Students at Groveport Madison High School and Middle School North will see new people in the schools' top administrative posts when they return to class for the 2017-18 school year.

Jaivir Singh, assistant principal at the high school since 2015, is now the principal. He succeeds Aric Thomas, who left the district for a principal position with Worthington City Schools.

"I am deeply honored and excited for the opportunity to lead and serve the Cruiser community," Singh said in a press release.

"I am looking forward to working with students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members to better Groveport Madison High School and accelerate student achievement."

Singh has coordinated student testing and overseen the curriculum and academic programs at GMHS. He also has focused on providing ongoing professional development to the school's teaching staff. At the same time, Singh has served as an adjunct faculty instructor at Columbus State Community College.

He received a bachelor of science degree in physics, mathematics and chemistry from Panjab University, in Chandigarh, India, where he also received a master's degree in physics and his doctoral degree in theoretical physics.

Jeff Jones, formerly principal at Beavercreek High School, is the new Middle School North principal. He replaces Brandy Grieves, who accepted a principal's job in Colorado.

"I am thrilled to be joining the team at Groveport Madison," Jones said in a press release, citing the district's "great foundations."

"The district ... is creating pathways for student success with the grants and other internal structures that will provide meaningful ways for students to choose their future path," he said. "I am humbled to be able to serve the community at Middle School North and I look forward to the relationships we will build together."

Jones received both a bachelor's degree in life sciences and a master of arts degree in teaching from Oberlin College.

Differing start dates

Like their peers in several other central Ohio districts, Groveport Madison students won't all head back to school on the same day.

Those in grades one through nine will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 14.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors will return on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Kindergarten students will have pre-assigned assessments done on Aug. 14-16 and will have staggered start dates between Aug. 18 and Aug. 22.

The first day for all kindergartners is Aug. 23.

Jeff Warner, the district's marketing, communications and community relations officer, said the different start dates for kindergarten students and high school freshmen offer many benefits.

"The district has used a staggered start schedule for kindergartners and freshmen for several years," Warner said. "The schedule gives students a chance to smoothly acclimate to their new environment and chance to get to know one another and become somewhat familiar with their schedule, responsibilities, etc."

Initial figures show that about 5,800 students are enrolled in Groveport Madison schools.

High school students will begin their day at 7:30 a.m. Dismissal at the high school is at 2:10 p.m.

Middle school students will begin their day at 8:10 a.m. and conclude school at 2:50 p.m.

Elementary students will begin their day at 9 a.m. and will be released at 3:40 p.m.

Bus routes and school supply lists are available on the district website,

Open houses

The district has also scheduled a series of school open houses at each school.

On Thursday, Aug. 10, Glendening Elementary School will hold an open house at 4 p.m.; Asbury Elementary School at 5 p.m.; Dunloe, Madison and Sedalia(for third through fifth grades) elementary schools at 5:30 p.m.; and Groveport Elementary School at 6 p.m.

An open house for grades one and two at Sedalia was held Aug. 9.

Also on Aug. 10, Middle School Central's open house will be held at 5 p.m., Middle School North's at 5:30 p.m. and Middle School South's at 6 p.m.

Cruiser Academy will hold its open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 15.