Mission Statement

The Mission of the Western Buckeye Educational Service Center is to serve and support school districts. The Western Buckeye Educational Service Center will provide, monitor and coordinate leadership and services to meet the instructional, professional development and curriculum needs of member schools because service is our purpose and teamwork is the key.

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Superintendent Letter


Welcome to the Western Buckeye Educational
Service Center Web Site
The Western Buckeye Educational Service Center consists of a TEAM of educational specialists providing leadership and service to our partner school districts while expanding their ability to address the needs of a diverse student population. We support partner school districts in the areas of special education, curriculum, gifted education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, grant writing, school psychology, professional development, 21st Century learning and global education.
The Western Buckeye Educational Service Center strives to expand the resources and capabilities of our partner schools. We work within the TEAM concept to meet the demands for accountability and excellence in educating ALL students for success in the 21st Century. We operate and function within the sites of our partner school districts in PauldingCounty and Van Wert County, on-line, and as participants in local, regional, and state consortia. “We are never more than a click away!”
Yours in Education
Brian R. Gerber

WBESC Superintendent


Upcoming Events



Superintendent Brian R. Gerber will be coordinating the Franklin B. Walter Award for Paulding and Van Wert County.  Information was sent to each school district in November.  Nominations and applications must be returned to Mr. Gerber by February 1.  Staff members from a neighboring ESC will evaluate and determine a winner for each county.


The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award was established in 1989 by Ohio’s County Superintendents to recognize outstanding student achievement.  One senior from each of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties is chosen to receive this annual honor.  The recipients we recognize are some of the best and brightest students.


The Franklin B. Walter Award is named after Dr. Franklin B. Walter who served as State Superintendent from 1977-1991.  During his tenure, Dr. Walter worked with three governors and significantly improved public education in Ohio.  He received numerous honors and earned the respect and admiration of educators nationwide.  His integrity, leadership, optimism and commitment serves as an example for all.  Dr. Walter passed away on September 15, 2010 at the age of 80.



Journal Gazette County Spelling Bees

The dates and locations for the county spelling bees have been set!

Van Wert County Spelling Bee
Marsh Foundation School Auditorium
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (Make up date, in the event of inclement weather, is February 8th)

Paulding County Spelling Bee
Wayne Trace - Payne Elementary
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (Make up date, in the event of inclement weather, is February 9th)


Paulding and Van Wert County schools which are registered for the J-G Spelling Bee must complete their school Spelling Bees by January 15, 2016.  School champions will represent their schools at the county Spelling Bees.  County champs will participate in the Regional Bee at IPFW Rhinehart Music Center on March 5, 2016, in Fort Wayne, IN, with a chance to earn a trip to the National Bee in Washington D.C.


Sandra Freeman
Coordinator, Gifted Services
LPDC Chairperson
Western Buckeye ESC
202 N. Cherry St., PO Box 176
Paulding, OH  45879
(419) 399-4711, ext. 33
(419)399-3346, fax

   Wayne Trace High School / Middle School Students


Looking for extra help with school work?


21st Century After School Program offers a FREE tutoring/mentoring program to students in junior high through high school. Certified teachers work with children in small groups to improve academic performance, physical fitness and character development. There is no cost to you for this program. We are able to provide transportation back to the neighboring villages of Latty, Payne, Haviland and Grover Hill.

Program Dates:
            Monday–Thursday after school from 2:45-4:45 p.m.

            Call Ashley Shepherd at WBESC for more information 419.399.4711


Substitute Teachers Needed

All across the state of Ohio, there is a great need for motivated and qualified substitute teachers.  Are you someone who would be interested?  Do you enjoy working with children and helping them learn to their full potential?  If you are interested in something part-time and bringing in a little extra income, then substitute teaching could be for you.

The Western Buckeye Educational Service Center is seeking qualified candidates with a Bachelor's degree to substitute teach in Paulding and Van Wert County.  The school districts covered would include: Antwerp Local, Crestview Local, Lincolnview Local, Wayne Trace Local, Thomas Edison Preschool and the Western Buckeye ESC Resource Center in Van Wert.  Interested and qualified candidates should contact Superintendent Brian Gerber or Administrative Assistant Jan Smith at 419-399-4711, in Paulding or Administrative Assistant Carol Williman, in Van Wert at 419-237-4746.  Please give us a call and we will guide you through the process in becoming a substitute teacher and explain the requirements and costs you will incur. 

Employee Spotlight - Jenna Sherry


Jenna Sherry  


I was born and raised in Paulding County, and I graduated from Wayne Trace High School in 2010.  I attended the University of Findlay for my undergraduate and graduate degrees where I graduated with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2015. I was married in June 2014 to my high school sweetheart, Jordan.  Jordan and I recently bought a home in Van Wert.  He is employed as a scheduler at Eaton Corporation in Van Wert and is planning on attending Bluffton University in the fall to attain his Masters of Business Administration.  In the future, we look forward to starting a family in the same community that we grew up in! In my spare time, I love to run, go on walks with my husband, go shopping, work outside, and spend time with my friends and family.
 I am so excited to have the opportunity to work as the Physical Therapist at Western Buckeye ESC.  I feel so blessed that I will be able to work in the same community that I was raised in.  I cannot picture a better opportunity than to be able to help others in the community that has done so much for me!!  I look forward to many years of providing physical therapy services to the surrounding school districts!

Happenings at the ESC

Superintendent's Newsletter

WBESC Winter 2015 Newsletter

Franklin B Walter Winners 2014


Paulding Office

Western Buckeye ESC

PO Box 176

202 North Cherry Street

Paulding, OH 45879

Phone: (419)-399-4711

Fax: (419)-399-3346

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Van Wert Office

Western Buckeye ESC

813 North Franklin Street

Van Wert, OH 45891

Phone: (419)-238-4746

Fax: (419)-238-6259

Employee Spotlight
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