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Thank you to everyone that attended the “State of the Community” this past Wednesday.  There are a lot of great things going on in the schools and the community.  If you were unable to attend, the presentation can be found by going to our website at www.columbia.k12.oh.us  I am very proud of the progress we are making in CLSD!  I also proud of the great community that we have in Columbia Station!  Thank you for your continued support!

Wednesday, April 25th is Administrative Professionals Day.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our administrative assistants for their dedication to our students, staff and schools:  Carla Lasecki, Amy Thomas, Elizabeth Aniol, Liz Wenzel, Pat Cieslak, Tammy Olah, Beth Kobe, Kathy Hechko, Julie Bowes and Michelle Jones.  You are the hardest working group of people in our schools.  Thanks for all that you do!

On Tuesday, May 8th CLSD will have two renewal levies on the ballot, Issue 2 and Issue 3.  Both of these levies are renewals and WILL NOT increase taxes.  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.  Passage of these levies will allow Columbia Local Schools to maintain a high-quality education, prepare our students for the jobs of the future, protect property values, retain highly qualified and dedicated employees, purchase new textbooks and upgrade educational technology.  Our schools play a vital role in Columbia Township as it is the largest employer in our town.  CLSD continues to be financially well-managed as stated by the Auditor of State, Dave Yost.  Please take the time to cast your vote on May 8th!  We Are Columbia!

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  Follow me on twitter @graigbansek

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Posted Saturday, April 21, 2018
This year Columbia Local Schools and Columbia Township will partner for a “State of the Community” on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 pm at Columbia Middle School in the gymnasium.  There will be many important items discussed from both groups.  It is our hope that you can join us on this evening to hear the great things happening in our town.   Plus, the accomplishments of CLSD and the new and exciting things that will be offered in our schools in the 2018-19 school year.

On Tuesday, May 8th CLSD will have two renewal levies on the ballot, Issue 2 and Issue 3.  Both of these levies are renewals and WILL NOT increase taxes.  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.  Passage of these levies will allow Columbia Local Schools to maintain a high-quality education, prepare our students for the jobs of the future, protect property values, retain highly qualified and dedicated employees, purchase new textbooks and upgrade educational technology.  Our schools play a vital role in Columbia Township as it is the largest employer in our town.  CLSD continues to be financially well-managed as stated by the Auditor of State, Dave Yost.  Please take the time to cast your vote on May 8th!  We Are Columbia!

If you would like a yard sign to support Issue 2 and 3, you can pick one up at any of the buildings during regular business hours or by sending an email to sandamor1@sbcglobal.net and it will be placed in your yard.  

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on April 18th at 5:30 pm in the CMS gym.

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  Follow me on twitter @graigbansek

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Posted Saturday, April 14, 2018
I hope that all of our staff and students are enjoying spring break!  School will be back in session on Tuesday, April 3rd.  

This year Columbia Local Schools and Columbia Township will partner for a “State of the Community” on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 pm at Columbia Middle School in the gymnasium.  There will be many important items discussed from both groups.  It is our hope that you can join us on this evening to hear the great things happening in our town.   Plus, the accomplishments of CLSD and the new and exciting things that will be offered in our schools in the 2018-19 school year.

Congratulations to the CHS and CMS students that participated in the 58th Mohican District Science Fair last week at Ashland University.  CHS:  Jordan Wasko and Natalie Wilkins both received a Superior Rating.  CMS:  7th grade students:  Emily Bosworth, Zack Kile and Chase Willoughby all received Excellent Ratings.  6th grader Samantha Geiger received a Superior Rating and 5th grade students Kohl Colorito and Arvieanna Rodgers received Excellent Ratings.  Superior Ratings went to Julia Bosworth, Nathan Matzelle, Kaitlyn Miller, and Sadie Schulke.  Columbia Middle School received the "School with the Most Superiors" plaque for 2018.  All of the students that received a Superior Rating are eligible to participate in the State Science Day at The Ohio State University in May.  Great job to all of these fine students!

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on April 18th at 5:30 pm in the CMS gym.

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  Follow me on twitter @graigbansek

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Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Our new “Breakfast with a Buddy” program was held at Copopa and CMS last week.  Over 600 buddies got to spend time with our students and were treated to breakfast and a tour of the buildings.  I appreciate all of you that visited our schools and the time you took to be with our students.  Your commitment is appreciated by all of us in CLSD!  This program will become an annual event in our K-8 building.  

CHS held its annual Academic Banquet last Wednesday.  121 students were recognized for his or her academic accomplishments.  All of the students in attendance had a 3.5 grade point average or higher.  I want to congratulate the students on a job well done!  I am very proud of your efforts and for being leaders in the building.  I would also like to thank the Academic Boosters for supporting our students.  The work of this committee does not go unnoticed.  Finally, thanks to all of the parents for supporting academic excellence.  

