Kilgore, Texas- Region 7 Education Service Center will be hosting its 50th Anniversary celebration tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Lobby of the Service Center.
We invite you to join us for refreshments, a short video and a welcome provided by our Executive Director, Elizabeth Abernethy.
Region 7 ESC provides services and training to the Region’s educators that directly benefits the schools and students. Educator and student success is our top priority. Revenues are received from three primary sources: federal, state, and local funds. Region 7 currently serves 106 school districts, the largest amount of school districts of any ESC.
Counties served by Region 7 Education Service Center include: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Rains, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Panola, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood
In 1965, Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed by Congress, which provided limited funding for instruction-related training and services for teachers. Twenty media centers were established by the 59th Legislature to provide services.
In 1967, Kilgore was recommended as the site for the Region 7 Education Service Center. The service center moved locations around town, but in 2001 was moved to its current location (1909 N. Longview Street.) Several renovation projects would follow over the next 15 years.
Von Rhea Beane became the first Executive Director of Region 7 in 1967. Since establishment, there have only been three other Executive Directors: Don J. Peters (1978), Dr. Eddie Little (1993), and Mrs. Elizabeth Abernethy (2002).
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"Region 7 Education Service Center is committed to district, charter, and student success by providing quality programs and services that meet or exceed our customers' expectations."