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.
From the Superintendent
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

When Lydia Rittinger completed Pickaway-Ross’ high skills stenography program in 1981, she knew she needed a job with benefits.

But when she joined the Pickaway County Board of Education – now the Pickaway County Educational Service Center – she probably didn’t expect she’d be there 30 years later.

“I needed a job to help support my family, but I didn’t expect to find a career,” said Lydia, an administrative assistant at the ESC.

She started as a part-time employee working three days a week in the basement cleaning 16-millimeter films.

At the time, said Treasurer Shannon Clark, “We were housed in an old brick house on Franklin Street in Circleville. The basement was just that, a basement that we called the dungeon. It was kind of dark and gloomy. But someone had to take care of all those big film reels.”

Lydia toiled away in the basement for about five years. One day, Lydia recalls, two secretaries resigned and she was offered a full-time job.

In her current role, she compiles the monthly substitute teacher list, performs background checks and fingerprinting on prospective employees.

She’s also a people person, always willing to help those who need a license as a teacher or aide.

The Ohio Department of Education now requires everything for licensure be submitted online. I have seen Lydia sit down with those who are not tech savvy and walk them through the process.

“I enjoy helping people,” Lydia said.

In her 30 years at the ESC, technology and superintendents have changed, but Lydia said growth in services has been among the bigger change.

“Our office has grown by adding numerous programs and staff members and by offering so many more services to the city and local school districts and to all the children of Pickaway County. We not only work with the city and local districts by providing some related services, but also Brooks Yates, Pickaway-Ross, PICCA Head Start, Early Head Start, Help Me Grow and Family and Children First Council.

“I have always enjoyed my job, the changes, challenges and successes, and plan to continue working.”

Ty Ankrom is the superintendent of the Pickaway County Educational Service Center.

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.
See the most recent edition here.
Family & Children First Council
Student News
2015 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
Sydnee Roese, a Teays Valley senior, was selected as the 2015 Franklin B. Walter Award recipient.
To read about Sydnee, 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.  
2014-2015 Master Teachers
Pickaway County ESC is proud of the teachers who met the criteria to become Master Teachers. To be designated as a Master Teacher, eligible educators must achieve exemplary scores in the categories of Leadership, Collaboration, Teaching, and Continued Professional Growth.  
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 Sep 15 2015
Governing Board meeting
Tue Oct 13 2015
Governing Board meeting
Tue Nov 17 2015
Governing Board meeting
Tue Dec 8 2015
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