Nestled in Northern Lower Michigan, the County of Manistee is comprised of 550 square miles of beautiful forests, inland lakes and streams. The 2000 Census reported a population of 24,527 residents, which is a 15.3% growth over the past 10 years. This is above the State (6.9%) and National (13.2%) averages. Created in 1962 by the Michigan Legislature, ISDs provide a link between the State Department of Education and the State's public schools. Manistee ISD strives to provide its local school districts educational updates, technology services, Special Education services for low incidence/high needs children and is a direct link to the State Department of Education. The ISD also serves as the Department of Education's contact agency for various informational reports that are due during the course of the year.

    Located in Manistee County, the Manistee Intermediate School District serves approximately 3,700 students. The Manistee ISD has 2 facilities: the MISD Education and Administration Center. There are 4 public school districts, 1 public academy, 2 non-public schools and one community college in our service area. Manistee Intermediate School District proudly services the school districts of Bear Lake, Kaleva Norman Dickson, Manistee Area Public Schools, Onekama Consolidated, and one Public School Academy--Casman Alternative Academy. The ISD also works in consortium with many of the local service agencies to provide valuable opportunities for the children of Manistee County.