Center Grove schools start class today with $42 million in renovations

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When Center Grove High School students make their way back to school today the first change they'll notice is a brightly lit crosswalk on Stones Crossing Road.

Safety and security are the main goals behind $42 million in renovations at schools all across the school district.

Eight buildings have undergone or are in the process of remodeling or upgrades.

The visitor entrance is one area getting attention. Vestibules have been added to hold visitors until the school can verify their visit.

Playgrounds at some of the entrances have been relocated to the back of some of the elementary schools to keep a better watch on students and to protect the property.

The student drop-off areas have also been relocated to get them closer to the entrances to the schools.

Inside, Center Grove High School and North Grove Elementary School are among those undergoing dramatic change. That includes remodeling classrooms, restrooms and even the gym.

"Everybody is just thrilled this is happening for our kids," said Center Grove Schools Superintendent Richard Arkanoff. "We're getting positive response because we're not raising taxes."

Although much of the work is complete, there is still a long way to go on work at North Elementary School.

"This building hasn't been upgraded in 30 years," Arkanoff said.

Students will also notice a new curriculum. Language will now be offered to more students, and technology has been expanded.

Administrators will start planning the next major planning phase this fall.

They hope to get input from parents and the community.

Click here to learn more about the district's strategic planning process.