Act as a liaison between the local public and private schools and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
  • Provide local programs required by the State.

ESDs provide a vital link between local public and private schools and various state and federal agencies. They provide a central focal point for the aggregation of services and information. This centralized approach is efficient and cost-effective for the ESD’s client districts. It ensures that school districts receive the services they want in a way that makes sense for them. It also ensures participating school districts can use more of their taxpayer dollars in the classroom, rather than on support services.

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