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Professionals to become principals for the day

LAWRENCEVILLE - Taking a trip to the principal's office may not seem like much fun, but it's exactly what some professionals are planning to do next month.

This is the third year that Gwinnett County Public Schools has partnered with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce for the Principal for a Day program, which allows professionals to learn what it's like to work as a principal.

Principals can also learn some business techniques that could help them run their schools.

"They all learn a lot from it," said Sloan Roach, the GCPS spokeswoman. "Their jobs are a lot alike."

More than 40 professionals participated last year in Principal for a Day, and Roach said the school system and the chamber have been trying to increase participation.

GCPS and chamber are having an orientation breakfast Tuesday to let the professionals and the principals meet.

The professionals will go into the schools Nov. 13 through 17, during American Education Week.