Formed on June 13, 1914, the Pickaway County Educational Service Center, formerly the Pickaway County Board of Education, has been making a difference in Pickaway County’s schools for over 95 years.
ESCs were established through an act of the Ohio General Assembly. The law created 88 “County School Districts” and charged them with the task of “elevating the state’s system of education to a proper standard.” This effort entailed county office staff members drafting courses of study for school systems, providing in-service training for teachers and assuring quality classroom instruction through supervision and evaluation.
Service is Our Purpose: An Evolution
The role of the county offices of education evolved and expanded over the next several decades. In the 1930’s, they began assisting districts with fiscal and purchasing services; later in the 1960’s, their responsibilities expanded again as they began operating special education programs and increased professional development and technical assistance for schools.
In 1995, Am. Sub. H.B. 117 changed the role of the “County School Districts” by redefining their responsibilities, and renaming them “Educational Service Center” – a statutory name change intended to reflect the evolving nature of ESC programs and services.
A Vital Component of Ohio’s Educational System
ESCs are a vital and necessary component of Ohio’s educational system. Am. Sub. H.B. 115 of the 127th General Assembly created the Ohio Educational Regional Service System and positioned ESCs to serve as the conduit and delivery system for Ohio’s statewide school improvement and education reform efforts. Under the new law, ESCs must implement state or federally funded initiatives assigned to the service centers by the General Assembly or the Ohio Department of Education.
Who is Served by the Pickaway County ESC?
All four Pickaway County school districts – Logan Elm Local, Teays Valley Local, Westfall Local, and Circleville City – receive services from PCESC.
Below is a partial listing of services, positions and programs currently offered through the Pickaway County ESC: