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Beyond the Panhandle..............

The June Newsletter from the Nebraska Association of School Boards features a lead article on ESU13 Administrator Dr. Jeff West.


ESU 13 Administrator, Jeff West, already covers a lot of ground, serving 21 schools in 11 counties, primarily in Nebraska’s panhandle.  
Recently he has grown that footprint to more of a national level as he brings his Nebraska perspective as a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESUs in Nebraska) in 45 states. 
“I have had the privilege of serving on the ESU 13 Board since the early 90’s. The leadership that the Unit has enjoyed from the different Administrators over those years has been remarkable; growing from two counties to 11 with two mergers, partnerships, and new programs,” said board member Mark Skinner. “Dr. West brought ESU 13 to the national forefront as he served on the National Executive Council and now AESA.”  
“In our 50 years of existence, Dr. Jeff West is only our 4th administrator at ESU 13,” said Board President, Ray Richards. “From the beginning, we were impressed with his calm clarity combined with the ability to see into the future as it affected a myriad of aspects of public education.   Dr. West continually encourages the board and staff to grow and to learn and to ask good questions.  We are always looking to improve and be better.” 
Nationally, AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts, certified teachers, non-certified school employees, and students across the U.S. with a mission to support and strengthen regional ESUs through advocacy, professional growth, technical assistance, research, and more.  West was elected by 13 members serving on the AESA executive council representing four regions across the U.S. to serve as president.  His leadership, both in Nebraska and nation-wide is having a great impact on the work ESUs are able to provide to schools.  “Dr. West knows when people are at their best,” said ESU 13’s Director of Professional Learning, Jadie Beam.  “He is humble and doesn’t seek the credit or limelight, yet when the situation calls for it he can step up and rally the enthusiasm of our ranks. He has done this at the local and national level and continues to position ESU 13 as a leader in our state.”
John Bass, Chief Operating Officer for AESA echoed those sentiments, “At AESA, we know what kind of leader, and person, Jeff really is.  We are fortunate to have him in the President and Past-President roles.”

To learn more about AESA, visit http://www.aesa.us