Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC is a county agency that serves the four school districts in Pickaway County: Circleville City Schools and Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall Local School Districts, and Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center.
The ESC provides a variety of services to schools and students.
To learn more about those services and the history of educational service centers, click on the "About Our ESC" button at left.
2016 Summer Workshops
To view available 2016 Summer Workshops and Registration Instructions, please click below:
From the Superintendent
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

The primary role of the state’s educational service centers is service. Each year, with the input of county educators and the ESC’s governing board, the ESC determines what services would be beneficial to offer Pickaway County schools.

One new service available this year is adapted physical education, taught by Kim Martin, a former PE teacher at Teays Valley.

Adapted PE was a need for all of Pickaway County’s districts – Circleville City Schools, Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall locals – but none needed a full-time teacher, the districts’ special education directors explained to me.

This is where the ESC works best: providing a service that benefits all the districts we serve.

Kim works three days a week, working with about 50 to 55 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in each district.

“I can work one-on-one or in small-group settings,” Kim said. “It’s very individualized; every student I see is different.”

That individualized attention is very important to students with special needs.

“They need more time (for the activities) and this way they’re getting it,” Kim said.

Adapted PE creates an opportunity for the student to get the lifelong benefits of an active life that includes exercise and activity. This yields a healthier person.

Kim agrees.

“I think adapted PE is a benefit to students socially and physically,” she said. “It also can help with behavior issues.”

While Kim taught PE for 35 years, teaching adapted physical education requires an endorsement, so she is also a student again, taking two classes through Kent State University.

Learning as she goes was a little new for Kim but she said it is coming together, thanks to the support of staff members at the schools where she teaches.

“I was a little nervous at first, like any new job. I think we’re all kind of learning this together.”

In the end, though, she’s enjoying her break from retirement.

“Working with kids is what I missed most.”

Ty Ankrom is superintendent of the Pickaway County Educational Service Center. He can be reached at ty.ankrom@pickawayesc.org.


Past columns

Community Connections
Learn about Pickaway County ESC's partnerships with county schools and its service through the Community Connections page that appears every other month in the Circleville Herald.
Click below to see the current and past issues.
Student News
2016 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
Nathan Reisch, a Westfall Senior, was selected as the 2016 Franklin B. Walter Award recipient.
To read about Nathan, click here.
ESC News and Updates
Stand Up for Public Schools
The Ohio School Boards Association posted an article from our Community Connections page as part of their Stand Up For Public Schools effort:

Ohio Center for Substitute Teachers
PCESC / OCST partnership provides high quality training for substitute teachers  
Online Graduate Credit Courses
The Pickaway County Educational Service Center is pleased to offer online graduate courses to educators. This service is possible due to a partnership between PCESC and two universities: the University of Phoenix and Ashland University.   To see a listing of the courses available, click on the "Downloads / Links" tab then look for the links under the "Resources" section.  
Satisfaction Surveys Demonstrate Steady Improvement of Services
Biennial Surveys Provide Data for Past Performance and Future Actions  
Directions to Pickaway County ESC

For an interactive map, click on "Read More" below.

PCESC Update
The PCESC Update is a bi-monthly newsletter written primarily for ESC staff members.  
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Pickaway County Educational Service Center is approved by the Ohio Department of Education as a Supplemental Educational Service (SES) provider.  Learn more about SES by clicking on the link.  
Upcoming Events
Governing Board meeting
Tue Nov 8 2016
Governing Board meeting
Tue Dec 13 2016

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