Serving the local schools of Greene County. ”
The Greene County Educational Service Center services school districts in Greene County, Ohio.
Located in the southwest part of the state, Greene County encompasses 421 square miles in area, with a population of 147,886 (2000 census). The county is home to 7 school districts, 9 private schools, a county-wide vocational training and career center, and 5 colleges and universities.
Greene County is primarily a suburban area, with more densely populated concentrations to the west of the county around the communities of Xenia, Beavercreek, and Fairborn, which are in closer proximity to Dayton, the closest major city in the region. Communities to the east of the county, including Cedarville, Jamestown, and Yellow Springs are more sparsely populated, and are more rural in nature.
Greene County has somewhat higher socio-economic indicators than the average Ohio community, with an average household income of $48,656 (Ohio average: $40,956), as well as per capital income of $23,057 (Ohio average: $21,003). Percentage of persons below the poverty level is 8.5%, compare with an Ohio average of 10.6%. Major employers in the county include Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Wright State University, Fifth Third Bank, Meijer, Inc., and Greene Memorial Hospital. Wildlife and recreational resources are found throughout the county, including Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, John Bryan State Park, Spring Valley Wildlife Area, the Little Miami National Scenic River, and Caesar Creek Lake.
Greene County Educational Service Center provides over 85 different types of services, programs, or events from such categories as Administrative, Alcohol/Drug Prevention, Special Programs/Activities, Pupil Personnel, Curriculum and Assessment, Staff Development, and Special Education. Of particular mention are programs offered in Course of Study Development; Speech/Language, Physical, and Occupational Therapy Services; Alternative School and Behavior Intervention for At-Risk Students; Mental Health Support Services, Entry Year Teacher Support, and Early Childhood Development programs. The GCESC serves the school districts of Beavercreek City, Cedar Cliff Local, Fairborn City, Greeneview Local, Sugarcreek Local, Xenia Community, and Yellow Springs Exempted Village, as well as the Greene County Career Center.
The offices of Greene County Educational Service Center are housed in the Arthur Morgan Building located at 360 E. Enon Rd. in Yellow Springs, OH. Originally built in 1968 by the Yellow Springs Exempted Village Schools, the building was renovated in 1989 when GCESC took occupancy. GCESC purchased the Morgan Building from Yellow Springs Schools in 2002.
Many of the programs of the Greene County Educational Service Center utilize other facilities throughout the county. Many programs are housed in various school districts within Greene County, or involve cooperative arrangements with other entities. For example, an Alternative School program is housed at the former Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Board office in Bellbrook, an Early Childhood Pre-school program utilizes the Friends Care Nursing Home in Yellow Springs, and the Outdoor Advantage, also located in Bellbrook, houses a program for at-risk students using outdoor education as the foundation.