Lewis Evans -- Director of Operations
The upkeep, maintenance and improvement of schools and administrative buildings within Niles is an extremely important job. The district takes pride in providing students with a safe and engaging educational experience, which requires keeping schools up-to-date and in compliance with any new codes or specifications. Niles Community Schools is committed to giving students access to facilities that allow them to focus on learning and maximizing their time with instructors in the classroom.
Something many people may not realize about the upkeep of all the school buildings in the district is that this requires constant oversight and maintenance, keeping dozens of people busy day in and day out to ensure students are provided a warm and inviting learning environment. The person in charge of overseeing and managing all ongoing projects and ground maintenance throughout the district is Lewis Evans, Director of Operations for Niles Community Schools.
Lewis has been with Niles Community Schools for five years, having left the automotive manufacturing industry after 25 years in search of a position that allows him to interact daily with people. In addition to managing maintenance and construction projects, Lewis manages 36 employees in the Operations Department and he has been instrumental in implementing and coordinating updates throughout the bond process.
“This career move was a big transition for me,” said Lewis. “The work I perform is similar to what I did for 25 years, but the customer base is drastically different. This role is much more people-oriented, whereas manufacturing is very high stress and focused much more on numbers.”
Lewis enjoys his job with Niles Community Schools because of the people he works with, who are passionate about wanting to provide the best learning atmosphere for everyone in the district. He loves being able to satisfy the needs of the district, restore buildings and keep things looking nice, functional and making the environment healthy.
“Lewis is very conscientious about having clean, organized, and well-kept facilities,” said Dr. Dan Applegate, Superintendent. “He has high expectations for himself and his crew and it makes a difference in how our schools and grounds are perceived by the community. Lewis’ knowledge about the mechanical, electrical, and other systems in the district has been instrumental in making sure we receive high quality work from our contractors. I am very pleased that Lewis is proactive and is already embarking on a preventative maintenance plan for all the new equipment installed using bond funds.”