Mission & History

Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center offers programs that are otherwise unavailable, unaffordable, or just more effective and efficient through a cooperative effort. At the core of every Greenbush service is the uncompromising belief that every learner, regardless of age or geographic location, deserves equal educational opportunities.

By forming consortiums, we allow school districts to pool resources to stretch funding even further. Whether the need is for office supplies, professional development, or technical support, a consortium means increased purchasing power and more bang for the buck. Greenbush forms partnerships with agencies, businesses, and universities to make the most of their resources.

Greenbush is classified as Interlocal Number 609. We have all the rights and privileges of a school district, except the power to levy taxes. Earning competitive grants, private charitable donations, and providing services to member agencies is important to our mission. We are only as good as the last Greenbush service delivered. The need for accountability means those served are assured of consistent quality, efficiency, and value.

From early intervention programs for infants to community learning centers devoted to adult education, we foster academic success in those we serve and support educators who are committed to doing the same.


Soon after the founding of the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center in 1976, it was nicknamed Greenbush after the tiny, unincorporated town in which it is located. The main building, or Dave DeMoss Center for Learning, was originally known as Greenbush Elementary School, and was part of USD 248 Girard. When it closed in December 1975, the district offered the building to the service center, which had been housed in a mobile home on the parking lot of Erie High School. At the time, there were three employees: Dave DeMoss, Janet Perron, and Peggy Shepard. Over time, Greenbush became known statewide for innovation, efficiency and effectiveness as programs grew and the number of services offered increased. Today more than 430 people all the way from Garden City to Galena are members of the Greenbush family.