August 8, 2014
The summer is quickly coming to an end and we are looking forward to the start of another year on August 21st. Once again, we had a very successful 2013-2014 school year, both academically and athletically. We are proud of the efforts of our students and staff. We look forward to another fantastic year!
This summer we have been feverishly working to install technology and make improvements throughout the district. Wi-Fi is now available in all of our buildings. All classrooms either have a Smart Board or projector. A new computer lab has been installed at CHS as well as new computer carts at CHS and CMS. All of these projects were funded by the permanent improvement fund. I want to thank all of our custodial, maintenance and summer staff on a job well done!
Permanent Improvement Projects:
CHS - New doors were installed in the gym entrances, the entire building has been cleaned, the gym floor has been refinished, most of the parking lots have been crack filled and sealed and a concrete pad was installed at the back of the building.
CMS - A new roof was installed, the parking lot was crack filled and sealed, all classrooms were painted, the gym floor
has been refinished, and the entire building has been cleaned.
Copopa - A 40 x 40 concrete pad was added to the playground, the bricks are being installed from all of those that donated to the playground, and the entire school was cleaned.
Administration - Concrete was installed in the parking lot and doors were replaced.
Transportation - New bus, doors were replaced.
School Hours – There is a minor adjustment to the times at the buildings.
Columbia High School Grades 9-12 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
Columbia Middle School Grades 5-8 8:15 am – 3:12 pm
Copopa Elementary School Grades K-4 8:20 am – 3:15 pm
Bus drop off procedures - There is NO transportation for CHS students. Mr. Lynch will communicate the procedures for pickup and drop off at CHS and Mr. Bunner and Mr. Ketterer will speak to the procedures at CMS/Copopa. Bus routes for K-8 students are currently available on our website. Routes will be posted in an upcoming edition of the Rural Urban. The first couple days of school our buses may run a few minutes off of schedule due to the changes. Thank you in advance for your patience!
New Policies– Last spring the Board of Education approved two new policies. These policies are in regards to smoking and drinking on school property. CLSD is now a smoke and alcohol free environment. There is to be no smoking or consumption of alcohol on CLSD grounds. This includes tailgating at the stadium. As an adult, it is important to set good examples for the children. All offenders will be referred to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department. Thank you in advance for following these new policies.
Pay to Participate- $150.00 per sport and marching band with no family cap. All fees must be paid prior to participating in a scrimmage or game.
New Lunch Program – Sodexo, an international food service company, was hired by CLSD to manage our cafeterias. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students each day. There will be many more options available for students at lunch. Sodexo will be available at Open House to explain their program. Our plan is to provide a great service to the students as well as reduce our overall costs. This is a win-win for CLSD.
Breakfast/Lunch – Breakfast: K-4 is $1.00 and 5-12 is $1.50. Lunch is $3.50 in K-12. Your child may qualify for a free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch. Reduced-price breakfast is .30 and lunch is .40. Free/Reduced-price applications will be sent home with all students at the beginning of the school year. Please fill it out and return it immediately if you feel you qualify. We will once again be using the Point of Sale (POS) system. POS is a program that allows parents to deposit funds online or in person at the office for use in the cafeteria. These funds will be available for students each day. Parents will be able to monitor their child’s purchases via a website. Students will be required to enter a pin number to complete the process. Just go to our website and click on the “Pay For It” tab and follow the instructions.
Calamity Days – Beginning this school year, we are required to comply with minimum hours of instruction instead of a minimum number of school days. The minimum hours required are as follows: K-6 = 910 hours, 7-12 = 1,001 hours. Calamity days are figured by taking the number of open for instruction hours minus the state minimum. This does not include lunch. Our students are in session for 14/15 as follows: K-4 = 1,167 hours, 5-8 = 1,173 hours, 9-12 = 1183 hours. Therefore, calamity for 14/15 come out to 37 days in K-6, 8.5 days in grades 7-8 and 9.5 days in grades 9-12. This is not easy to explain. The easy part is the total number of calamity days in bold. Hopefully we will be spared of another bad winter.
Emergency Notification - All emergency notifications will be communicated through our Alert Solutions phone system. This includes calamity days. Even though this system is in place situations occur where a call cannot be made. Local television stations will also be notified. Please make sure that you notify the schools if you change your phone number at any point during the school year. Emergency medical forms will be sent home during the first week of school.
Open House -
Copopa (Grades K-4) Monday, August 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
CMS (Grades 5-8) Tuesday, August 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
CHS (Grades 9-12) Tuesday, August 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
School Fees - All students will be charged a $50.00 district student fee. This will be in addition to other fees. Failure to pay in full or by setting up a payment plan with the school will result in not being able to participate in that activity until all fees are paid. Failure to be up to date on fees will also result in grades being withheld until fees are paid in full. Policy was approved that all school fees must be paid in full prior to participating in any extracurricular activity that requires school transportation. Once again you can use the “Pay For It” system to complete this transaction.
Renewal Levies – In May of 2015, CLSD will have two renewal levies on the ballot. A 3.23 mill operating and a 2.0 mill permanent improvement levy. These are renewal levies only, no additional taxes. The operating levy supports our classrooms, teachers and many other important items. The PI pays for all improvements to the building and grounds. We appreciate your support in the past and hope that you will support our schools in May.
The Columbia Board of Education, Administration and staff are dedicated to the District and our decisions are made in the best interest of our students. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at (440)236-5008. We value your opinion!
I wish you and your student(s) a great 2014-2015 school year!
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