The agriculture science lab planned for Creekview High School will be paid for partially from a state grant.

The project received $150,000 from the OneGeorgia Authority, state Rep. Mandi Ballinger announced Thursday.

“I am grateful that the Cherokee County Board of Education was awarded this grant funding for a new barn, which will provide comprehensive agricultural education for our students,” Ballinger said in a statement. “I would also like to recognize Ben Cagle who was instrumental in helping to secure this funding. As the owner of Cagle’s Family Farm, the Chair of the Young Farmers for Georgia Farm Bureau and a member of the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Ben has a rich understanding of the agriculture industry in our state and the importance of hands-on agriculture education.”

The barn will be the home of Creekview’s agriculture Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education pathway, and can also be used for programs like Future Farmers of America and 4-H. Cherokee High School and Etowah High School have similar facilities to house their programs.

The estimated total cost of the project is at least $1.5 million, the bulk of which will be paid through the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax, said Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby. The school board is expected to request proposals for the construction this fall, the project spanning from January 2020 to January 2021.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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