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Brian V Hightower

Dr. Brian Hightower


As Superintendent of Schools for the Cherokee County School District, Dr. Brian V. Hightower continues to take great pride in leading its 43,000 students and 5000 employees in “Educating the Emerging Generation.”  Most recently, Dr. Hightower was appointed  by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to serve on his Superintendents Advisory Council, honored for the fifth straight year to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who” in Education and named as a finalist for Varsity Brand’s National Superintendent Award highlighting his leadership in effective community engagement.


Having now served 34 years as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Hightower just completed his fifth opening of school, with several SY2020-21 notable initiatives:

  • Was one of the first large school districts in the nation to reopen schools this Fall utilizing an aggressive, comprehensive choice-driven local plan in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Georgia Department of Education; Initiated the opening of a Mountain Education Charter High School satellite in Cherokee County for non-traditional high school students in place of CCSD’s Polaris Evening School;
  • Bolstered the elementary and middle school rigorous curriculum designs and initiated the high school curriculum new rigorous curriculum designs;
  • Extended school safety initiatives through new panic alert systems installed in all CCSD high schools, as well as ACE Academy and Tippens Education Service Center
  • Expanded Social and Emotional Learning curriculums and mental health interventions for students and staff;
  • Initiated new diversity, equity and inclusivity advisory councils and work groups to expand upon the work being done in that arena and as identified in the CCSD Blueprint Strategic Plan; and,
  • Opened the new instructional wing at Mill Creek MS while continuing construction projects at Sequoyah HS (Health Occupation Lab), Creekview HS (Agri-Science Lab), Woodstock MS (instructional wing) and Woodstock HS (auxiliary gymnasium).

Also, for the 2020-21 school year, Dr. Hightower will continue to serve on the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council and as Chairman for the Georgia Education Coalition, a legislative lobby consortium of large and growing school districts in Georgia.  Dr. Hightower will also continue to serve as a National Research Fellow with the Educational Research and Design Institute and as a charter member of Leading Ed Solutions, a national coalition of Superintendents dedicated to researching and addressing some of the most important issues facing public education today.

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