Niles awards bids for Howard-Ellis project, appoints new board member

The Niles Community Schools Board of Education awarded bids for the multimillion dollar bond construction project at Howard-Ellis Elementary School and chose a person to fill a vacant school board seat during Monday’s regular meeting at Niles High School.

Bids awarded for the Howard-Ellis project total just more than $5.5 million, which is about 2 1/2 percent (or $140,000) over budget, according to Duane Wixson, a representative of the project management company Skillman Corp.

Wixson said the district would cover the overage by dipping into the project’s contingency balance, which is set aside for when unforeseen problems arise. He said each individual building project has about 10 percent of the project’s total cost set aside as a contingency balance.

The contingency balance for Howard-Ellis is approximately $510,000, so there is more than enough to cover the overage, he said.

The project includes an addition and renovations throughout the Howard building, including updates to safety and technology. Ellis, a separate building, will be closed.

The total project cost is approximately $7.9 million when including soft costs, Wixson said.

The school board also accepted bids for mechanical purchases, including air conditioning, in all district buildings as part of the bond project.

Howard-Ellis is the first building in Niles Community Schools set to undergo construction projects laid out in a $40 million bond project approved by voters last spring. Work on Howard-Ellis is expected to begin next month.

Also Monday, the school board appointed Mark Weber, CEO of the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, to fill the school board seat vacated when Jon Martin resigned because he moved outside the district.

Weber would have to run for reelection in the November general election if he wants to retain his seat.

Look for more on these stories in Thursday’s edition of the Niles Daily Star and online at leaderpub.com.

Dowagiac

Medical event causes car to crash into Dowagiac Burger King

Cass County

Cassopolis man sent to prison on drug charges

Dowagiac

SMC recognized for turning students into citizens

Dowagiac

ETS program awarded grant from Department of Education

Cass County

Dowagiac man who broke elementary school windows sentenced to probation

Dowagiac

Changes to retirement benefits cause for concern among Cass County employees

News

Niles first ward residents ask for an end to gun violence in their community

Buchanan

Buchanan Area Senior Center raising funds to convert porch into sunroom

Cass County

Man arrested on drug charges in Mason Township

Cass County

Cass County Commissioners approve grant for Dowagiac River restoration

Business

Lyons Industries donates 12 thermal imaging cameras to Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Cass County

Niles man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Sept. 13-14

Berrien County

Local emergency departments experiencing high volumes, wait times

Berrien County

Residents demand Berrien County commissioners take action on mask mandate

Business

Cassopolis hosts Cass County Leadership Summit

Business

Owners of vintage farm tractors invited to Under the Harvest Moon

Business

Edwardsburg welcomes new construction business

Cassopolis

Cassopolis organization to host walk honoring National Suicide Prevention Month

Business

PHOTO STORY: A-Mazing Acres opens for season

Buchanan

Niles teen builds Eagle Scout project on McCoy Creek Trail

Business

New short-term rental property group to offer guests ‘curated’ Dowagiac experience

Cass County

Two women injured in La Grange Township crash

News

Niles hosts town hall between community, law enforcement