The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency is a link between all Kalamazoo County schools and the State Board of Education. Kalamazoo RESA is charged with providing educational support and regulatory services to all schools within its boundaries and acting as an educational leader in southwest Michigan.
Kalamazoo RESA programs and services include:
Kalamazoo RESA provides fiscal and administrative services for all countywide programs and to our local school districts. These services include business services, state reporting, state and federal auditing, statistical information, fiscal planning, and management of state and federal grants and projects.
EFA is a countywide program developed to enhance arts education for all students, grades K-12 in Kalamazoo County. EFA is founded on collaborative relationships with the schools, the arts community, and business and philanthropic interests in the area. All EFA initiatives, Excellence in the Arts and Arts for All, are designed to complement or enhance, not replace, existing arts programs in the schools.
EFE has been recognized nationally as an exemplary career preparation program. EFE helps students prepare for their future with practical experience and hands-on training. Any Kalamazoo County high school student attending public or non-public schools can enroll in an EFE course.
The Instructional Center, working in collaboration with state agencies, universities and other intermediate school districts, is involved in all aspects of curriculum and instruction, focused on assisting local districts and school buildings in improving and enhancing student achievement.
The Instructional Center provides services and support to schools and school districts in the region, in all areas of: school improvement, professional development, data analysis, leadership development, instruction, curriculum, state and federal mandates and cross district and regional collaboration.
The Preprimary Evaluation Team provides comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluations to determine special education eligibility for all children who are under the age of 6 and have not started kindergarten. This service is provided to all districts within Kalamazoo RESA and requests for evaluations are received from parents, school preschool programs and community providers.
Kalamazoo RESA has a joint project with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services and provides comprehensive psychological evaluation services for children with intensive needs in both the mental health and school systems. This service provides evidence-based information to aid in a collaborative approach to mental health and academic planning.
The state of Michigan is divided into 22 REMC regions. REMC 12’s service area includes school districts in Barry, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties and parts of Van Buren County. REMC 12 offers full-service printing, graphics, bindery and delivery. Other services include instructional media loan, OnBase document retention services, video production services and a teacher materials center. The REMC also provides access to a variety of valuable statewide resources such as digital video streaming, cooperative purchasing, online live video events and on-demand archived video resources and professional development opportunities.
RTSI provides training and management consultation services in pupil transportation to 130 schools in a consortium of 9 intermediate school districts.
All children in Kalamazoo County qualify for assessment and evaluation of disabilities, or suspected disabilities. Students with disabilities can receive direct instruction, consultation and/or therapy beginning in infancy, and, if necessary, continuing to age 26.
A resource center available to educators to create a wide array of classroom projects. Services include over 900 Ellison/AccuCut dies, an extensive variety of art papers and materials and an artwaxing machine. The center also has a new oversized 40" 5 mil laminator, two 25" laminators and a full-color, photo-quality poster printer. Custom orders taken for heat-pressed sweatshirts, t-shirts, puzzles, etc. The media lending library contains over 8,000 educational DVDs and videos.
The mission of the Kalamazoo RESA Technology Services Department is to make technology work for schools. Technology Services is divided into two divisions. The information systems division provides administrative software and services to handle student information, financial accounting, human resources, payroll, special education, and data warehousing. The support division provides Internet access as well as hosted servers for area districts. The support division also manages the computers, printers, servers, network infrastructure, video systems, website, and phone system for Kalamazoo RESA.
YOU assists at-risk, economically disadvantaged youth and adults in completing their education, finding employment, and becoming self-sufficient through a variety of programs.
Last Modified on December 5, 2006