Niles Community Schools Superintendent to step down next year

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - Dr. Dan Applegate will not be renewing his contract as Superintendent of Niles Community Schools after this year. 

The resignation was announced at Monday evening's board of education meeting. 

Applegate has held the position since 2015, and he was honored to help the community grow during his time with the board. 

“Serving the remarkable students, families, teachers and staff of Niles Community Schools has been an immense honor, and I’m proud of the progress we’ve achieved during my years with the district,” said Applegate. "I’d like to thank the community for their unwavering partnership. I am confident that the next superintendent – in collaboration with the exceptional teachers and staff we are fortunate to have across the district – will continue to provide students and families with the high-quality education and support services that they have come to expect.”

Applegate will remain as superintendent until January 2025, assisting the board as they identify the next leader of the school district.

They confirmed that a search has already begun to hire a new superintendent and they also plan to appoint a consulting firm to assist with the hire. 

“Dr. Applegate’s impact and influence will continue on through the countless lives he has touched – whether it’s our students, families, educators, staff or the greater Niles community,” said Niles Community Schools Board President Kyle Zelmer. "We thank him for his steady leadership and unwavering dedication to the advancement of our community’s children. While we are sad to see Dr. Applegate’s tenure come to an end, we appreciate his support during this transition. The Board is committed to finding the next innovative educator to lead our district to great heights.”

You can get more information on Niles Community Schools through their website

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