The Governance Council consists of each participating district superintendent and the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools (RCSS). The term “Superintendent” shall include the “Chief Executive Official” of a member LEA. The superintendents serve as representatives of the district and the county governing boards in overseeing the delivery and effectiveness of special education programs. The Governance Council operates as a committee of the whole to formulate policies and develop regulations and guidelines for the operation of the Master Plan for Special Education, to allocate resources and develop an annual budget, and to mediate problems arising from the implementation of the Master Plan and the administration of contracts. It is the intent of the Governance Council to minimize financial encroachments upon school districts’ general education funds. The Governance Council shall also serve as the Board for the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) Board.