Dear Parent/Guardian,

It is unbelievable how quickly this school year is passing us by. Only nine weeks left! What an amazing year we are having in the Columbia Local Schools! Once again, our students and teachers have accomplished so much. Our students have access to a high quality education supported by a tremendously skilled staff. We are able to provide this support to each student thanks in part to the support that we receive from each of you. I am delighted with our district’s steady progress and our community’s steadfast support of our schools.
CLSD is looking to reach out to the community to improve communication. We will provide a newsletter highlighting our students and school district. It will be added as an insert in the Rural Urban Record. The newsletter will be called “Raider Reflections.” Beginning next year, it will arrive in households three times a year; fall, winter and spring. Our 5-year strategic plan will be communicated at the annual “State of the Schools” address on April 22nd at 6:30 pm at CMS. The committees have set many goals to accomplish in the future. Thanks to all of the parents, staff and community members that helped create it. Communication will also be improved through a new, easier to navigate website. The new website will be revealed in May.       
On Tuesday, May 5th CLSD will have two renewal levies on the ballot, Issue 11 and 12. Both of these levies are renewals and WILL NOT increase taxes. Below I have provided a copy of the ballot language and explanation:

ISSUE #11                  PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)

A renewal tax for the benefit of the Columbia Local School District for the purpose of general permanent improvements at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.20 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016.

A permanent improvement levy can only be used to construct, add to or repair buildings, lay sidewalks, build parking lots, purchase computers and equipment, buses and make many other such improvements to school property and assets.  They are generally considered to be items lasting for five years or more. The proceeds from a permanent improvement levy can’t be used for the district's current operating expenses. This levy was originally approved by voters in 2010. It will generate the same dollar amount for the district if passed.


Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Columbia Local School District for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district in the sume of $625,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 3.13 mills for each one collar of valuation, which amounts to $0.313 for each hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 5 years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016.


An emergency levy is defined by the state as a property tax that serves as a limited operating levy proposed for a specific dollar amount. This levy was first approved by voters in the year 2000, renewed in 2005 and again in 2010. The original millage in 2000 was 4.94 mills and has reduced to 3.13 mills. These funds are used for district operations such as employee compensation, supplies, materials and utilities. It will generate the same dollar amount it did in 2000.

The quality of our schools is critical to the health, economy, reputation and future of our community. Most importantly, to ensure our students are fully prepared for college, careers and citizenship. Please take the time to cast your vote on May 5th! I am proud to be the superintendent of such an amazing school district. I am grateful to our students, parents, staff and community for making CLSD such a special place for young people to learn and grow. I wish all of you a safe and relaxing spring break! 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (440) 236-5008.
Graig Bansek
Columbia Local Schools




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


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Columbia Local Schools
Graig Bansek, Superintendent
Patricia Eddy, Treasurer
Administration Center
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station OH 44028
Phone - (440) 236-5008
FAX - (440) 236-8817
Office Hours 7:00- 4:00


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