Serving the counties of Baldwin, Hancock, Johnson, Putnam, Washington & Wilkinson

What is RESA

RESA is an acronym for Regional Educational Service Agency. RESAs (formally CESAs) have been in existence since 1966.  There are 16 RESAs serving the 180 school systems across the state. Click here to view Georgia RESA Statewide Overview powerpoint.


The office for Oconee RESA is located in Tennille, GA. The school systems of Baldwin, Hancock, Johnson, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson are served by the Oconee RESA.

Purpose of RESA

The goal of each RESA is to help local school systems meet their educational needs through sharing services across school systems lines. All RESA's are required to provide services in the seven areas of:

(1) Research and Planning; (2) Staff Development; (3) Curriculum and Instruction; (4) Assessment and Evaluation; (5) Technology; (6) Health; (7) School Improvement

Governing Body

Complete control of RESA is vested in the Board of Control. This board consists of the Superintendent from each member system, the President of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, and Georgia College and State University and the Director of the Twin Lakes Library System.  The Board of Control has the same responsibilities for the operation of RESA as a local board has for the operation of a local school system. The areas of service and volume of service are determined by the Board of Control. Each system determines their needed services within the overall framework.

Funding the RESA

Georgia RESAs are funded by state, local, federal, and grant funds.  State funding is appropriated by the General Assembly and is allocated by a formula that considers RESA membership and size.  Member school systems contribute to the operation of each RESA through locally-determined membership fees and charges for specific services.

Services Offered

  • Consultant assistance in the areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, computer technology, and other school improvement initiatives.
  • Professional Development/Staff development for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers.
  • Sponsorship of activities to encourage academic excellence among students (Regional Technology Fair, etc.).



Dr. Hayward Cordy, Executive Director

Oconee RESA

206 South Main Street

Tennille, GA  31089

Telephone: 478.552.5178, Ext. 220

Fax: 478.552.6499



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206 South Main Street
Tennille, Georgia 31089

Phone: 478-552-5178

     Dr. Hayward Cordy
     Executive Director
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