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New building: you name it 

Byron Center — The community is invited to be a part of the district’s history by naming the new elementary school, set to open for the 2024-25 school year. 

Entries can be submitted here until Oct. 1, along with a brief explanation of how you came up with the name and why the district should pick your suggestion.

The districts’ fourth elementary building will be housed in the former Nickels Intermediate School, 8638 Byron Center Ave. SW. 

Nathan Clophus, Byron Center High School’s previous assistant principal, will serve as the to-be-named school’s principal. He is spending the current school year working closely alongside the other elementary principals and the community to prepare for his role. 

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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