Greetings from West Shore ESD:

As superintendent of West Shore Educational Service District, I am proud of the top-quality services our staff provides to the students and local school districts in our area.

West Shore ESD includes eight local public school districts. In addition, at the request of our local districts, West Shore ESD is the authorizer of Gateway to Success (G2S) Charter Academy which offers a project based learning alternative to students in our service area.

West Shore ESD’s service area is spread out over 2,000 square miles in the Western Lower Peninsula of Michigan. There are approximately 8,300 students enrolled in our 9 local districts.

Our staff provides a wide range of programs and services to area schools and students.  For example, our special education staff members provide services, either directly or indirectly, for nearly 1,400 area special needs students. West Shore ESD also facilitates and supervises much of the early childhood education in our region. Through the Great Start Readiness Program we provide top quality education annually to approximately 320 area students. In addition, West Shore ESD maintains a long-standing partnership with West Shore Community College and provides career and technical education (CTE) and early college opportunities (ASM Tech) for area students. Our general education team also develops and delivers cutting edge professional development activities for all area staff members and promotes and leads enrichment opportunities for area students.

Our entire ESD team promotes efforts to identify and foster opportunities for collaborative services which decrease costs and/or increase efficiencies for our local districts. We believe in providing services that are student focused, demonstrate servant leadership, and foster a collaborative community.

I am honored to lead the ESD team in our never ending efforts to accomplish our mission of providing leadership and support to our local school districts.

Randy Howes

West Shore ESD Superintendent



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Randy Howes

Phone: 231-757-3716