Organizational Information

The Heritage Southwest Intermediate School District (ISD) is incorporated in the state of Michigan. ISDs function as regional service centers to provide special education, instructional services, and career technical education coordination for local school districts.

Heritage Southwest ISD currently employs more than 175 persons. Its geographic coverage encompasses approximately 487 square miles and includes most of Cass County and small portions of Berrien, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties in lower southwest Michigan. Four local school districts: Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, and Marcellus, as well as the county's private and parochial schools depend on the Heritage Southwest ISD for the provision and coordination of general and specialized services.

Almost 8,000 students, enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades, represent the primary consumers that the ISD incorporates into its strategic education plan.

Mission Statement

"Learning for All...Whatever It Takes"


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Web Accessibility Statement

Heritage Southwest (HSISD) recognizes the importance of ensuring our websites are accessible to those with disabilities. We are committed to making our information accessible to visitors with disabilities and are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

This website endeavors to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible and the District is working to educate our staff so that the content they may post on their classroom websites will be compliant with the guidelines and be accessible to all visitors.

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

ELPS strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability as comprehensively as possible on this website. We are currently exploring compliance service opportunities that will scan our website and identify non-compliant elements or documents that need to be addressed. 

Portable Document Format

Some documents on the ELPS website are produced in portable document format (PDF). In order to improve viewing these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available for free at the Adobe web site. Alternative accessible formats also are provided, where possible, most commonly through a text or an HTML file.
We are continually seeking solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the ELPS website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

It is the policy of the Heritage Southwest
 ISD Board of Education that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, height, weight, marital status or disability shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity for which it receives any financial assistance from the United States Department of Education.  Any person believing that the Heritage Southwest Intermediate School District or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of: (1) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (2) Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, and (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, he/she may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, to the local Civil Rights Coordinator at the following address:

Civil Rights Coordinators

Josh Townsley                   Mikki Spagnoli
[email protected]                                         [email protected]
61682 Dailey Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031      61682 Dailey Road, Cassopolis, MI  49031
269-445-6223   269-445-6224

Freedom of Information Coordinator

Andy Hubbard
[email protected]
61682 Dailey Road, Cassopolis, MI  49031