A CESA is not a state agency, but it is considered a government subdivision. It can enter into contracts, but has no taxing authority. An 11-member Board of Control elected by a delegate assembly at the CESA annual convention governs CESA 6. BOC Members adopt bylaws governing the operation of the CESA. The delegate assembly consists of one school board member from each of the school districts in the CESA region, with special provisions made for areas served by union high/K-8 districts.
The Board of Control sets policy and receives state aid for agency operation. It determines and assesses each participating district a prorated share of cooperative program costs. The Board of Control is also responsible for authorizing expenditures to operate the CESA, including those for personnel, space and equipment. The Board of Control also appoints the administrator for CESA 6.