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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 to announce that Eva Albanese will be the 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. If interested, Parents/Guardians will need to attend a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:00 pm in the media center at Copopa Elementary. Peer model students wishing to attend our preschool will be selected by lottery on this night. If chosen in the lottery, a non-refundable down payment of $300.00 is required to reserve your spot. Second payment of $300.00 is due by May 15th and final payment of $660.00 is due by September 1st. Please make checks payable to Columbia Local Schools.

Once accepted and a $300.00 down payment is made, you will need to enroll your child in Columbia Schools using OneView on the district website. You will need to bring your child’s immunization records, birth certificate and two proofs of residency to the Administration Center once enrolled. Please contact Liz Wenzel at (440) 236-1236 with any questions in regards to enrollment. 

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!

Kindergarten Registration

Dear Kindergarten Families,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Copopa Elementary School.  This is an exciting time for you and your child.  Very soon, your child will begin his/her educational journey which will prepare them for what lies ahead.  It is our mission to engage each student in their learning and provide the best academic experience for them.  You will soon find that there are many opportunities to be partners in education and we encourage each of you to take an interest and become involved in Copopa.  If I, or my staff, can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call our office at 236-5020.
If your child is five years old on or before August 1, 2019,  he/she is eligible to attend kindergarten. 


Enrollment forms are located on an online parent portal called OneView.  Oneview can be found in the upper right corner of this page.   If you have any questions, please contact our District Registrar, Liz Wenzel at (440) 236-1236 or at wenzell@columbia.k12.oh.us

Troy Bunner
Copopa Elementary School

Before/After School Care

Starting in the fall of 2017, 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 Area Director:
Madi Jackson

or call (800) 341-3177

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


7/8 Football Practice

Sun Aug 18 2019

7/8 Football Practice

Mon Aug 19 2019

MS Volleyball @ Langston MS

Mon Aug 19 2019


Calendar of events are listed on school webpages!  
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