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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 12 2012

West Fargo names first principal for new Sheyenne High School

WEST FARGO – Greg Grooters, the principal of Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center, has been named the first principal of Sheyenne High School, the West Fargo School District announced today.

Grooters “has a passion for the work that lies ahead. He is well-prepared to lead the exciting process of helping create West Fargo Public Schools’ second 9-12 high school,” Superintendent David Flowers said in a statement.

Choosing staff and phasing in academic and co-curricular programs will be among Grooters’ priorities in the months ahead, Flowers said.

The academic wing addition for Sheyenne High School is under construction and is expected to be ready for the start of school in August 2013.

Work on another gymnasium and fine arts addition is expected to begin in the spring and be completed by fall 2014.

Sheyenne High School will be phased in over the next three years, one grade level at a time. Next fall, the school will house ninth- and 10th-graders.

The transition will be complete when this year’s freshmen become seniors in 2015-16, the district said in a news release.

Grooters has a master’s degree in education from North Dakota State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota.

Grooters came to the district in 1998, and served as an assistant principal at West Fargo High School until 2007, when he was appointed principal of Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center.

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