Niles Community Schools
Building a Foundation for Our Future

 Donna Roark Appointed Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel

Donna Roark has been selected as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel. Mrs. Roark, who most recently served as Assistant Principal at Howard-Ellis Elementary, has had a wealth of leadership experience with curriculum implementation throughout her professional career and is passionate about the success of the District’s students. Donna Roark

The creation of this position was part of a reorganization of central office staff to increase efficiency and cut costs. The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel combines two administrative positions into one without decreasing support to the district’s students.

“Donna is a valuable asset to Niles Community Schools,” said Dr. Dan Applegate, Superintendent for Niles Community Schools. “Her experience in school improvement planning and implementation of policies and procedures will most certainly benefit the students and families within our community, as well as our staff.”

Mrs. Roark has been a crucial part of the Niles community since 2013 when she began her position as Assistant Principal. She will continue to devote her time and energy towards improving the educational experience within the district. Throughout her time in Niles, Donna has been responsible for facilitating district-wide professional development training, initiating and implementing a district-wide kindergarten intervention program and has worked alongside the district’s Curriculum Director, Angela Cramer. 

Prior to joining Niles, Donna was an Assistant Principal at Fox Meadow Elementary School (enrollment 820 students) and Principal Designee and Reading Specialist at Central Community Unit School District, both of which are located in Illinois.  Throughout her career, Donna has proven that her deep understanding of curriculum development, classroom and staff evaluation, as well as program assessment and the Response to Intervention (Rtl)/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process result in evidential based decision making.

 “Niles Community Schools aims to continue exceptional learning and instruction within the District while concurrently improving student education,” said Dr. Applegate. “We believe that Donna will do a tremendous job of advancing our goals and will be a champion for our students’ improvement at every given opportunity.” 

Mrs. Roark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Governors State University as well as dual Master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Reading Education from Aurora University and Saint Xavier University, respectively. Additionally, she has received Michigan School Administrator and Michigan Professional Education certification.

“As the world increasingly turns digital, it’s crucial that curriculum evolves to incorporate new technology and, more importantly, the changing needs of our students,” Roark stated. “Niles Community Schools is fortunate to have an outstanding team of administrators and teachers and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them in my new role so that we can ensure our students maximize their intellectual potential.”

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.

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