Due to aging facilities, Niles Community Schools (NCS) needed to update and replace critical building systems to maintain a safe learning environment as well as provide a enhance learning environment for the Niles New Tech program. A previously approved sinking fund was identified as the funding source to make the needed improvements due to declining state funding and previously unsuccessful bond proposals. The District engaged Plante Moran CRESA (PMC) to provide an unbiased advocate who could advise them of all its options.
The district wanted a company independent from the architect to perform these services. PMC conducted the assessment and constructed a cost estimate based on the district’s critical needs, deferred maintenance needs, and property enhancement needs. PMC utilized its expertise in assessing buildings, provide a thorough condition assessment, and maximize the sinking fund monies. With the PMC estimate, NCS was able to review all available funding resources to ensure that the new bond proposal aligns realistically and persuasively with assessed needs.