Joe Gray

Grove Sun

By attending school on Good Friday, and moving Parent-Teacher conferences to the evenings, Grove Schools will be able to keep their current schedule and end the school year on May 24.

The amended calendar was approved unanimously by the Grove School Board on Tuesday, with the endorsement of Superintendent Sandy Harper.

“With the hours we have been in session, we are still beyond what’s required by the state, even with the missed snow days,” Harper said.  “Moving the Parent-Teacher conferences to the evenings is actually more convenient for most of our parents anyway, so we’re meeting a need there as well.”

Clara Mills took her seat on the board following her recent election victory, and was promptly elected Vice-Chair, with Dr. Jim Rutter remaining as Chair, and Kenny Wright as Clerk.

Maintenance Director Duane Brown reported that construction on the Early Childhood Center is nearing completion, and roofing projects are underway on the Upper and Lower Elementary buildings.

Transportation Director Lynn Sears reported that the implementation of community bus stops had saved the district 6,000 gallons of fuel so far this year.  The district is hoping to purchase enough fuel to make it through the rest of the year soon to combat continually rising fuel prices.

All principals reported great success from their divisions in the PTO Walk-A-Thon, which was estimated to have raised $17 thousand to provide supplementary funds for teachers to use for their classrooms.

All levels have mandatory testing coming up beginning in April, which teachers and staff are busy preparing for. 

Early Childhood Principal Julie Bloss reported that enrollment for Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be beginning on April 28.  Students already enrolled in Pre-K will automatically be enrolled in Kindergarten unless otherwise specified.  New Kindergarten students are encouraged to enroll April 29-30.