ESCEO has Received High Performing ESC Designation from Department of Education

High Performing ESC

For the 7th year in a row, the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio has received the High Performing ESC designation from the Ohio Department of Education. 

A High Performing ESC (educational service center) is one that generated a total cost savings of at least 5% for its client school districts for primary services secured from the ESC rather than provided through another source. The Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (ESCEO, formerly Mahoning County ESC) measured their instructional support services, preschool services, career counseling services, and services for students with disabilities. In 2022, the ESCEO exceeded the state benchmark by 11.3%, providing a total savings of 16.13% for client districts in these service areas.

“Ohio’s educational service centers provide exceptional cost savings to their school districts in addition to all of the other services and support they offer,” says Craig Burford, Executive Director of the Ohio ESC Association (OESCA). “Over the past seven years, Ohio ESCs have averaged 35% savings to districts per year, for a total of almost $497 million in savings statewide for primary services since 2016.” 

The Ohio Department of Education evaluated each application based on the total percentage of cost savings the ESC generated for its client districts calculated based on the price charged to the client by the ESC for a primary service. 

The ESCEO provides services and support for more than 20 districts in Eastern Ohio. From professional learning opportunities for educators and administrators to shared services for students, the ESCEO prides itself on providing high quality services and innovative resources for districts, educators, and children in Ohio.

“We provide efficient and effective services and tools to support our districts, their teams, and local students,” says Dr. Traci Hostetler, ESCEO Superintendent. “Our team is continually pursuing additional funding opportunities to maximize the impact of investments and resources available for those we serve.”

Ohio’s Educational Service Centers (ESCs) provide school districts with professional development, technology, support, planning, and administrative services that help improve student learning, enhance the quality of instruction, expand access to resources, and maximize operating/fiscal efficiencies. The Ohio ESC Association (OESCA) supports, educates and advocates for Ohio’s ESCs.

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