GROVE CITY – There’s been a lot going on in the Grove City Area School District, and most of it is positive, according to administrators.

During his superintendent’s report at the April 5 board work session, Dr. Jeffrey Finch reported that employees continue to make high-level efforts, and administrators are building bridges for new partnerships between the district and area organizations.

He recently met with Dr. David Tupponce, the new president of AHN Grove City. The district and hospital are excited to work together on projects like expanding early childhood education offerings.

District officials are also working out the details on plans to lease the former Highland Primary Center school building to the Grove City YMCA, which intends to use it for its early childhood education programs.

And school officials have been talking to Grove City College about grant-writing partnerships, and with Slippery Rock University about how the district could benefit from social work services, Finch said.

These connections show how communications have improved during the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

Also at the work session:

• Board members agreed to hold a special finance committee meeting at 6 p.m. April 26 to discuss the budget for the 2021-22 school year.

Board members are allowed to attend in-person while members of the public can attend virtually. Connection information will be posted online at

A standalone committee meeting will allow for more comments and questions and help prepare the board to vote on the preliminary budget in May, Finch said.

It will also set the stage for a vote on the final version of the budget in June. An additional budget meeting can be scheduled if necessary.

• Board members learned that Dr. Andrew Kemper, elementary vice principal, is resigning from the district. He will be working as director of pupil services at Sharpsville Area School District, said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joshua Weaver.

He and Tammi Martin, elementary principal, have started interviews to find his successor, and the process is going well. About 25 people applied for the job, and they hope to have a recommendation for the May 10 voting meeting.

It’s tough to lose someone like Kemper, but it’s also a point of pride for the district, Finch said. Sharpsville had a competitive search with an impressive group of applicants, and their decision to go with Kemper is a compliment for Grove City.

Some of the applicants have told Weaver that Grove City seems progressive and student-centered, which is a testament to the community and school board, Weaver said.

Board members approved Kemper’s resignation at the April 12 meeting.

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