Columbia School District


Our Facilities Director is Michael Sylvester. Mr. Sylvester ensures Horace W. Porter School facilities meet state and federal requirements. He is responsible for ensuring our buildings provide a safe learning environment for students. 

Please contact the District Office at 860-228-8590 if you have questions concerning facility maintenance.  

Facilities Request

If you are interested in using the building during non-school hours, please complete a Facilities Use form and submit your request. Natasha Hart will review your request and respond. If you have any questions you may call her at 860.228.9493 ext. 165 or email at

Application for Use of Horace W. Porter School Facility

Application for Use of HWP School Facililty  OR LINK to form embedded on this page.


The District was recently recognized by CIRMA for Excellence in Risk Management. Several safety projects onsite were recognized.  

Asbestos Management

Federal Notification Concerning Asbestos Management Plans

CT State Department of Health Asbestos in Schools Website

Columbia Distict Asbestos Contol Policy

The Columbia School District maintains an Asbestos Management Program as required by the State of Connecticut Department of Health Public 19a-333-3(b) of the Connecticut State Regulations.  Inspections are performed by an accredited and licensed inspector/management planner within the State of Connecticut.  

H.W. Porter School is re-inspected every three  years in accordance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), Environmental Protection Agency 40 CFR Part 763 Asbestos Containing Materials in Schools; Final Rule and Notice and the State of Connecticut Asbestos Containing Materials in School Section 19a-333-1 through 13 of the Regulations of CT state Agencies (RCSA), CT Department of Health.

For further information, or to review a full report, please contact the Office of the Superintendent of Schools at 860-228-8590.

Green Cleaning

The State of Connecticut requires that each local and regional board of education implement a green cleaning program for all school buildings and facilities. The Columbia School District is committed to the implementation of this law.  

To learn more about Green Cleaning please watch the video produced by the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) in conjunction with the CT DPH with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Routine Building Testing

The following tests are completed on a routine basis at H.W. Porter School. If you are interested in the results of any testing please contact the Superintendent’s office at 860-228-8590.