Congratulations to Susie Dunn, counselor at Copopa and CMS!  She is the recipient of the February Raider Nation Excellence Award.  Also nominated for the award this month was Ladd Gault.  Thanks to both of you for all that you do for CLSD!

Congratulations to the following CHS and CMS students that participated in the 65th Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair:  Zack Kile received an Honorable Mention in Physics 7/8, Emily Bosworth received a 3rd place in Biology 7/8, Chase Willoughby received a 3rd place in Engineering 7/8 and a special award from the Parker Hannifin Corporation.  Emma Roberts received a 3rd place in Biology 9/10, Natalie Wilkins received a 3rd place in Environmental Science 11/12 and Jordan Wasko received a 2nd place in Engineering 11/12 and a special award from the Ricoh Americas Corporation. Congratulations to all you!

We are getting very close to competition and events for our spring sports.  I would like to wish all of our student-athletes and coaches the best of luck in track, baseball and softball.  All schedules are posted on the CHS website under athletics.  I hope that you can stop out and support our teams!  Go Raiders!

Spring break has finally arrived!  Hopefully warmer, drier weather will be upon us soon.  There will be no school for students and staff beginning on Monday, March 26th through April 2nd. School resumes on Tuesday, April 3rd.  I wish you a relaxing and safe break!  

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  Follow me on twitter @graigbansek
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Posted Saturday, March 24, 2018
The next edition of CLSD’s tri annual newsletter, Raider Reflections, is an insert in this week’s Rural Urban Record.  Please take time to read the awesome happenings in our schools! 

Columbia Local Schools will celebrate its next “Family Night” on Wednesday, March 14th.  There will be no homework, activities or practices on this night, only family time.  We are hoping that our families are able to spend quality time together, enjoy a family cooked meal, have fun times at a local recreation spot or just relax, order in and play a game.  We have partnered with several local businesses to provide discounts on this night.  Please visit our website for more information and the flyer.  Thank you to Four Keys Restaurant, Bootleggers, Arena 51 Laser Tag, Angelina’s Pizza and The Depot at Union Station! 

The next Citizen’s for Schools levy meeting will take place on Monday, March 12th at 7:00 pm at CHS in the Columbia Community Foundation Media Center.  If you are interested in placing a sign in your yard, please contact my office at 236-5008 or send me an email with your information.  Signs will be place at the end of the first week of April.  Thank you for your continued support of CLSD!

I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Carlene Pullman has been selected as the recipient of our January 2018 Raider Nation Excellence Award.  Mrs. Pullman works at Columbia High School.  
Also nominated for this month’s award were Transportation Supervisor Al Cantrell and School Nurse Malinda Killiany.  Thank you for going above and beyond for our students!  If you are interested in nominating a staff member, please visit our website.

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  Follow me on twitter @graigbansek
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Posted Saturday, March 10, 2018
Congratulations to all of our 5th grade students for graduating from the D.A.R.E. program this past week!  I would also like to congratulate the winners of the essay contest:  Sarah, Max and Jake.  All of you have made us proud!  Thank you to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Township Fire, Columbia Township Trustees, Mr. Magyar, Mr. Krause, Mrs. Filer, Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Kirkendall for all of your hard work and making this program a success.  This is an awesome program for our students!

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observance of President’s Day.  The 3rd interim grading period ends on Thursday, February 22nd.  Conferences will take place on Wednesday, February 28th and Thursday, March 1st.  Please contact your child’s school if you wish to see a teacher. 

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm at CMS in room #20.  There will be work session prior to the regular meeting at 6:00 pm.  We will be discussing the CHS course of student and kindergarten screening and testing.  Hope to see you there.

Kindergarten packets are now available and can be picked up at the Administration Center from 7:00 am. until 4:00 pm. or downloaded at www.columbia.k12.oh.us   If you are interested in open enrollment in grades K-12, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (440) 236-5008 and request an application.  If you have any further questions or would like an open enrollment application, please contact Patricia Cieslak, Secretary to the Superintendent, at (440) 236-5008.

I would like to wish the best of luck to our CHS teams participating in the State Tournaments beginning this week.  Girls basketball will play Oberlin at home on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm.  Boys basketball will travel to Kirtland on Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm.  Wrestling will participate in the sectional tournament at Independence on Saturday, February 24th beginning at 10:00 am.  Best of luck to all of our coaches and student-athletes!

Columbia Local Schools is looking for substitute teachers.  The daily rate as of February 1st is $110.00 per day.  If interested, please contact Pam Gamble at the Educational Service Center of Lorain County at (440) 324-5777 ext. 1113.  

CLSD is looking for substitute bus drivers, secretaries, kitchen employees, cleaners and custodians.  If you are interested, please complete an online application and turn into Graig Bansek at the Administration Center.
 
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  Follow me on twitter @graigbansek
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Posted Saturday, February 17, 2018
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