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Board begins search for new superintendent, seeks public input


The Caledonia Community Schools Board of Education has officially begun the search for a new superintendent, and is asking community members to answer a three-question survey on the district’s website through March 16.

The board  selected consultant Gary Rider, regional president of the Michigan Leadership Institute  to lead the search effort.  Rider will be facilitating focus group meetings and a community forum to gather data for the board to develop a profile for the ideal candidate, said Board President Marcy White in a press release.

In addition, four community forums are planned as part of Caledonia’s superintendent search.

  • 7:30 a.m. Thursday March 15  at the Administration Office, 9753 Duncan Lake Ave.
  • 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Caledonia High School South Campus Media Room, 9192 Kraft Ave.
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Caledonia High School South Campus Media Room.
  • Noon Friday, March 16 at the Administration Office.

The board’s tentative calendar for the search includes an April 20 application deadline; announcing candidate interviews by April 25; holding interviews from April 30 through May 8; and possible site visits on May 14-15.

Dirk Weeldreyer, former Fennville Public Schools superintendent, was recently named interim superintendent. Superintendent Randy Rodriguez resigned in January after the board voted to not renew his contract, which was set to expire at the end of June.

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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

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