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


   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



County Spelling Bees

The dates and locations for the county spelling bees have been set!
Paulding County Spelling Bee
Antwerp Local Schools Auditeria
Monday, February 2, 2015 (Make up date, in the event of inclement weather, is February 9th)
7:00 p.m.
Van Wert County Spelling Bee
Marsh Foundation School Auditorium
Thursday, February 5, 2015 (Make up date, in the event of inclement weather, is February 10th)
7:00 p.m.
Schools register for the Spelling Bee online at www.spellingbee.com. Deadline is October 15, 2014.
School spelling bees must be completed by January 15, 2015.
School winner information must be reported both to me, using the attached form, and at www.spellingbee.com as soon as your school bee is completed.  Deadline to submit this information is January 15.
Additional information will be provided at a later date.  In the meantime, contact me if you have any questions.
Form to report Spelling Bee Winner can be downloaded here.
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


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 - Kim Jones


Kim Jones  



Working at Western Buckeye ESC has been a great experience, I am enjoying all the new challenges of learning the Treasurer’s responsibilities. Linda Clark is a wonderful co-worker and mentor to keep me moving in the right direction. I have a Masters Degree in Business from Defiance College and just completed my School Treasurer classes in order to obtain my license.


I have two children, a daughter soon to be 13 J and a son that is nine. They are both very active with sports and school functions and attend Defiance elementary and Middle school.  In my spare time I love to run. It has been a pleasure and great opportunity to become a part of the Western Buckeye ESC staff and I am looking forward to many years!

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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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