Superintendent's Message

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit the Tri-County ESC Website. Tri-County Educational Service Center (TCESC) is proud to be a partner with our local school districts in the education of our youth. Through this partnership students and staff of the area benefit from a large array of services that would not be available without this collaborative effort.

Tri-County ESC has emerged from a consolidation of county school board offices over the past years. The ESC is the result of a merger of the Ashland, Holmes and Wayne County Offices. These mergers have resulted in services being coordinated out of one central office in Wooster, while the delivery of the services is most often at the local district level.

Current districts being served by the ESC include: Ashland, Chippewa, East Holmes, Green, Hillsdale, Loudonville-Perrysville, Mapleton, North Central, Northwestern, Orrville, Rittman, Southeast, Triway, West Holmes, Wooster, Ashland-West Homes Career Center, and the Wayne County Career Center. These seventeen school districts can participate in a variety of services that range from the training of substitute teachers and bus drivers to curriculum support and professional development for teachers, administrators and board members. Students can participate in curriculum enhancement activities like the primary day activities for elementary students or attend the International Baccalaureate Program, which is available to high school juniors and seniors. Please feel free to tour the Website and see the many programs coordinated, planned and often delivered by Tri-County ESC staff.

As you can see the ESC is a large operation and the oversight of the organization is handled by a nine-member board of education. The residents of the school districts served by the ESC elect these board members to four-year terms. Like other local school boards of education they hold public meetings on a monthly basis to conduct the business of the ESC.

The mission of the Tri-County ESC is to provide evidence-based, innovative services that meet the changing individual and collective needs of the educational community. We see this as a huge challenge as schools are faced with increased demands and decreasing dollars available to provide for students. It is our hope that through economies of scale quality services can be maintained and new services created that can meet the every changing needs of our communities. The need for our students to compete on a global scale has never been more evident than it is now. Quality education cannot rely on what was done in the past but must look to what must be done in the future.


- Jon Ritchie, Superintendent