Dr. Rich Arkanoff
On behalf of the Center Grove Board of School Trustees, administration, faculty, and support staff, we would like to welcome everyone back to school on August 2, 2018! Please use the tabs to navigate to links for elementary, middle, and high school back to school information, including supply lists, lunch and textbook fees, immunization requirements, and other details to get you ready for the 2018-19 school year.
Our school corporation’s vision is to provide all students with an “exceptional educational experience.” We are incredibly fortunate to have knowledgeable teachers and dedicated staff members who are devoted to helping our students succeed. While education is our our mission, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Our Center Grove Police Department (CGPD) is a critical part of keeping Center Grove safe. They patrol our buildings, inside and out, and help monitor the more than 500 security cameras installed throughout the district. We have a background check policy in place for volunteers and use LobbyGuard to check-in and screen visitors. In addition, we added a fourth CGPD officer in January and a second canine to the department this summer to help keep our students safe. Our officers are in every school every day. However, it is important for every student, staff member, parent, and visitor to follow the security procedures for our buildings. We are proud of the continued investments in safety by our School Board. You can read more about Center Grove’s ongoing commitment to safety at centergrove.k12.in.us/safety.
The new school year will bring new principals for Center Grove Middle School North, North Grove Elementary, and Sugar Grove Elementary. Dr. Davin Harpe will move from Sugar Grove to MSN. Dr. Harpe has served as principal of Sugar Grove Elementary since July 2013. Before coming to Center Grove, he spent fourteen years as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher in various schools in Brownsburg, Franklin Township, Hamilton Southeastern, and Western Boone school corporations. Dr. Harpe has received the Indiana Association of School Principals Elementary Principal of the Year and was named a National Distinguished Principal. The new Sugar Grove principal will be Mrs. Jessica Hyde. Mrs. Hyde served as the assistant principal for Pleasant Grove Elementary for five years. She spent six years as a teacher in Center Grove before moving into administration. North Grove’s new principal will be Mr. Ron Siner. Mr. Siner has been an assistant principal at North Grove, Maple Grove, Center Grove, and most recently Sugar Grove Elementary. He started his career as a teacher at Sugar Grove in 2001. All three are excited to start working with the staff, students, and families in their new schools.
Work is progressing on time and on budget for the August 2019 opening of our newest elementary school, Walnut Grove Elementary. Later this fall, we will bring together staff and parents to work through how we will redraw our boundary lines to shift students to this new school. You can see photos and get updates on the school at centergrove.k12.in.us/WGES. We are proud that construction of this school was funded without impacting the tax rate for White River Township taxpayers. We are fortunate to have a School Board and leadership team that work diligently and cooperatively to provide the resources we need to provide a high quality education for our students, all while being fiscally responsible.
We are excited to continue our Silver Card program for White River Township residents who are 62 and older in appreciation for their support of our school corporation. You can apply for the card or renew your card on our website to receive free admission to many athletic and arts events in Center Grove. We welcome all community members to attend our school events and School Board meetings and to visit our website at centergrove.k12.in.us/experiencecg to learn more about Center Grove’s exceptional educational experiences!Welcome back!Rich Arkanoff, Ed.D.