About 15,700 students will fill the classrooms and hallways of Hilliard's 22 schools when the 2013-14 school year starts Tuesday, Aug. 20.
"We do so much more (in the summer) to prepare for this day and I am amazed at the amount of opportunity there is when the kids come back to school," said Hilliard Superintendent John Marschhausen.
Upon their return, students will be greeted by new principals at several buildings, as well as infrastructure improvements at some of the buildings.
New start times also will be in effect. District officials tweaked the bell schedule for the second consecutive year to create the most efficient system for busing.
Kindergarten -- for all schools except Alton Darby and Norwich elementary schools -- is from 8:50 to 11:20 a.m. for morning classes and from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m. for afternoon classes.
Morning kindergarten at Alton Darby Elementary School is from 9:05 to 11:35 a.m. and afternoon kindergarten is from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
At Norwich Elementary School, kindergarten is a full day and classes for all students, kindergarten to fifth grade, begin at 9:05 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
For all elementary schools other than Alton Darby and Norwich, classes for grades 1-5 begin at 8:50 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m.
At Alton Darby, classes for grades 1-5 begin at 9:05 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.
Among the older children, the school day at Hilliard Station Sixth Grade school is from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; at Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School, the school day is from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The school day at Heritage, Memorial and Weaver middle schools begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.
At the district's three high schools, Bradley, Darby and Davidson, classes begin at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:32 p.m.
Buildings open 10 to 20 minutes prior to the tardy bell, depending upon the school.
New faces in new places
Seven schools have a new principal this year: Bradley and Darby high schools; Heritage Middle School; and Avery, Beacon, Brown and Horizon elementary schools.
Mindy Mordarski will take over at Bradley, Joyce Brickley is the new principal at Darby and Dawn Sayre will return to Hilliard to lead Heritage Middle School.
At the elementary schools, the new principals are: Tara Grove at Avery; Betsy Long at Beacon; Jonathan Way at Brown; and Hilary Sloat at Horizon.
Improvements to buildings
The district's administrative offices have been moved to the transportation center, 2140 Atlas Drive in Columbus.
The old offices on Cemetery Road are now the McVey Innovative Learning Center, which will be dedicated Sept. 8. It is named in honor of Dale McVey, who retired as superintendent June 30.
Infrastructure improvements completed during the summer included resurfacing of parking lots at Brown and Beacon elementary schools, Hilliard Crossing Elementary School and the connection between Heritage and Memorial middle schools.
In addition, the roof was replaced at Alton Darby Elementary School and preschool and restrooms were remodeled at Davidson High School.