At this year's national Association of Educational Service Agencies conference in Savannah, Georgia, Educational Service Unit #13 has been well represented. The group has been led by ESU13 Administrator Jeff West, who is also the President-Elect of the AESA organization. ESU13 also provided a number of presentations at the conference from Alternative Education Director George Schlothauer, Special Services Director Laura . . .
Gov. Pete Ricketts recently appointed Charles (Chuck) Peek, of Kearney, and Sandra (Sandy) White, of Sidney, to three-year terms on the Nebraska Library Commission. Gov. Ricketts also reappointed Michael LaCroix, of Omaha, to a second three-year term. Sandy White was a Nebraska educator for more than forty years. Before retiring two years ago, she served panhandle schools for several years as the Library-Media Services . . .
ESU 13's VALTS alternative education program was recently featured on Nebraska Public School Advantage's website. VALTS is a program designed to provide specialized instruction for students that need a second chance that offers the same basic curriculum as a "traditional" school but uses alternative delivery methods. VALTS started in 1998, and now serves nine districts, and has graduated 579 students . . .
In recognition of our 50 th Anniversary, last month ESU13 Administrator Jeff West shared with you some of the history of ESU #13. Here is more of that history....... In July of 1987, the ESU #13 Board hired Dr. Creda Thompson as Administrator. During her tenure, these services were either added or expanded: preschool services as a result of LB 701-Early Intervention Act, special education supervision and coordination to . . .