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 - January 13, 2019

January is School Board Recognition Month. Our Columbia Local School District Board of Education consists of five citizens elected to serve overlapping terms of four years each and is one of over 700 Boards of Education across Ohio.  Current Board members are Mr. Wayne Brassell, Mr. Shawn Ondrejko, Mrs. Blanche Nemeth, Mr. Stephen Coleman and Mrs. Megan Champagne.

Board members are elected to represent the community; setting educational goals and establishing district policy based upon Ohio laws and the values of our community.  While school board members come from various walks of life when they are part of the school board, they come together with the common goals of promoting continuous improvement in our schools and increasing student learning and achievement.  Each year, members of our Columbia Local Schools Board of Education contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours to the students of our community.  Not only do they spend hours preparing for and attending Board meetings, but also listening to staff, student, parent and community concerns, attending seminars and training sessions and are present at many community and school events. Their commitment to student learning and concern for our students is evident in all they do for our schools and our community.  On behalf of the staff and students of the Columbia Local Schools, I want to thank each one of our Board of Education members for their time and commitment to the continuing success of our students and our schools.  Your dedication to education has helped make our schools a better place.  My hope is that our community members, staff, parents, and students will make a special effort to tell our school board members that their hard work is very much appreciated. 

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 pm at CMS in room #20.  Hope that you can attend!
CHS and CMS will hold their annual Science Fair on Thursday, January 16th at 6:00 pm in the CHS cafeteria.  Please stop by and see the amazing projects our scientists prepare.

There will be no school for students on Monday, January 20th and Friday, January 24th.  Monday we will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Friday is the end of the semester in-service day where staff will be finalizing and preparing for the 2nd half of the school year.  All school buildings and district offices will be closed on the 20th.  

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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 Records - December 23, 2019

Winter break will begin for staff and students on Monday, December 23rd through January 5th.  The last day for staff and students is Friday, December 20.  Staff and students will return to school on Monday January 6th.  

Everyone at CLSD would like to wish Raider Nation a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!  Have a safe and relaxing vacation!

Thanks to everyone that attended and supported our music programs during the past couple of weeks.  We had tremendous crowds to see our musicians perform.  Our students worked very hard and I could not be more proud of their performances!  A big thank you to Mrs. Grady, Mrs. Krejsa and Ms. Cornell (Jill) for your guidance and instruction.  Our program continues to excel with all of you at the helm.  Please stay tuned for spring performance coming soon!

The Board of Education Organizational and Budget meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 8th at 5:00 pm at the Administration Center.  All are invited to attend.  

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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 - December 2, 2019

CLSD would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope that you enjoyed time with your family and friends!  At CLSD, we are very thankful of the support that we receive from our community! 

I want to thank the Columbia Community Foundation, the Congregations of Columbia and all of the great volunteers for hosting a Thanksgiving Day dinner for the residents of our community.  The district was honored to be a part of this day.  Many our staff and students volunteered 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! 

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!

CHS and Key Club would like to invite all senior citizens to their Senior Citizens Breakfast.  This will take place on Wednesday, December 11th at CHS in the cafeteria at 8:45 am.  If you plan to attend, please contact CHS at (440) 236-5001 by December 9th.  I hope to see you there!

It is that time of the year we celebrate the holidays with several concerts in our school buildings.  Here is a list of those concerts:  CHS Band and Choir – December 5th at 7:00 pm, 1st and 3rd Grade – December 10th at 6:45 pm, 7th and 8th grade – December 11th at 7:00 pm and 5th and 6th grade – December 12th at 7:00 pm.  We hope that you can attend to hear the awesome sounds of our young and talented musicians!  

I would like to wish all of our winter sports teams, cheerleaders and coaches the best of luck this winter sports 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
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Rural Urban Record - November 11, 2019

On behalf of Columbia Local Schools, we would like to thank our great community for supporting Issues 10 and 11!  We are extremely thankful for your support.  We will continue to make you proud and remain fiscally responsible.  Our future looks very bright due to your support!  Thanks again from our Board of Education, staff and students!

The CHS chapter of the National Honor Society will have its induction ceremony on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium.  The community is welcome to attend.

Well, the cold season has arrived.  With the cold unfortunately comes snow, wind chills, sleet and ice.  We are required to notify the public in regards to the process of school cancellations.  On any day in question, a decision will be made by 6:30 am at the latest, unless there are extenuating circumstances.  Parents will be notified by phone call, Twitter, the district website and local television stations.  The decision to hold classes or cancel them is not an easy one and I take it very seriously.  At the end of the day, the decision is made in the best interest and safety of our student drivers at CHS and our bus fleet.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.        

Have a great week Raider Nation!  It’s GREAT time to be a Raider!   

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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Rural Urban Record - November 4, 2019

CLSD sends its condolences to the Wilson Family, the Columbia Township Fire Department and the community!  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.  Rest in Peace Brett!

After weeks of sharing information on Issues 10 and 11 with you, an important vote is right around the corner.  As a district, we are appreciative of the support of our community.  Both of these issues are for no additional taxes.  These issues come at a time that our community is changing due to the developments that are currently building homes or those that will very soon.  Our goal as a district is to provide for our students and make sure that their future is secure.  All of this includes being fiscally responsible each and every day.  These issues will not increase taxes and allow for us to continue our day to day operations, improvements and fiscal responsibility to our community for years to come.  Back in 2013, with your support, we passed an additional money issue where we promised to not come back to the taxpayers for additional monies for at least five years.  We are currently in year 6 of this promise.  If Issues 10/11 pass on Tuesday, this promise will continue for years to come.  Our Citizens for Schools committee has done an excellent job getting the word out about these issues.  The support we have received from the community has been tremendous!  Please see the Rural Urban today for an advertisement.  Thank you again for supporting CLSD! 

