Niles Community Schools
Building a Foundation for Our Future

A Letter to Our Parents and to Our Community
April 8, 2014
Dear Parents and Community:
We’re writing to you today to inform you that the Niles Community Schools Board of Education has appointed Dr. Michael Lindley interim superintendent for the District, effective immediately.  We anticipate that he will serve in this position for 15 months, while the Board conducts an extensive search for a permanent superintendent during the 2014-­15 school year.
Dr. Lindley is a veteran educator with more than 20 years experience as a central office administrator, including most recently serving as superintendent with New Buffalo Area Schools for 18 years. Improving student learning is the primary objective of the Board and the entire staff at Niles Community Schools. To that end, given Dr. Lindley’s proven track record of success and commitment to student achievement, we are confident that he is the ideal choice to guide our schools during this transition. 
Dr. Lindley will be taking over for Dr. Kevin Ivers, who provided invaluable leadership and counsel to the District over the past several weeks. We are grateful to Dr. Ivers for his stewardship and professionalism.
We hope that you will join the Board and the Niles staff in welcoming Dr. Lindley to the District. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Board of Education at Thank you for your continued support of Niles Community Schools and the students we are privileged to serve.
Niles Community Schools
Board of Education


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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.