The Story Behind Williamson County Education Services

The Story Behind Williamson County Education Services
In 1969, the superintendents of the 5 Williamson County school districts determined that the most efficient way of delivering special education services to their students was to establish a cooperative agreement between the districts.  In January 1969, the Williamson County Special Education Cooperative was established with Marion CUSD #2 as the administrative district. The superintendents hired a director (Aileen Parker) and began to meet monthly as the Executive Board.  

As other educational initiatives were developed by state and federal governments, the 5 school districts continued to work together to provide the services.  In 2005, the Williamson County Early Childhood Cooperative (WCECC) was established with Carterville CUSD #5 as the administrative agent.  WCECC provides Pre-kindergarten program to over 500 children ages 3-5. In 2011, the districts decided to change the administrative agent to WCSED.  

The districts also worked together cooperatively in providing vocational programming to all high school students through Williamson County Career and Technical Education (WCCTE).   In 2012, the superintendents voted to bring the WCCTE program under WCSED.  

As the name WCSED did not reflect all of the programs provided, a name change was voted on by the superintendents and on July 16, 2013, the official name was changed to Williamson County Education Services.