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AJC: Cherokee County, GA hires first 2 MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS for district

June 24, 2019, Atlanta Journal Constitution: Cherokee school budget covers raises, mental health counselors https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cherokee-school-budget-covers-raises-mental-health-counselors/fmp5GxkZRu0wYx95dz5IJJ/ The Cherokee County School Board has approved a budget for the new school year with a $481 million general fund that the district says ensures continued classroom size reductions, new efforts to help at-risk students and a $3,000 raise for certified employees. … The budget also contains funds to hire the district’s first two mental health counselors, in line with recommendations of an ad hoc committee on social and emotional learning. District Superintendent Brian V. Hightower said it’s clear that stress related to school can have detrimental effects on students’ health and well-being. “We want them to be challenged, but we also want them to be healthy,” he said.