Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent

The students of Columbia Local Schools continue to achieve at the highest of levels. A great staff and community are the reasons for our success. This is what makes CLSD one of the best school districts in the State of Ohio. We are proud of the accomplishments of OUR students, staff and community. Thank you for being so supportive!

I am proud to be a Raider and I hope that you share the same vision. Raider Nation is a great place to be! I always welcome your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to email me at bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us or by calling me at (440) 236-5008. Let's have another fantastic school year!

Superintendent's News

Rural Urban Record - December 10, 2018

If we need to cancel school due to inclement weather, all parents will receive a call via our all-call system.  This call will be made no later than 6:15 am.  It will also be posted on local television stations, our website and Twitter @graigbansek.  The determination on whether or not to have school during winter weather is not an easy decision, nor is it taken lightly.  Not only do we have buses that are driving in the winter weather, but also have to take into consideration that teenagers are driving to and from the high school.  I have conversations with Mr. Rundle about our local roads, our transportation and maintenance supervisors and local superintendents.  If the buses begin to roll, school will be in session.  If school is in session and you choose not to send your child that is a decision you make as a parent.  I will make a decision that I feel is necessary for the safety and well-being of the children and staff of CLSD.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

All parents and the community are invited to attend the Copopa Art Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 11th beginning at 5:45 pm.  There will also be a book fair starting at 5:45 pm in the media center.  This is a great opportunity to tour the building while viewing the awesome 1st and 3rd grade artwork.  

The holidays are right around the corner and we have many concerts to help you get into the spirit.  Our students have worked hard to show off their talents.  We are hoping that you can attend!

Copopa’s 1st and 3rd grade music program will be on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:45 pm. 

CMS will hold its 5th and 6th grade concert on Wednesday, December 12th.  It begins at 7:00 pm.  

The 7th and 8th grade concert will take place on Thursday, December 13th beginning at 7:00 pm.

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm at CMS in room #20.  There is no work session prior to the meeting.  There will be a short executive session beginning at 6:30 pm.  Hope to see you there! 

Thank you to the nearly 100 residents that attended the bi-annual Senior Citizen breakfast this past Wednesday at CHS!  I would also like to thank Ms. Atkinson, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Zapior, our Key Club students and our wonderful kitchen staff for preparing and putting on this event.  Thanks, as always, to the Columbia Community Foundation for their partnership and sponsoring.  I hope to see all of you and more return in May!
 
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Rural Urban Record - November 26, 2018

CLSD’s “Raider Reflections” newsletter is an insert in this week’s Rural Urban Record.  Please take a moment to read the great things happening in our district!  I am so proud of our students and staff!

The Columbia High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently inducted 21 new members:  Nicole Ballachino, Brian Barta, Kevin Barta, Justin Bell, Sydney Berg, Samantha Carrico, Sarah Conway, Serena DeNoto, Angelina Furyes, Amelia Hritz, Jackson Ives, Sarah Kittleberger, Mackenzie Marx, Fiona Medina, Emma Roberts, Danielle Roginsky, Rose Sikorski, Benjamin Skowronsky, Alexis Speck, Jared Swartz and Sophia Vozar.  Two-year members include:  Jennifer Boey, Jared Bycznski, Benjamin Champagne, Matthew Dixon, Danielle Gerda, Serena Goode, Jillian Grzywna, Tyler Hite, Stephanie Makowski, Adam Ross, Annie Sprinkle, Ambriel Stair, Carissa Templeton and Lizzabeth Whatmore.  Congratulations to each student!  I am very proud of your hard work!

Congratulations to Emma Roberts and Fiona Medina for winning the 2018 Teen Driver Safety Billboard contest, hosted by the Lorain County Health Department .  The winning artwork will be on three billboards located in Elyria and Lorain.  The artists each received a cash award and  the art department at CHS received $500 donation. Congratulations ladies! 

CHS and Key Club would like to invite all senior citizens to their biannual Senior Citizens Breakfast.  This will take place on Wednesday, December 5th at CHS in the cafeteria at 8:45 am.  If you plan to attend, please contact CHS at (440) 236-5001 by December 3rd.  I hope to see you there!

Winter sports have begun at CMS with boys basketball.  CHS girls and boys basketball begins soon.  I would like to wish all of our winter sports teams, cheerleaders and the coaches the best of luck this season!  GO RAIDERS!

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We are always looking to improve the quality of the school district and the services we provide.  If you have a suggestion, question or comment please feel free to call me at (440) 236-5008 or email bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us

Rural Urban Record - November 19, 2018

I want to thank Pastor Jim Hurst, the Columbia Community Foundation and the Congregations of Columbia for hosting a Thanksgiving Day dinner for the residents of our community.  This will take place on Thursday, November 22nd at CHS.  Serving times are 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  The district is honored to be a part of this day.  Many our staff and students will be volunteering his or her time to help with this event.  What a great opportunity to gather with friends, family and the community.  We are Columbia Proud!

