Utah has established four Regional Service Centers to assist school districts & charter schools in providing equitable and cost effective services and programs for students in rural Utah. In addition to the Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), these service centers include Southeast Education Service Center (SESC), Northeastern Utah Educational Services (NUES) and Central Utah Educational Services (CUES).
SEDC is a not-for-profit service center that supports the six public education school districts and several charter schools in Southwest Utah and exists to provide services needed and requested by the schools, districts and charters served.
Statutory Origin: Senate Bill 3 Substitute 1 1969. We were created in 1969 by a line item added to the minimum school program. The Senate created us after a successful pilot program funded by Federal grant money. In 2001 our line item was moved from the minimum school program to the USOE budget. Regional Service Centers were inadvertently removed from State Code at that time. In 2011 Rep. Last ran and passed House Bill HB 92 Substitute 1 “Public Education Regional Service Centers.” That bill put us back into state code and required that we create an interlocal agreement between the districts we represent and submit an annual report to USOE.
Structure: The 26 rural school districts are organized into four service regions. See the map above. Each regional service center is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the District Superintendents and Charter Schools in their region. Each center has an Executive Director, an Administrative Assistant, a Network Engineer and Technology Trainer. Other positions have been added in each region depending on the needs of the school districts within each region.
Purpose: Utah's four Regional Service Centers were established to assist school districts in providing equitable and cost-effective services and programs for students in rural Utah to match those offered to students on Utah's urban Wasatch-front. Basically, we were created to save districts money by pooling purchases and services to build economies of scale for small school districts.
Geographic Scope: See the map above. The total square mileage that these Regional Service Centers cover (65,478 mi2) is nearly the same size as Wisconsin, the 23rd largest state in the USA. SEDC's total area is 24,468 mi2, which is by itself larger than the state of West Virginia at 24,038 mi2. At one time Tooele, Logan, Box Elder and Cache were part of the NUES region. Wendover and Dugway still participate in the NUES Sterling Scholar region competition.
Legislative: The four Service Centers are also part of an organization called Utah Rural Schools Association (URSA) which organizes the Thursday afternoon meetings on the hill during the session. Each service center plans an annual dinner and business meeting with legislators to discuss items related to education.
Educational Services Provided by Regional Service Centers to Rural School Districts in Utah: