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ESSA Forum

Local Superintendents have put together a work group to give positive input and feedback into changes to ESSA. ESSA, or Every Student Succeeds Act, will have a drastic effect on school districts across the state for many years to come. This is an opportunity to let the our legislators and the Ohio Department of Education know that we will no longer stand for over testing of our children and unfunded mandates that are not required by the federal government. If you have not had a chance to look over the draft and what Ohio plans to do with ESSA, I suggest that you Google Ohio ESSA and look at what is being recommended for the students of Ohio in the future.

  1. We will conduct a community forum on Ohio's ESSA draft. That forum will take place on February 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00. The meeting will take place at Avon High School.
  2. We need teachers, parents and community members present to help in the discussion forum.
  3. The majority of the meeting will be getting attendees into groups in order to process the information and to get their feedback and recommendations on Ohio's ESSA draft. THIS IS CRITICAL. In order to start a real conversation and coalition, we need you, our constituents.
  4. We will then create a response that will be sent to Columbus.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Graig Bansek, Superintendent, at (440) 236-5008. Hope to see you there!

Operation Street Smart

We are partnering with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office to bring a nationally known program to CHS. Operation Street Smart Drug Education will be held on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the CHS gymnasium.

Please mark your calendars. 

For more information on this program, visit https://sheriff/franlincountyohio.gov/programs/operation-street-smart-drug-education.cfm
Proposed Changes to the 2017-18 School Calendar
2017-18 School Calendar

Please click the link below for the proposed changes to the 2017-18 school calendar.  This presentation was given to the community on December 14 by Graig Bansek, Superintendent.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bansek at (440) 236-5008 or bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us

The CLSD Board of Education will vote on the calendar on February 15 at their regular meeting.

2017-18 Calendar Presentation
New Member - Board of Education

On December 14, Megan Champagne was sworn in as the newest member of the Columbia Board of Education.

Megan and her husband Shaun have three children who attend Columbia Local Schools. Megan graduated from Columbia High School in 1995. She earned her BA in English from Ohio University, her teaching credentials from John Carroll University, and will complete her MA in Education with a focus in Educational Leadership in 2018. Megan is currently an English Instructor at Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin, Ohio. She is a Girl Scout leader and is an active member of Columbia Athletic Boosters.
School Closing Information
Wintry weather is upon us, and with that comes some very difficult decisions for northeast Ohio superintendents. Calling off school for inclement weather is always a difficult decision – we want our students here in class, but their safety is critical. With that in mind, we wanted to share some important information about Snow Days in the Columbia Local Schools.

How the Decision is Made
The decision to close school is not made lightly. However, there are times when safety concerns for our students make this necessary. Factors that are considered include information about whether or not temperatures are safe for students waiting at bus stops, whether or not school parking lots and sidewalks are clear and safe for both driving and walking, whether or not main roads and side streets are safe for students to walk to the bus stop or school and whether or not the Transportation Department believes school buses can safely transport students to and from school.

In addition we consult with the Columbia Township road crews to see if they believe that travel is safe. We also check the forecast for the hours immediately before, during and after school. The superintendents in the area consult each other to see if they have decided to cancel classes or remain open.

Making Up Missed Days of Instruction
Back in 2014-2015 school year, the state began considering hours in school instead of days in school when giving credit for a cancelled day. School can be closed because of bad weather, but because CLSD students attend school more than the minimum number of hours, we should not have to make up snow days at the end of the school year.

Communicating Snow Days
If school is called off because of bad weather, the district will notify parents and staff by our all call system, social media (@graigbansek on Twitter) and local television. The official announcement will also be posted on the district’s website at www.columbia.k12.oh.us

Parent Reminders
Sometimes parents may disagree with the decision to not close school. If that is the case, parents can decide whether or not to send their children to school.

On the winter days in which school is in session, please be sure to send your child to school properly dressed for the weather. Hats, gloves and warm coats are often necessary even if your child is taking the bus to school. Whenever possible, students will go out for recess and similar activities when conditions are safe.

In the meantime, please keep an eye on the weather and know that we will share the decision to close school as early as we are able when the forecast is questionable.
Survey Results
Survey Results
Please click HERE to view the results of the parent/community survey from this fall. We appreciate and thank those of you that took the time to complete it. Many suggestions and concerns are being addressed currently or will be in the next several months. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact Graig Bansek, Superintendent.  
A Successful Food Drive
Thank you to the principals for organizing a holiday food drive for the Columbia Food Bank.  Over 1400 items were collected.  Thank you to students, staff and parents for your donations.  These items will make a difference in our community during the holidays.
Substitute Bus Drivers Needed
The Columbia Local School District is seeking qualified candidates to use as substitute bus drivers.

If interested, please complete an employment application and return it to:

Al Cantrell
Transportation Supervisor
Columbia Local School District
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028

Download the application by clicking HERE.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and must pass a criminal background check. The need is for bus drivers to be used only on an as-needed basis.

Please contact Mr. Cantrell if you need further information, 440/236-8222.

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.

District News
Free and Reduced Price Lunches

The Columbia Local School District today announced its 2016-2017 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

College Credit Plus
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.
Graig Bansek, Superintendent
Patricia Eddy, Treasurer
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25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station OH 44028
Phone - (440) 236-5008
Fax - (440) 236-8817
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