Dear Parents/Community Members,


Columbia Local Schools would like to thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.  We are reaching out to you today to ask for your assistance to help us guide the future of our schools! An active partnership between parents, community members and school personnel is a critical component of an effective school system.
This year the district is committed to reviewing all components of our organization. Beginning in November of 2014, we will begin the process of designing a strategic plan. This plan will be put into place for school years 2015 through 2020. 
There are four goals that we will examine:
1.       Student Achievement/Academics
2.       Facilities
3.       Finance/Funding
4.       Connections/Community/Trust
Each of these goals has a committee. The committees will meet three to four times during the course of the school year. The committees will develop the objectives and strategies that go with each goal.  Your input is important to the future of our schools! We are looking for teachers, parents and community members to be a part of these committees. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees please call me at (440) 236-5008 or email me at
Our new mission statement for CLSD is: “To provide the students of our community with the opportunity for a balanced education from a staff dedicated to each student’s success.”
A lot of work goes into making our schools successful. We hope that you will be able to volunteer your time to help CLSD as we move forward. Thank you once again for making our schools the Best!!!
Graig Bansek
Columbia Local Schools



The District is in need of substitute food service workers, bus drivers, administrative assistants, and educational aides.  If you are interested, please complete the Classified Employee application and return it to the Office of the Superintendent. 
Minimum qualifications for employment:  18 years of age or older, high school graduate or equivalent.  If considered for employment, a fingerprint background check will be conducted.  Substitute bus drivers require a valid driver's license with two years driving experience; driving record with no violations.


The Columbia Local School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, age, disability or on the basis of legally acquired genetic information in employment or the provision of services.

The Lorain County General Health District is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health to keep us informed of available resources addressing the Ebola Virus.  Pertinent information is posted on the Lorain County General Health District's website,
If you have questions, for the most accurate information, please refer to the Lorain County General Health District's webiste or contact them by phone at (440) 322-6367.  The Ohio Departmen tof Health also has a 24/7 hotline (866) 800-1404.  The Ohio Department of Health has also issued a fact sheet.  What you Need to Know about Ebola.
CLSD will do everything in its power to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Should you have any specific concerns, please contact my office at (440) 236-5008.


Notice to Parents from Federal Court about the Opportunity to Object to the Release of Educational Data



A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school-year records from the Ohio Department of Education's Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on your district website and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.
A copy of the notice - which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release - can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.
Students' names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.
Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state's Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.
The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.  
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Columbia Local Schools
Graig Bansek, Superintendent
Patricia Weber, 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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