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


presented by

and Western Buckeye, ESC, Paulding County 
WELCOME: Parents, Care Givers, District Staff, Educators, Professionals!


Date & Time: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m.— 6:30 p.m.

Presenter: Linell Weinberg, MSW, Exec. Dir., Autism Society of NWO 

Training Location: Wayne Trace JR-SR High School Lecture Hall, Haviland Please park on West side of building and enter through glass doors

Did you know that individuals with developmental disabilities, including Autism, are seven times more likely to have an encounter with a police officer as compared to typical peers? If your child were to encounter a police officer or first responder, would he/she know what to do or say?

This presentation will provide families, and district staff who serve them, with an overview of a curriculum that was developed to provide youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities information on how to interact with Law Enforcement and First Responders. We will present some situations that might involve an encounter with police and/or first responders and offer ways to help you prepare your child for these interactions. The presentation will include videos, useful handouts, and other “freebies” 

There is no cost to attend the Parent—Professional Trainings.
Certificate of Attendance available upon request.

Pre-registration is preferred by contacting:
Cathy Ruiz, Parent Mentor, Western Buckeye, ESC, Paulding County
Office: Payne Elementary Building, 501 W. Townline Street, Payne

Phone: 419-263-2512 (select opt. #4, Payne Bldg., Ext. 454)
or 419-399-4711, or email Cathy at: cruiz@wb.noacsc.org 



   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.

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

            Call Ashley Shepherd at WBESC for more information 419.399.4711



Employee Spotlight - Jill Welch


Jill Welch  


I am enjoying my first few months as part time speech and language pathologist and part time director at the Edison Early Learning Center.  It has been so rewarding to work with the great staff and children.  I obtained my speech and language degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and my masters degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from University of Toledo. 
I have been married for 30 years to my husband, Al.  We have 4 children: Amy, Brian, Rob and Courtney.  We also have 12 granchildren:  Dylan, Jalen, Christine, Katelyn, Adia, Kyra, Kaiven, Keaten, Mycaela, Myleaka, Keiley,and Kemlynn.  They keep us very busy with all of their activities.  We have just moved into Van Wert after living in Wayne Trace district for 29 years.  We have enjoyed our new house and all the bustle of Van Wert life.
Al and I are both active with the YMCA and their fitness programs.  I enjoy reading, walking (jogging sometimes) and spending time with my family.  I am also on the board for the YWCA.

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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

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