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

  • Applications are to be submitted to the school office at least 7 days before the scheduled event. Notification of cancellation of event should be made 3 days before the scheduled event.

  • School and/or school-directed activities shall have priority over any request, accepted application or approval for the use of school facility.

  • Any group granted the use of school facility in excess of one month’s duration may be subject to interruptions in the scheduled dates because of special events.

  • Applications for use of the school facility may be submitted to the office one month in advance of scheduled date.

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.

  • radon

  • air quality

  • fire alarm system

  • fire extinguishers and kitchen fire suppression system

  • sprinkler system

  • cross connection survey (i.e. sprinkler to domestic water)

  • septic system

  • ground water

  • emergency generator

  • boiler low water cutoff alarm

  • boilers/hot water heaters cleaning and efficiency testing

  • elevator hydraulic pressure test

  • building automation system

  • building lockdown system (exterior doors and announcement over radio)

Hazardous Materials

Please click here for the Columbia District Hazardous Materials in Schools Policy.