Niles Community Schools
Building a Foundation for Our Future
We are seeking community input on our Bond Proposal. Please take a moment to review the images of existing conditions in our schools and to also review the scenarios before you click on to the link below to complete our survey. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Superintendent, Dr. Michael Lindley, at 269.683.0732. We value your input and appreciate your time. We've listed some FAQs below that we hope you will find helpful.
Why would we close Cedar Lane? The cost to upgrade Cedar Lane is prohibitive. It would be cheaper to build new. We don't have potable water at this site and have to use bottled water. By moving them to Westside or Oak Manor, they have a larger facility for arts, phys. ed., and most importantly, access to the high school career tech programs. We would also reduce teacher travel time for shared teachers and maximize instructor time.
What would happen to Westside? This has not been decided. It would take over $3 million to upgrade and this is cost prohibitive. It could be sold as is or demolished. The administrative staff would either need to build or relocate to an existing building somewhere in the city. We could rent or purchase and re-purpose an existing site.
Why would we close Ellis? Ellis is an inefficient building to operate (it still has electric heat, for example, and lots of single pane glass). The Ellis name would remain. By adding on to Howard (a separate wing), we could improve a safe and secure entry right into an office area, improve access to art, music, phys. ed., and lunch services, and make better use of our shared staff in a connected building.
Why are we closing buildings? Our enrollment has dropped slightly over the last five years and is expected to drop in the next few years. We need to "right size" and become energy efficient to free up general fund dollars for student programs.
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We are located in the southwest corner of Michigan, eight miles from the University of Notre Dame and less than a two-hour travel to downtown Chicago. The shores of Lake Michigan are about twenty-five minutes away. Within the ninety square miles of the district, we have a nice mix of urban, suburban, and rural settings. Diversity is one of our district's strengths with a student population of 15% African-American, 80% Caucasian, and around 5% Hispanic. Approximately 40% of our students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
The district has almost 4,000 students. We are the largest district in our area and we offer more sports, more extracurricular activities, and more academic opportunities than any other district. The district is small enough to make personal attention to students a priority.
The 9th through 12th grade high school has 1100 students and offers many Advanced Placement and online courses. Our high school has been recognized as a statewide leader in career pathways and models a program preparing students for the next level.