Rendering of Walnut Grove Elementary (Courtesy Lancer + Beebe, LLC)
Construction on Walnut Grove Elementary, Center Grove's 6th elementary school, is underway!The process to plan, finance, design, and build the new school will take approximately 30 months. Because no remonstrance was filed against the project, it is moving forward. Walnut Grove is scheduled to open in August 2019.The school will feature 21st Century learning spaces designed to provide flexibility for instruction. A solar array is planned to help offset energy costs. The landscape around the school will include an environmentally friendly prairie grounds concept.ENROLLMENT GROWTH
For the last three years, Center Grove has set a record high for the number kindergarten enrollments. We have also seen an increase in the number of elementary students moving into existing neighborhoods. Elementary enrollment is projected to surpass 4,000 at the start of the 2019-2020 school. That number is just 30 students below the maximum ideal capacity in each elementary school.Center Grove has managed to keep average class sizes at the elementary schools within the Ideal Ranges identified by the Board by adding several new teachers. But we can only manage class sizes if we have room for those classrooms. Until Walnut Grove opens, portable classrooms will be added to elementary schools to increase the number of students each building can accommodate.