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Fifth- and sixth-graders to start school in new building

Crews wrap up work at Nickels Intermediate School

Byron Center — On Aug. 30, fifth- and sixth-grade students will walk into a bigger space and discover more opportunities at the new Nickels Intermediate School.

During the summer, crews have been hard at work finishing up the details for the building’s opening and the arrival of its inaugural classes. The building is at 3100 84th St. SW, near West Middle School.

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“It provides a more comfortable learning environment with natural light into classrooms, a spacious outdoor area, up-to-date technology, and plenty of space to grow,” said Byron Center’s Communications Director Trisha McCauley.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., the project’s construction company, has kept the community in the loop with blog posts and photo updates about their progress. The architecture firm is TowerPinkster. Other features are a competition gymnasium with seating for 800, heated floors perfect for stretching out and reading comfortably; a low-maintenance galvanized roof, heated concrete sidewalks, resistant school guard glass and security doors. The school also has a bipolar ionization system for cleaner air and humidity-controlled storage for instruments in the band room.

The new Nickels Intermediate School is a major project funded by the $80 million bond passed in 2020.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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