On Friday, September 2nd, Columbia Local Schools dedicated the renovation of the stadium. On hand at the ceremony were all five members of the BOE, student athletes, band members, cheerleaders and staff.
Graig Bansek, Superintendent, recognized and thanked a large group of parents and community members that began the renovation with stadium lights and a press box almost twenty years ago.
Two years ago CLSD's insurance company and the EPA were questioning handicap accessibility and the concession stand. CLSD knew a plan had to be adopted. A committee was then formed to evaluate all of the facilities.
After many meetings and hours with architects and engineers the project got off of the ground in 2015. Phase one of the project completed last year addressed a handicap ramp, seating and partial concrete, construction of a visitor's press box and siding and roofing of the home press box.
Phase two was completed this summer with the addition of restrooms, ticket booth, band bleachers, renovations to the concession stand, handicap parking, parking lot and solid surfaces. Three new flag poles and flags as well as a new victory bell were provided by donation.
The project was paid for through donations, the sale of district properties and the Permanent Improvement Fund. No general fund monies were used for the project. The District also thanked the following people and businesses for donating time, labor or materials to the project:
Columbia Board of Education
Columbia Athletic Boosters
J.L. Moore, Inc.
Lorain County Solid Waste Management
The Custar Family
Jay, Kim and Cody Schwartz
In total, almost $70,000 was donated.