Save-The-Date for a forum that we expect to be very powerful. Mark Barden, a parent who experienced the tragic loss of his son in the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut is coming to Lorain to share his story and to promote ideas for keeping our children safe. His important message about physical safety will be paired with information about how to keep children safe in the digital world. Please mark the date on your calendar and help us by sharing the information with "Everyone and Anyone" you know who may be interested. The forum is for ADULTS ONLY as the presenter from Sandy Hook will share a documentary clip that includes unsettling content. The evening promises to be compelling and informative. Please join us!
To register, email Vinalda Reyna at Lorain County Board of Mental Health  VREYNA@LCMHB.ORG or call o440/233-2020



The Columbia Schools Board of Education is hosting a "State of the Schools" address on Wednesday, April 22.  A general meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by the State of the Schools at 6:30 p.m.   This will take place in the CMS gymnasium.  All community members are encouraged to attend.


In an effort to make sure that all parents of Ohio middle and high school students know about Ohio's College Credit Plus program, the following directive was issued from Dr. Richard A. Ross, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact your building Principal or Guidance Counselor. 



Dear Parent or Guardian:
As your child moves closer to high school graduation you are probably thinking about whether he or she will go to college. Will your son or daughter be prepared for higher education? Will you be able to afford it?
These are normal questions for parents to ask. We have good news that can help you answer them if you think college may be in your child’s future. Ohio’s College Credit Plus program offers students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn college credit from any Ohio public college or participating private college while earning high school credit for the same courses, if they qualify academically. If a student qualifies for College Credit Plus, all associated costs are free to students seeking credit from public colleges. There may be limited costs for students seeking credit from private institutions.
Ohio has never offered your child a better start on a college education. A College Credit Plus student enjoys the opportunity to pursue more challenging classes and explore college interests sooner. Your child can earn anywhere from a few college credits to more than a year’s worth while still in high school. College Credit Plus can reduce your child’s time in college and greatly reduce your family’s higher education costs.
Private school and home school students also can apply to take part in College Credit Plus. If you are interested in having your child participate, I urge you to begin learning more now. The deadline is April 1 for students to let their high schools know they want to participate in College Credit Plus next school year. Students who attend nonpublic schools or are home-schooled must inform the Ohio Department of Education by the same April 1 deadline.
Here are your next steps:


Talk with your child's school.


Your local school district is required to provide you with information about College Credit Plus before March 1.  If you haven't received an email, letter or call yet, check your district's website.



The district also must hold a public meeting before March 30 to explain the program, and it must invite participating colleges and universities in your area to attend.



If you have a question about College Credit Plus, please visit our FAQ page at to see if the answer to your question is there.



If your question is not answered on the FAQ page or you do not receive timely information from your school, please contact the Ohio Department of Education toll-free at (877) 644-6338 or via email at



Your child's school and your area colleges will have the information you need to do your part on time.



In the meantime, have your child meet with his or her school counselor - you're welcome to attend also - to talk about whether College Credit Plus might be a good fit for your child.



Once you have the facts, contact or check the website of participating colleges in your area.   All public and participating private colleges in the state are listed at  Ask them for College Credit Plus application forms, instructions and a list of criteria they will use to determine if your child is college-ready for admission to that institution.



Once your child is admitted to a college under College Credit Plus, he or she will be able to register for college courses.  Again, conversations with the high school counselor or a college advisor can help our child decide which of the many available college courses would match his or her needs and plans.



Have your child register for classes and provide a copy of his or her schedule to the high school counselor for review.

