In 1965, the Nebraska Legislature created a network of 19 Educational Service Units (ESUs) as a means to provide specialized services to schools. The major impetus of the legislation was to encourage the sharing of limited resources by multiple school districts in a cost effective and efficient state-wide model as well as to create an intermediate education agency structure that would more efficiently disseminate information, training, and other critical education support services than could happen from the state level.
By combining resources, equipment, and manpower, ESU 6 is able to provide a variety of technology, technology infrastructure, student services, professional development, instructional materials and administrative services that would otherwise be unavailable, unaffordable, or inconvenient for southeast Nebraska schools. ESU 6 is governed by a 7 member board of directors elected by voters in each of the 7 geographical election districts that ESU 6 is divided into.
ESU 6, in Milford, NE, serves the educational support service needs of students, teachers, and administrators inclusive of:
- Centennial Public Schools Utica, NE
- Crete Public Schools Crete, NE
- Dorchester Public Schools Dorchester, NE
- Exeter-Milligan Public Schools Exeter, NE
- Fillmore Central Public Schools Geneva, NE
- Friend Public Schools Friend, NE
- Heartland Community Schools Henderson, NE
- Malcolm Public Schools Malcolm, NE
- McCool Junction Public Schools McCool Junction, NE
- Milford Public Schools Milford, NE
- Norris Public Schools Firth, NE
- Seward Public Schools Seward, NE
- Shickley Public Schools Shickley, NE
- Waverly Public Schools Waverly, NE
- Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools Wilber, NE
- York Public Schools York, NE
While all ESUs are mandated by the state to provide certain “core services,” ESU 6 also offers a variety of services requested by the schools it serves.