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 - 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

Rural Urban Record - October 1, 2018

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Columbia High School students will participate in our first ever Career, College, and Community Day.  On this day, our students will be participating in several different activities designed to prepare them for their future.  

Seniors may choose one of the following activities:
• College visit
• Career shadow
• Community service activity
• Seniors are not required to report to CHS for the above activities
• Take the ASVAB military exam here at CHS (7:30 am – 11:45 am)

Juniors may choose one of the following activities:
• Take the PSAT here at CHS (7:30 am – 11:45 am)
• Take the ASVAB military exam here at CHS (7:30 am – 11:45 am)

Sophomores
• Will take the Pre-ACT, followed by a guest speaker.

Freshmen
• Will be participating in career assessments through Naviance, followed by a guest speaker.

All students will be dismissed at 11:45 am.  Box lunches will be available to go.

If you have any questions, please contact the high school office 440-236-5001, or email lynchs@columbia.k12.oh.us or neffs@columbia.k12.oh.us 

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm at Columbia Middle School in room 18.  There will be a work session prior to the regular meeting at 6:00 pm.  A review of our state report card and a presentation by Public Finance Resources will take place.  Hope to see you in attendance.
 
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 - September 17, 2018

With a little more than a week into the new school year, I am truly amazed at how well our schools are running.  The students are doing a great job and I anticipate a great school year.  Thank you to our transportation department for the amazing job they have done transporting our students.  Thank you as well to all of our parents that are dropping off students and abiding by the procedures.  We will continue to work together in the best interest of our students!  

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

Monday, September 24th begins Homecoming Week.  The crowning of the king and queen will take place at 6:30 pm at Southwest General Stadium at Columbia High School on September 28th.  The Raiders will battle the Lutheran West Longhorns at 7:00 pm.  This is a great evening and weekend of fun and excitement for our community.  We hope that you can join us for this special event.  I would also like to welcome back all of our alumni.  #onceaRaider  See you on Friday the 28th!

Believe it or not, we are reaching the midpoint of our fall sports season, I want to thank our coaches and student athletes for conducting themselves in the Raider way.  I have heard a lot of positive comments from parents, other administrators and officials in regards to our sports teams, cheerleaders and band.  As Superintendent, it makes me proud to have such awesome kids representing our schools.  I wish you the best of luck in the remainder of your season! 

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 pm at CMS in Room #20.  A BOE Work Session will precede the regular meeting at 6:00 pm.  All of these meetings are open to the public.

Follow our schools on Twitter:  CHS - @CHSRaiders, CMS - @RaiderMiddle, Copopa - @CopopaElem and me @graigbansek  You will be the first to get district updates, school closures, score updates and much more.  In a few weeks, our website will be updated and become more user friendly.  We are looking forward to better serve our school community!

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 - September 20, 2018

After two days of dealing with the hot weather, we were finally able to open our doors for another school year.  I want to thank our students, staff and parents for an outstanding couple days.  We are very excited to welcome back our staff and students!  We hope that our students will take advantage of the excellent opportunities provided by Columbia Local Schools.  We have had a lot of success both academically and athletically over the past several years and we hope to continue this excellence.  Welcome back and here's to another fantastic year!   #onceaRaider

With school back in session it is important for the safety of our children to follow the speed limit in school zones.  State law is 20 miles per hour from flashing post to flashing post.  Also, be aware of school buses in the morning and afternoon.  There are many areas where students are unloading and loading.  The drivers appreciate your attention to their red flashing lights.  As in years past, we will be working with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department to make sure that our children are safe.

Thank you to all of the parents, students and families that attended open houses and orientation throughout the district.  I am grateful to work in a district that values education.  Thank you for your attendance!

Children need healthy meals to learn. Columbia Local Schools offers healthy meals every school day.  Breakfast costs $1.00 in grades K-4 and $1.50 in grades 5-12.  Lunch costs $3.50 in grades K-12.  Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.  Please contact your school office if you need assistance providing school day meals for your child.

Just a reminder...if you are looking for before/after school care for students in grades K-6 for the coming school year, please contact Springboard Education at (800) 341-3177 or www.support@springboardkids.com

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 pm at CMS in Room #20.  A BOE Work Session will precede the regular meeting at 6:00 pm.  All of these meetings are open to the public.

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 - August 27, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  We are excited to welcome our students and staff on September 4th.   I hope to see all of you at Open House.  Please see below for a list of times.  Please make sure that you adhere to all school zone speed limits and pay attention to our buses as they pick up and drop off students.  Together we can ensure the safety of everyone!

Bus routes are now available on the transportation page of our website at www.columbia.k12.oh.us (click on the transportation tab on the left side).  If you have any questions please contact Al Cantrell, Transportation Supervisor, at (440) 236-8222.   Buses will likely run a little late during the first week.  We would appreciate your understanding. 

Important upcoming dates:
August 27th – LCJVS First Day
August 28th - PTA Kindergarten Ice Cream Social at Columbia Township Park pavilion from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
August 29th - Copopa/CHS Open House from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
August 30th - CMS Open House from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
September 4th – CLSD First day for grades 1-12.
September 11th - First day of school for kindergarten students. 

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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