School Details: Fullerton Public Schools
- People Served
- Service Hours
Activity 50 activity logs
Event Attendance 29 Professional Development Opportunities
Qualitative Data Evidence of Adding Value to Fullerton Public Schools
For the past 25 years I have been a school administrator in the ESU7 system. During that extensive period I have witnessed on numerous occasions the value of the ESUs being brought into question by entities in a position to redesign and even eliminate their existence. Each time the ESUs and the districts they serve work frantically together to defend this educational cooperative style system that has been proven for decades to be highly cost efficient and tremendously successful in being the key component for schools to not only share resources, but to be the primary educational connection between schools.
While it is apparent that small districts, like mine, would not be able to hire full time or even part-time consultants and trainers for areas such as Staff Development, Technology and Special Education, it is also not realistic to believe we could hire for those positions and coordinate effectively and efficiently with other schools at a cost savings to us or to the state. The ability to share those resources with multiple school districts allows our schools to function more effectively and at far less cost, hence the purpose of the ESU. My district (Fullerton) relies heavily on the expertise of the ESU to lead, guide and advise us, particularly, in the areas of Special Education, Technology and Staff Development. These areas are highly specialized services that we are able to access when necessary to meet our needs. The long relationship between our school and ESU has created a bond of understanding and trust that ultimately has benefited staff and students for a long period of time.
While the sharing of educational resources and expertise at a highly efficient and cost-effective rate is an obvious reason for the benefit of the ESUs, a sometimes overlooked benefit comes from the design of the hub and spoke system itself. The ESU serves as the center point or hub for the multiple school districts they serve. It is this key held position that allows the information, knowledge and skills to flow back and forth from the schools to the ESU and back to the schools. As this educational exchange occurs the entire system grows and becomes more powerful, ultimately, providing a more quality education for the students of Nebraska.