Welcome to Capital Region ESD 113! Whether you are a new employee or have been here for many years, we are delighted that you are part of the ESD 113 family. This page is your starting point for information about ESD 113.

Superintendent Welcome

Resource Guide

We have compiled this Employee Guidebook to answer many of the common questions people have about working at ESD 113. Please keep it handy and refer to it often! Whether you are a brand-new employee or have worked here for many years, you will find it informative and helpful.

New Employees


Welcome to Capital Region ESD 113! As our new employee, we are committed to your growth and development. Your onboarding is our long-term process to support you on your way to becoming a fully engaged team member!

You will experience:

  • New Employee Orientation. You will meet with Human Resources before your first day of work. The day you start work, your department will welcome you. You will learn about ESD 113 and your program's operations.
  • WeAreESD113 Orientation. You will meet all the other new employees who have started working here within the past three months. You will also meet our ESD board members and executive team, and learn more about the ESD.
  • New Employee Celebration. The entire ESD team will welcome you during our annual all-staff meeting in September.

Want even more? Check the agency calendar for employee connection events.

Your voice counts! We will provide a form so you can give us feedback on your onboarding experience. This will help us improve our process for those who join the ESD after you.

If you have questions, contact your supervisor or Annie Merritt, our onboarding coordinator.

New Employee Checklist

As a new employee, there is a lot of information to take in. Use this checklist to help navigate your onboarding experience. If you have questions, connect with your supervisor or reach out to Human Resources.


All ESD staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program through First Choice Health. EAP provides assessment sessions with a licensed behavioral health professional for a variety of emotional, behavioral, family, relationship, mental health, or chemical dependency concerns.

The services are free of cost, convenient, and confidential. Employees, their spouse or significant other, and children up the age of 26 are eligible for the benefits.

EAP has a 24-hour toll-free phone line, where you will be greeted live by a customer service representative. Once you explain your need and preferences, they will match you with a provider. The provider will contact you within 24 - 48 business hours to schedule a session.

More information is available at the EAP First Choice Health website, or call 800-777-4114.



See Policy 6213 and  Procedure 6213-P1 for more detailed information about travel policies and procedures.


Some ESD employees are required to travel for their jobs. We reimburse hotel and meal expenses according to the per diem rates established by the state. For current reimbursement information see the Office of Fiscal Management (OFM) website.  For out-of-state travel, refer to the GSA website. No receipts are required for meals. Receipts are required for hotels, parking, ferry fares, shuttles and other miscellaneous travel expenses.


The Travel Authorization Form must be completed for all out-of state travel, air travel, and for overnight in-state travel prior to traveling. The form is submitted via Docusign. The Travel Authorization Form 6213-F40 Processing Through Docusign document will walk you through the steps.


You are encouraged to use the online Expense Reimbursement process in Employee Access. For help with Employee Access, contact the business office.

The travel reimbursement submission is due the first Wednesday of the month following your travel. See the calendar for exact dates.


For your convenience, we have created a searchable mileage chart showing one-way mileage from Tumwater to schools in Washington.


If you need help with travel reimbursement, contact Kelly Salzer or Keley Brewster in the Business Office.



The ESD Policies and Procedures guide our operations. The policies that are most relevant to employees are in the 5000 and 6000 series folders.

Legal Stuff

Non-discrimination Statement

Capital Region ESD 113 provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination with respect to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or identity, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status, pregnancy, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal, or any other basis prohibited by state and/or federal law. We also provide equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.  Such equal employment opportunity applies to all terms of employment including recruitment, selection, hiring, retention, assignment, transfer, promotion, compensation, and training.

Website Accessibility Notice

We want everyone who visits the We Are ESD 113 website to feel welcome. We're always working to enhance our site and increase its accessibility and usability. Our accessibility efforts are based on the Web World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA.

Help Us Make Our Website More Accessible

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. If you're unable to access content on our website, have questions about the accessibility of content or technology we use, or would like to report barriers to accessing any information on this website, please email Cindy Jouper or call her at 360-464-6708.


For questions about our non-discrimination policy, or if you believe Capital Region ESD 113 has discriminated against you because of your disability, or has failed to make reasonable accommodation for your disability, you may file a written grievance with the ESD that includes (1) the nature of the grievance; (2) the facts upon which the grievance is based; and (3) your signature and the date you filed the grievance. The ESD will investigate the allegations contained in the written grievance in an effort to reach a prompt and equitable resolution.

File the grievance with:

Jodi Petrovich
Capital Region ESD 113
6005 Tyee Dr SW
Tumwater, WA 98512