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Board to interview assistant superintendent for top post

The Board of Education plans to interview Kevin Macina, the district’s current assistant superintendent, for the superintendent position.

Superintendent Dan Takens announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, at the beginning of the school year. He has been in the position for 11 years.

Macina is the only applicant for the job, which was posted internally, said Board President Marty Phelen.

The board will conduct its public interview at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 then hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 30 for discussion. Possible steps include naming Macina as permanent or interim superintendent, contingent on execution of an employment contract, or reopening the search for internal and external candidates.

Meetings will take place at the Administration Building,8542 Byron Center Ave. SW.

Macina has served as a teacher and elementary principal for the district since 2000. He was hired as assistant superintendent six years ago. He has a doctorate in educational leadership, research and technology from Western Michigan University; a master’s in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Michigan State University.

The board reviewed Macina’s application at its Oct. 7 meeting and decided to schedule interviews later this month. Stakeholders, including community leaders, parents, students, support staff, teachers and community members, will initially get to meet and interview Macina themselves at to-be-scheduled dates, Phelen said.

According to information from the district, the board posted the position internally after receiving input from more than 1,000 respondents, by way of a community survey, two town hall meetings and five small group meetings with stakeholders.

The board voted to extend its initial application for superintendent to internal candidates to evaluate its own talent before deciding to conduct a broader search.

The board has also created a candidate profile, with help from community input. Qualities most desired in a new superintendent are:

  •  knowledge of the Byron Center community and its culture
  •  a visible and collaborative leader who has the ability to create and express a vision for the district
  • the ability to manage growth while maintaining the district’s culture and focus on high student performance
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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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