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Board hires assistant superintendent as new district chief

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Macina will take the reins as superintendent Jan. 1, pending approval of an employment contract.

The Board of Education unanimously voted Oct. 28 to hire Macina. He is replacing Superintendent Dan Takens, who, in August, announced his retirement effective Dec. 31.

Macina, a 22-year educator, has held the assistant superintendent position since 2013.  Before that, he served as Marshall Elementary principal from 2004 to 2013. He recently completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research and Technology from Western Michigan University. He received his master’s degree from Grand Valley State University, and his bachelor’s from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Megan, have two daughters, Emily and Molly.

Macina said he’s “proud and humbled” to take on the job.

“I’m excited because I know Byron Center so well. I’ve been a part of it for 20 years,” he said.

During that time, he’s seen the area grow and enrollment rapidly increase. The district is now one of the top-achieving in the state, with all three elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon winners in the past five years.

He said he plans to build on the high expectations in academics, arts, athletics and other areas already in place, which he said are a reflection of hard-working staff, parents, and community

“I’m excited to continue to grow the great programming and build on the great culture and success that we’ve had in Byron Center for years,” Macina said.

The board selection followed a superintendent search process that included input from staff, administrators, community members, parents and students. A community survey was conducted by Kent ISD. After reviewing survey results and feedback, the board began an internal search. Macina was the only applicant. Interview panels consisted of board members, administrators, faculty and staff, community members and students.

Board President Marty Phelen said he was thankful for a thorough process that involved many stakeholders, adding, “The board and I are extremely confident Dr. Macina will build upon successes achieved during Superintendent Takens’ tenure.”

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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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