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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 12 2012

Grooters named principal for Sheyenne High

WEST FARGO – Greg Grooters, the principal of Sheyenne 9th Grade Center, will be the first principal of Sheyenne High School, the West Fargo School District announced Friday.

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.

Grooters, 52, is excited.

“A tremendous opportunity, and a big challenge,” he said. “We have a great staff assembled here and we’ll be adding to it.”

Grooters said the current crop of ninth-graders will stay in the building next year as sophomores.

By next fall, the 9th Grade Center’s name will be switched to Sheyenne High School, he said, to reflect that growth.

The academic wing addition for the high school is under construction and is planned to be ready for students in August 2013.

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

The high school will add a grade a year, and have its first graduating class, this year’s freshmen, graduating in 2015-16, the district said.

Grooters received a bachelor’s degree in math education and computer science from Valley City (N.D.) State University.

He then taught math at Fargo Shanley High School and Moorhead High School

Grooters started teaching at West Fargo High School in 1998. He also coached track and cross country.

He later served as an assistant principal at West Fargo High until 2007, when he was appointed principal of the 9th Grade Center.

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.

The district is also building Liberty Middle School just north of the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center.

That school is expected to open next fall.

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