Fairfield Co. ESC Receives High Designation from Ohio Dept. of Ed.

November 1, 2023
From the Fairfield County ESC

Fairfield County Educational Service Center (ESC) applied for and has received the High Performing ESC designation from the Ohio Department of Education.

A High Performing ESC has generated total cost savings of at least 5% for its client school districts for primary services secured from the ESC instead of another source. Fairfield County far exceeded this 5% benchmark, with a total savings of 67.75% in 2023.

“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 36% savings to districts per year, for a total of nearly $587.6 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.

“Our dedication to meeting the distinctive needs of our staff, students, and board of education is unwavering, as we continue to provide high quality services,” said Marie Ward, Fairfield County ESC Superintendent. “This designation speaks volumes about our dedication to enhancing educational excellence. It reinforces our belief that cost-effective solutions can coexist with invaluable opportunities, creating a transformative environment for learning and growth.”

Ohio’s Educational Service Centers (ESCs) provide schools and 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.

The Fairfield County Educational Service Center provides student-centered educational leadership and supportive services to meet the individual and collective needs of the staff, students and boards of education of the eight local school districts located in Fairfield County. More information can be found at faircoesc.org.