The Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council shall appoint a distance education director and may appoint a council director, both of whom shall hold office at the pleasure of the council. The council director and the distance education director shall receive such salaries as the council determines and shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The council may contract with individual educational service units for the employment of the council director or the distance education director, except that the supervisory responsibilities for such employees shall remain with the council.
The council director and the distance education director shall perform duties as the council directs and shall not be members of the council. The council may also appoint or retain such other persons as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions and shall prescribe their duties, fix their compensation, and provide for reimbursement of their actual and necessary expenses within the amounts available in the budget of the council.