If we did not have the ESU we would struggle to meet the needs of not just our student and staff but to meet Rule 10 requirements. As a small school, we are not able to hire our own individuals for PT, OT, Vision, etc. Not only the burden of cost but to find qualified individuals in our rural areas would be impossible. Their knowledge and resources for PD for our teachers are top notch and there is no way we would be able to offer it on our own. We would have to work more with neighboring districts and hire consultants together, which would be very challenging and almost impossible. I look at speakers we bring in now, we can't afford them on our own, so we work with surrounding schools. For example, when Boone Central invites a speaker and invites us to join, we split the cost and most times, the topic/discussion is not necessarily a top need of our individual district but we use the resource since it is close and feasible. Without the ESU, I see this as the only way we would be able to provide outside resources to our district, share with surrounding districts.