CLSD is in critical need of substitute bus drivers and substitute custodians.  If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible.  There are opportunities for work on a daily basis.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 7th.  Please contact your child’s school for more information.  A reminder that Thursday will be an early release day.  There will be no school on Friday, November 8th for staff or students!  All district buildings and offices will be closed on this day.  

There will be no school for students on Monday, November 4th as our staff will participate in professional development at Lorain County Community College.  This day is a collaboration with other county schools:  Keystone, Wellington, Firelands and Clearview.  We look forward to a great day of learning!

Have a great week Raider Nation!   

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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Rural Urban Record - October 28, 2019

November 5th, Election Day, is quickly approaching.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support for Issues 10 and 11.  Our Citizens for Schools committee has done an excellent job getting the word out about these issues.  The support we have received from the community has been tremendous!  Thank you!  

Here is information about the issues:  Issue #10 - 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.  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.  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.  

CLSD is in critical need of substitute bus drivers and substitute custodians.  If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible.  There are opportunities for work on a daily basis.

The end of the 1st grading period is on Friday, November 1st.  Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 7th.  Please contact your child’s school for more information.  A reminder that Thursday will be an early release day.  There will be no school on Friday, November 8th for staff or students!  All district buildings and offices will be closed on this day.  

There will be no school for students on Monday, November 4th as our staff will participate in professional development at Lorain County Community College.  This day is a collaboration with other county schools:  Keystone, Wellington, Firelands and Clearview.  We look forward to a great day of learning!

Have a great week Raider Nation!   

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

#onceaRaider
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Rural Urban Record - October 21, 2019

The CHS “Voices of Columbia” and the Symphonic Band will perform its fall concert on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 pm in the CHS gymnasium.  Please come out and support our musicians!

Our annual Family Math Night will take place at Red Wagon Farm on Wednesday, October 23rd.  It begins at 5:00 pm.  We anticipate 300 people at his event.  Thank you to Red Wagon Farm for your continued partnership!

On October 25th the varsity football team will play its last home game of the season.  They will take on Brookside at 7:00 pm.  We will also recognize the following teams prior to the game for Senior Night:  football, cross country, boys golf, girls golf, cheerleaders and the band.  We hope you can join us to celebrate the accomplishments of these fine young people and their parents!

The end of the 1st grading period is on Friday, November 1st.  Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 7th.  Please contact your child’s school for more information.  A reminder that Thursday will be an early release day.  There will be no school on Friday, November 8th for staff or students!  All district buildings and offices will be closed on this day.  

There will be no school for students on Monday, November 4th as our staff will participate in professional development at Lorain County Community College.  This day is a collaboration with other county schools:  Keystone, Wellington, Firelands and Clearview.  We look forward to a great day of learning!

Reminder…CLSD will be on the ballot this November 5th for Issues 10 and 11.  Issue #10 - 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.  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.  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.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or go to our website under “Our District.” 

Have a great week Raider Nation!   

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

#onceaRaider
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Rural Urban Record - October 14, 2019

Columbia PTO is trying something new this year!  Instead of holding incentive-based fundraisers, the PTO has initiated its 1st Direct Donation Campaign.  The PTO members are parents just like you who understand how busy family life is and know fundraisers can be a hassle.  The direct donation is a one-time donation to the PTO that is 100% tax deductible and you don’t have to sell anything.  With this one-time donation you help fund assemblies, field trip transportation, classroom enrichment grants, high school scholarships and much more!  For more information, please visit the PTO’s website.  Thank you for your support of the programs that enrich our students educational experience at CLSD. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Homecoming Queen Tracy Groleau and King Carson Heidecker!  It was a memorable weekend for our students.  Thank you to Mrs. Scott and Leader’s Club for making it a weekend to remember!  Thank you to all of the alumni that returned to CHS.  It was great seeing so many recent graduates and it was awesome meeting those from years past!  As I always say, Once a Raider…Always a Raider!

Thank you to our Columbia Township Service Garage for their partnership with CLSD.  We appreciate the working relationship and all that you do for the community!

OHSAA tournament play is just around the corner for CHS fall sports.  Here is an updated schedule:  Girls Soccer – October 14th at 4:30 pm at Lake Ridge, Volleyball – October 15th at 6:00 pm at Medina vs. Cornerstone Christian, Boys Soccer – October 15th at 7:00 pm at home vs. St. Martin De Porres and Cross Country – at Medina on October 19th.  Best of luck to our teams and Go Raiders!

Reminder…CLSD will be on the ballot this November 5th for Issues 10 and 11.  Issue #10 - 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.  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.  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.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or go to our website under “Our District.”    

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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Contact

Graig Bansek, Superintendent
Columbia Local School District
Administration Center
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, Ohio 44028
Phone:  (440) 236-5008
FAX:  (440) 236-8817
 
Patricia Cieslak
Executive Secretary to the Superintendent
Administration Center
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, Ohio 44028
Phone:  (440) 236-1213
FAX:  (440) 236-8817
 
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