We're here for you.

Every day, you spend your energy and passion on students, helping each one uncover the ways they’ll uniquely impact the world around them. When you succeed, learners get more of what they need to thrive. 

At the Center for Effective School Operations (CESO), we create conditions where leaders like you become free to focus on what matters most: leading your district toward greater equity and effectiveness. We’ll help you Rethink Possible to get there — smarter and faster than you could ever imagine.

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Our values.



We believe great ideas are born from the persistently curious mind. We act with bravery to explore beyond the expected and envision what could be.



We believe the best ideas come from a collection of minds and experiences. People from unexpected backgrounds help expand our idea of what’s possible.



We work to develop authentic relationships. We believe in being open, respectful and collaborative. We know an environment of trust cultivates thriving partnerships.

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We collaborate.
And listen.

We work with leaders like you to consult, create, and collaborate on the details that drive your district. Transportation. Communication. Finance. Beyond. We can help you find opportunities for operational excellence while at the same time removing systemic barriers to equity.

Expect humility.
Expect honesty.

Our team is a potent combination of education veterans and cross-disciplinary specialists who understand the gray areas of school administration. We’ll come to the table ready to listen, ready to advocate for your community, and ready to look at every challenge through a lens of inclusivity.


Lance Libengood


With more than 15 years of experience helping districts communicate complex changes to the communities they serve, Lance Libengood is the CEO of The Center for Effective School Operations.

Libengood has worked with more than 60 districts to safely route their students, communicate with parents, and navigate boundary changes with school boards. For nine years, he served in school transportation leadership before devoting his time and energy to helping solve the logistical challenges he faced every day on the district side. 

Under Libengood’s direction, the vision of CESO has expanded beyond its transportation roots to influence and inspire K12 Communications, Finance, Technology and Facilities leaders across the country.

Let’s make it happen.

If you’re ready to talk about how CESO can help, we can’t wait to meet you. We’ll bring the right people to the conversation to help you find the best next step. You’re going to love it here. We sure do.

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