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"The ESC of the Western Reserve supports its member school districts in multiple ways.. 

  • The ESC provides access to shared programs and resources. The ESC hosts and offers programs that would be too impractical and/or costly for an individual district to design, staff, and maintain independently.

  • The ESC partners with districts and area businesses and organizations to develop and fund curricular initiatives designed to promote learning and career opportunities.

  • The ESC facilitates and expedites communication with the Ohio Department of Education due to ESC Superintendent Jennifer Felker's former administrative role in ODE. During the recent pandemic, the ESC proved helpful in promoting regular communication with the regional county health departments.

  • The ESC offers a safe forum in which school district administrators can share ideas, address common concerns, construct strategies, celebrate successes, and brainstorm solutions to educational challenges."

October 16, 2023
Richard Markwardt, Ph. D. 
Superintendent of West Geauga Local Schools

"The Job Training program offered through the ESCWR has truly filled a void in our district's programming.  This program has provided our students with authentic learning opportunities through which they can develop vocational skills in a supportive environment.  The Job Coaches work hard to ensure each student is provided with experiences that align with the student's preferences, interests, needs, and strengths and are always willing to problem solve and adapt programming as needed.  The collaboration of this team with our school-based IEP teams has truly enhanced the educational experience of our students.  We couldn't be more proud of this partnership."

October 11, 2023
Jennifer Bencko
 Director of Pupil Services Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools

"The ESC of the Western Reserve has built a reputation for building quality programs for schools.  The collaborative spirit between districts has been a direct result of Superintendent Felker's leadership and her desire to provide high-quality service and programs to all the districts in Lake and Geauga counties." 

February 19, 2021

Angela Smith

Superintendent, Madison Local Schools