The concept of a professional organization for school secretaries was first discussed in 1991 by the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders and subsequently became a part of their goals and objectives plan.
One of the first steps was to contact school secretaries to see if there was an interest in such an organization. After contacting several school secretaries, it became clear there was a need for a professional association. Therefore, a planning committee was established and met for the first time on March 10, 1992. The Committee developed a constitution and by-laws which were adopted by the NDCEL Board of Directors in June 1992 and by the members of ESAND in August 1992.
Four regional meetings were held around the state in May 1992 to inform school secretaries about ESAND. Over one hundred people attended these meetings.