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Local school officials toured North Georgia campuses Monday

With the implementation of a School of Fine Arts and a School of Agriculture, Trade and Industry at Cairo High School planned for this fall, a team of local educators spent Monday visiting similar programs in Cobb and Rockdale counties.
Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey and College and Career Academy CEO Todd Gainous led the local delegation, which included CHS Assistant Principal for Instruction Tammy Donalson, CHS Lead Counselor Crystal Holt, Culinary Arts instructor Whitney Brown and Choral director Erikka Edwards on a tour of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts in Mableton and the Rockdale College and Career Academy in Conyers.
“The directors of these schools were very welcoming and open in the discussion of their programs. This visit was a vital component of the planning process as we prepare for the opening of these new academies at Cairo High School at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year,” Lokey said.
Ironically, the director of the CCCEPA in Mableton is Frank Timmerman, a 1983 graduate of Cairo High School and the son of Edwin and Sarah Timmerman of Cairo.
“It was a special treat to visit with Mr. Timmerman. He truly has an outstanding program there in Cobb County and he was extremely helpful and shared some really good information with us,” Lokey said.
CHS students have been surveyed to determine interests and develop course offerings as officials plan for the opening this fall of the School of Fine Arts and School of Agriculture, Trade and Industry.
A steering committee of CHS faculty members has been working on the implementation of the two new schools set for this fall.

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