Franklin College grad to lead Center Grove Middle School Central

A Franklin College graduate was tapped to start work as Center Grove Middle School Central’s principal starting next month.

Center Grove Community School Corporation Board of Trustees members unanimously approved a contract to hire Jason Wiesmann as the school’s new principal during their meeting Thursday. Weismann currently serves Perry Township Schools as Southport 6th Grade Academy’s principal. He replaces Craig Smith, who told school officials in February he would leave his position after spring break, according to a news release from Center Grove schools.

Craig served Middle School Central for 7.5 years, spokesperson Stacy Conrad said in an email.

Wiesmann has been the principal of Southport 6th Grade Academy for the past four years, and last year, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching named the school a national finalist for its Founder’s Award. His 18 years of administrative experience also include his time as an assistant principal and as a dean of students, at Southport Middle School. Wiesmann graduated from Franklin College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and earned his master’s degree in education administration from Ball State University.

“I am excited to be joining the Center Grove team and look forward to contributing to the school district’s continued success,” Wiesmann said in the statemetn. “I am eager to collaborate with my new colleagues and to work towards consistently performing and achieving at the highest of levels.”

Wiesmann’s experience will help students excel at Middle School Central, Superintendent Rich Arkanoff said in the statement.

“We are very pleased to bring Mr. Wiesmann to Center Grove,” he said. “He is a dedicated educator who is passionate about helping students achieve their best. We are confident he will be a great fit for our talented staff at MSC.”