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Letter to Parents/Guardians


Administration Center
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, OH  44028
(440) 236-5008

Dear Parent/Guardian,

November 5th, CLSD will be on the ballot for two issues.  Issue #10 - The Substitute Levy is not a tax increase!  Issue #10 combines CLSD’s two existing Emergency Levies into one Substitute Levy.  The term of this levy is for ten (10) years.  Ohio Revised Code (ORC) allows school districts to “combine” Emergency Levies and have one (1) vote (ballot issue) rather than multiple renewals on the ballot over the course of years.

The Substitute Levy is the same as an Emergency Levy in the revenue it generates (fixed dollar) and the taxes paid by current homeowners.  The difference between the levies is that a Substitute Levy permits revenue growth on “new” construction in the school district each year.

In the first year of the Substitute Levy it will generate the exact amount of revenue as the two Emergency Levies that it is replacing. After the first year, the existing homes/buildings will be taxed the same amount as previous years for the Substitute Levy.  New construction will be taxed at the previous year’s tax rate which will increase revenue for the school district.
ISSUE #10     PROPOSED TAX LEVY (Substitute)
Shall a tax levy substituting for two existing levies be imposed by the Columbia Local School District for the purpose of providing for the necessary requirements of the school district in the initial sum of $2,222,000.00 and a levy of taxes be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 9.24 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.924 for each hundred dollars of valuation for the initial year of the tax, for a period of 10 years, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020, with the sum of such tax to increase only if and as new land or real property improvements not previously taxes by the school district are added to its tax list?  If approved, any remaining tax years on any of the two existing leview will not be collected after tax year 2018 (collection year 2019).
For the Tax Levy                     Against the Tax Levy

Issue #11 is a 2 mill Permanent Improvement renewal levy for a term of five (5) years.  This is not a tax increase!  This will allow CLSD to continue to renovate and fix district buildings and grounds, purchase technology, buses, and make improvements, etc.  This levy cannot be used for salaries and benefits!

A renewal of a 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 on hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2020, first due in calendar year 2021.
For the Tax Levy                      Against the Tax Levy

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 November 5th!  

Thanks again for your continued support of CLSD!


Graig Bansek
Columbia Local Schools

Ohio School Report Card

The annual release of the Ohio School Report Cards were made public late last week.  CLSD and other school districts across the state are rated on specific marks of performance, also called measures, within categories called components.  We receive letter grades on the six components and each one is weighted .  These components make up our final grade.  Our overall grade as a district was a "B." 

I am very proud to say that we continue to improve across the board.  We are in the top of Lorain County with our overall grades. This is a testament to our entire staff!   As you know, the report card is not a true indication of the excellent education our students receive.  There is much more than one test given, one time during the course of each school year.  However, it is the one and only measure that the Ohio Department of Education, the public and the legislature can see in regards to progress.  I am hoping that soon changes will be made so that all of us can understand this process in layman's terms.

The administration will continue to dive into the data and make the necessary changes so that we can continue to make positive gains.  

Graig Bansek

Buildings and Grounds

You may have noticed our new maintenance building, the painting of the transportation garage and Administration Center and tree clearing by our office.  This new garage is the first time our employees will have a home since we sold the Watson property and the old Copopa land.  All of our maintenance vehicles, tools, tractors and supplies will now be in one place.  I know that many of you are curious as to what we are doing with the tree removal behind the garages and next to the park.  In the future, this will be a private access drive for our bus fleet to travel safely to the buildings as well as traffic in and out of the K-8 campus.  It has become very difficult for our drivers to exit our lot with all of the traffic on Route 82.  
With your support, we are continuing to make improvements to our buildings and grounds.  Thank you!      

District Profile

We are excited to unveil, for the first time, the CLSD District Profile.  First, I want to thank all of our staff members that played a role in its completion.  Columbia Local Schools is excited to share this review of the past school year, 2018-2019.  Information provided in this document includes financial, district, building and department information, academic achievement and offerings, the Arts, athletics and much more.  This is another way that we are being transparent to the community that supports its schools.  Each year this document will be available for the public to view.  If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us or call 440/236-5008.  Thank you again for your support of Columbia Local Schools!

Graig Bansek,

Free or Reduced-Price Meals Program

The Columbia Local School District  today announced its 2019-2020 program year policy for (free and reduced-price meals or free milk) for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, or Special Milk Programs.  Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or free milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program.
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State of the Schools

State of the Schools was held on April 10th at 7:00 pm.  To view the presentation please click on the link below:

Little Raiders Preschool

Columbia Local Schools would like to welcome you to the Little Raiders Preschool program! 

This program individualizes learning and is appropriate for children of varying backgrounds, which is tailored to the current developmental level of each child. A peer model is a child without a disability who displays typical development and behavior in the classroom setting. All students in the program participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate preschool activities. The curriculum will be aligned with the Early Learning Content Standards.

We are excited that Eva Costa is our preschool teacher and Robin Randall the educational aide. Judy Skoczen will serve as the director of the program. You can reach Judy at (440) 236-5021 if you have any further questions. 

Typically developing peer models ages 4 and 5 (by August 1st) will be accepted in this program. Each morning and afternoon session will consist of a total of 12-16 students. Placement will be based on the screening process. Resident students will be selected first followed by open enrollment students, if space is available. Students must be able to use restroom independently. 

Preschool will begin on September 10, 2019, and follow the Columbia Local School District calendar for conference days, professional development days, vacations, etc. It will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am to 11:15 am and 12:15 pm to 3:00 pm. There will be a morning and afternoon session. However, students can only attend one. There is no district transportation for typical peer models. 

Tuition is $1,260.00 for the school year. This payment includes an annual $60.00 snack fee. 

Public Finance Resources

Columbia Local Schools recently hired a firm called Public Finance Resources (PFR).  The purpose of the information provided below is to keep our residents and school community informed about the future.

1)     An update of its five-year forecast with an additional 10-year look ahead
2)     A review of housing activity and potential additional students from that activity. 
3)     A review of the district’s levy structure.
4)     A discussion of substitute levies and their potential impact on district finances.
5)     The outlook for future additional levy needs

If you have any questions after looking through the presentation or review, please do not hesitate to contact Graig Bansek, Superintendent, at (440) 236-5008.

Thank you!

Before/After School Care

Springboard Education in America will offer before and after-school care at Copopa Elementary School for students in grades K-6. 

Download a copy of the flyer HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Springboard at (800) 341-3177 or

Program Hours are:
6:30 -8:10 a.m.
3:35 - 6:00 p.m.
Early Release:  12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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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.



Columbia Administration Center
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028
(440) 236-5008
(440) 236-8817 (Fax)
Graig Bansek
Patricia Eddy
Office Hours 7:00-4:00

Upcoming Events


Marco's Pizza Night

Thu Oct 17 2019

Steam Club #1

Thu Oct 17 2019

Academic Challenge

Fri Oct 18 2019

MS Yearbook Mtg.

Fri Oct 18 2019


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