Niles School board looking for recommendations

Published 11:29 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2006

By By ANDY HAMILTON / Niles Daily Star
NILES - The Niles Community Schools' board of education is preparing to take its first step since the defeat of the recent bond proposal.
The board Monday night advised Superintendent Doug Law to contact representatives from architect and construction firms involved with the project.
Law said he would be asking the companies what steps they can recommend to the board based on their prior experiences with other bonds that have failed. Law said he plans to meet with the representatives Thursday in Grand Rapids, but does not expect the board will take any immediate action.
He also added he expects to make a report to the board about the meetings after spring break.
The Agricultural Issues Team of Cassopolis FFA also made a presentation in front of the board Monday night.
The group simulated a town hall discussion over the issue of building an ethanol plant near Cassopolis. The team consists of seven area high school students, including Niles High School senior Jessica Murphy.
Carrie George is the agricultural and natural resources teacher at Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis.
George said the team was preparing for the state competition, which requires teams to present in front of three community organizations prior to the event. The competition at Michigan State University begins on Wednesday and runs through Friday.
The board also said they will recognize the second week of May as School Family Week.