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Mission and History


The Lake County Educational Service Center (LCESC) is an integral part of the education system in our county and state. Our VISION is: to be recognized as a premier Educational Service Center and preeminent service provider. Our MISSION is: to excel in providing innovative programs and quality services that add value to our educational community. Recognizing that the rapidly changing educational environment in Ohio demands flexibility, innovation and dynamic leadership, the LCESC strives to meet the needs of our districts today and tomorrow. We focus on the development of programs and hire key personnel to provide services that positively impact and improve instruction and student achievement throughout the county.

The LCESC, under the direction of the county superintendent, employs approximately 225 workers for the programs and services offered to our school districts. Among the many services provided, we serve as the local authority for professional certification and licensure, provide recruitment services for the districts in our county and facilitate the needs of the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC). Moreover, the LCESC is dedicated to providing quality services and learning opportunities that meet the individual and collective needs of the school districts in Lake County.


In 1914, the Ohio General Assembly created County Boards of Education to better organize the state’s educational system. At the end of 1915, in Lake County there were 147 teachers employed at 147 buildings, 45 of which were one-room schools. Children were transported to and from school by horse-drawn wagons. In 1917, there was compulsory attendance for every child 8-15 (if male) and 8-16 (if female), with certificates awarded for boys 15 who passed 6th grade and girls 16 who passed 7th grade. The compulsory attendance age was changed in 1922 to every child from six to sixteen, with children required to stay in school between 16-18 years of age unless they were granted an employment certificate.

In 1915 a uniform pay schedule (same pay for same service and qualifications throughout the district) was proposed to keep quality teachers in the district. The Lake County Board of Education was responsible for setting the requirements for granting teaching certificates. Teacher exams were held on a regular basis in Painesville for High School teachers wishing to earn one-year and three-year certificates. Requirements for earning teaching certificates increased steadily through the years with examinations being gradually replaced by specialized training in education. In 1936, the local Boards of Examiners were abolished and new Laws governed the certification of teachers throughout Ohio.

Lake County Joint Vocational School District, now known as Auburn Career Center, was created in 1963 and has grown and changed to fill a need for specialized education and training for Lake County youth. Classes offered have included Data Processing, Welding/Sheet Metal, Auto Mechanics, Industrial Electronics, Graphic Communication, Computer, Cosmetology, and Drafting as well as Education for EMR students in grades 10 through 12. Teachers with special training, and Counselors helped students prepare for entry into the workforce.

The Lake County Board has added (and subtracted) positions as needs have changed through the years. Staff has included superintendents, assistant superintendents, treasurers, curriculum and instructional specialists, literacy specialists, psychologists, high school, middle school and elementary school supervisors, learning disability, gifted and talented and media center coordinators, instructional technology coordinators, and support personnel. The Lake County Educational Service Center has, since its inception, provided its local districts with beneficial services (as identified and requested by them) and has provided a vital link between them and the State Department of Education.

Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve

8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
Phone: 440.350.2563
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