The Georgia State Board of Education adopted policies in 1966 that made it possible to establish Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA). These policies provided for the sharing of instructional services across established school system boundaries. The purpose of RESA is to improve the effectiveness of the total educational program in member school systems by providing a mechanism for sharing services not economically or educationally feasible for a single system to institute on its own.
Northeast Georgia RESA serves 13 school systems and one charter high school. We are governed by a 18 member Board of Control. Each individual RESA is governed by a Board of Control composed of system Superintendents, the President or highest administrator of state supported post-secondary schools in the RESA, and a local or regional public library director. Funding is provided by the Georgia legislature, by grant funds, and through local membership fees.