New ESU building opens in Sidney

SIDNEY, NE — Educational workers in the southern Panhandle now have a state of the art facility to call home.

Educational Service Unit 13 unveiled its new Sidney office Tuesday afternoon. ESU 13 serves the entire Panhandle and provides services that individual school districts may not be able to provide themselves. It also provides districts the ability to collaborate. In March 2020, all school districts in the ESU 13 area worked cooperatively to make joint decisions about how to operate during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESU 13 administrator Dr. Andrew Dick praised the employees, engineers and construction crews who completed the undertaking despite challenges of 2020.

"Amidst a pandemic, the cooperation and collaboration that took place amongst these individuals and entities allowed for the project to be completed on time and under budget," Dick said. 

The new ESU office is connected to the Western Nebraska Community College campus in Sidney — another organization they work closely with.

Educational Service Units are placed throughout the state. They were created in the 1960s by the Nebraska legislature.