Ohio has many hardworking students, and we want to see all of them rewarded with a greater array of options and choices for their futures.  Please start talking to your child about College Credit Plus today.
Dr. Richard A. Ross           
Superintendent of Public Instruction    
Ohio Department of Education     


John Carey
Ohio Board of Regents
25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
phone  614.466.6000
fax  614.466.5866






2015 Inductees

The Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame was created to recognize the athletes, coaches, community members and officials who made outstanding contributions to the athletic programs of Columbia Local Schools. These individuals have also distinguished themselves as successful adults.
Clark Ashley ‘72 played four years of basketball and baseball at CHS. In basketball, his team won the Inland Conference Championship. He scored over 1,000 points in his high school career, including a game high 38 points. He led his team to a regional championship game and was selected 1st Team Inland Conference.
As a pitcher, Clark’s ERA was under 2.0 and he pitched several no-hitters and one-hit games.
Ken Broz ‘76 played four years of football, baseball and basketball at CHS. In football, he was selected All Conference and 1st Team All Ohio. 
Ken was awarded 11 varsity letters while at CHS. He also played football and baseball at Muskingum University and was awarded 8 varsity letters. 
Gregg Eichenberg ‘87 played basketball and baseball at CHS. In basketball, he was selected CHS MVP, 2nd Team Inland Conference, 1st Team Inland Conference MVP, 1st Team Lorain County, Mr. Basketball Lorain County, 1st Team All District and Special Mention All Ohio. As a senior, he averaged 23 points per game and is the 2nd all time leading scorer in CHS history.
In baseball, his pitching record was 8-1 and 9-2 and his batting average was over 500. He was selected CHS MVP, 1st Team Inland Conference, 1st Team Lorain County and All Ohio High School Coaches Association. 
Gregg played in the North-South All Ohio game for basketball and baseball and played both sports at John Carroll University.
Bill Heidinger coached softball from 1983-1992 and ended with a 137-45 record. His teams won 3 Inland Conference Championships, 3 MAC-8 Conference Championships, 8 Sectional Championships and 2 District Championships. They were District Runners-up twice and had 2 Regional appearances. Bill was selected Conference Coach of the Year an impressive 6 times.
Jamie Krivak Schulke ‘97 played basketball and volleyball for four years and softball for three years at CHS. In basketball, she is the career scoring leader with 1,619 points, including a game high 37 points and season high 532 points. She had 56 3-point shots in a season, including a game high of 6 shots. Other career stats include 794 rebounds, 450 steals and playing in 92 consecutive games. In 1997, she was Lorain County’s scoring leader.
She was selected 1st Team MAC-8 Conference, MAC-8 MVP, Lorain County Division III MVP, 1st Team Northeast District and 1st Team All Ohio. She played in the North-South All Star Game.
Jamie was awarded a 4-year Division I Women’s Basketball Scholarship to the University of Akron and was selected team MVP her senior year.
Kim Novotny Schwartz ‘89 played four years of volleyball, basketball and softball at CHS. In volleyball, her team won 3 Inland Conference Championships. She was selected 2nd Team Inland Conference, 2nd Team All District, 1st Team Inland Conference and Inland Conference MVP.
In basketball, her team won 2 Sectional Championships, 1 District Championship and she led her team to a Regional appearance. She was selected 2nd Team Lorain County, 2nd Team District, 1st Team District and 1st Team Inland Conference.
In softball, her team won 4 Inland Conference Championships. She was selected 1st Team Inland Conference, 1st Team Lorain County, 1st Team All District, Conference MVP and 1st Team All Ohio.
Kim played volleyball and softball at Tiffin University and earned many awards including softball MVP. She was inducted into the Tiffin University Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jim Waldecker coached girls basketball from 1983-1997 and again from 2004-2006. He ended with a 248-125 record. His teams won 4 Conference Championships, 8 Sectional Championships and 3 District Championships. They were also District Runner-up once and had 3 Regional appearances. He was selected MAC-8 Coach of the Year 4 times and Lorain County Division III or IV Coach of the Year 5 times.
Wally also coached JV girls and Freshman boys basketball, middle school and high school track, and 8th grade, Freshman and Varsity football. 
In 1998, he was inducted into the Keystone Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was inducted into the Lorain County Girls Basketball Hall of Fame.
 Congratulations to the Class of 2015!  
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Graig Bansek, Superintendent
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Phone - (440) 236-5008
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