Schools and offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd.  CLSD would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

The next issue of CLSD’s “Raider Reflections” will be an insert in the November 26th issue of the Rural Urban Record.  Please take a moment to see the great things happening in our schools.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

CLSD is looking for substitute bus drivers, cleaners, custodians and kitchen personnel.  If you are interested, please go to our website and download an application.  The application should be turned in at the Administration Center at 25796 Royalton Road or sent to me by email at bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us

We are always looking to improve the quality of the school district and the services we provide.  If you have a suggestion, question or comment please feel free to call me at (440) 236-5008 or email bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us

Rural Urban Record - November 5, 2018

CLSD will hold its annual Family Night on Wednesday, November 13th.  There will be no practices, games, activities or homework on this evening.  All buildings will close by 4:00 pm on this day.  The goal of family night is to encourage families to take the evening and spend time together as a family in whatever way works best for each family.    More information on our website at www.columbia.k12.oh.us  

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm at CMS in room #20.  There will be a BOE Work Session prior to the regular meeting at 6:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Matt Pettegrew and Maddie Finton that will represent the CHS Cross Country teams at the State meet on Saturday, November 3rd.  Matt was the runner-up and Maddie placed 7th at the Regional meet last weekend in Youngstown.  I wish both runners the best of luck!

Congratulations to the varsity football team for making the State playoffs.  Currently the team is 7-3 overall.  They will play at Mogadore on Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm.  I wish the team and coaches the best of luck!

There will be no school for students on Monday, November 5th.  All staff will be attending a professional development day at Lorain County Community College.  CLSD will join Clearview, Firelands, Keystone and Wellington.  The motto for the day is “Preparing Students of Today for Tomorrow.”  I would like to thank all of the districts for their collaboration and the Lorain County Educational Service Center for their support in making this happen for the students of Lorain County!  

Conferences are coming to Columbia Local Schools.  They will held on November 7th:  CHS 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm, Copopa/CMS 4:15 pm - 8:00 pm and November 8th:  CHS 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Copopa/CMS 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Principals will be sending out the information to all parents to sign up online.  If you have a question or concern please contact the school in which your child attends.   

Students will be released early from school on November 8th: CHS at 11:15 am and Copopa/CMS at 12:00 pm.  Buses will run to and from school on this day.  JVS students will be bused from the JVS to CHS in the afternoon.  However, there will be no busing from CHS to home.  Please make separate arrangements on this day.
 
CLSD is looking for substitute bus drivers, cleaners, custodians and kitchen personnel.  If you are interested, please go to our website and download an application.  The application should be turned in at the Administration Center at 25796 Royalton Road or sent to me by email at bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us
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Rural Urban Record - October 29, 2018

There will be no school for students on Monday, November 5th.  All staff will be attending a professional development day at Lorain County Community College.  CLSD will join Clearview, Firelands, Keystone and Wellington.  The motto for the day is “Preparing Students of Today for Tomorrow.”  I would like to thank all of the districts for their collaboration and the Lorain County Educational Service Center for their support in making this happen for the students of Lorain County!  

Flu season is just around the corner and the Lorain County General Health District is working to keep residents safe and protected against the flu.  A flu shot clinic will be held at the Columbia Township Fire Department on Wednesday, October 31st from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Any questions please contact the Lorain County General Health District at 440-322-6367.

Conferences are coming to Columbia Local Schools.  They will held on November 7th:  CHS 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm, Copopa/CMS 4:15 pm - 8:00 pm and November 8th:  CHS 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Copopa/CMS 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Principals will be sending out the information to all parents to sign up online.  If you have a question or concern please contact the school in which your child attends.   

Students will be released early from school on November 8th: CHS at 11:15 am and Copopa/CMS at 12:00 pm.  Buses will run to and from school on this day.  JVS students will be bused from the JVS to CHS in the afternoon.  However, there will be no busing from CHS to home.  Please make arrangements for this day.
 
CLSD is looking for substitute bus drivers, cleaners, custodians and kitchen personnel.  If you are interested, please go to our website and download an application.  The application should be turned in at the Administration Center at 25796 Royalton Road or sent to me by email at bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us

We are always looking to improve the quality of the school district and the services we provide.  If you have a suggestion, question or comment please feel free to call me at (440) 236-5008 or email bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us

Rural Urban Record - October 22, 2018

Congratulations to Wendy Metzger as she was recently named “Columbia Bus Driver of the Year!”  She was recognized at the annual driver’s award banquet hosted by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.  Wendy has been an employee for CLSD for 21 years.  Thank you Wendy for your dedication to our district!   

Flu season is just around the corner and the Lorain County General Health District is working to keep residents safe and protected against the flu.  A flu shot clinic will be held at the Columbia Township Fire Department on Wednesday, October 31st from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Any questions please contact the Lorain County General Health District at 440-322-6367.

Conferences are coming to Columbia Local Schools.  They will held on November 7th:  CHS 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm, Copopa/CMS 4:15 pm - 8:00 pm and November 8th:  CHS 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Copopa/CMS 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Principals have sent information to all parents to sign up online.  If you have a question or concerns please contact the school in which your child attends.   

Students will be released early from school on November 8th: CHS at 11:15 am and Copopa/CMS at 12:00 pm.  Buses will run to and from school on this day.  JVS students will be bused from the JVS to CHS in the afternoon.  However, there will be no busing from CHS to home.  Please make arrangements for this day.
 
CLSD is looking for substitute bus drivers, cleaners, custodians and kitchen personnel.  If you are interested, please go to our website and download an application.  The application should be turned in at the Administration Center at 25796 Royalton Road or sent to me by email at

We are always looking to improve the quality of the school district and the services we provide.  If you have a suggestion, question or comment please feel free to call me at (440) 236-5008 or email bansekg@columbia.k12.oh.us
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