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‘An incredible fit’

The Board of Education has offered the position of superintendent to current State School Reform Officer Dedrick Martin.

Following a superintendent search and interviews with four candidates, the board voted unanimously to offer Martin the position and enter into contract negotiations.  Members of the board will meet with Martin soon to begin contract discussions. A start date has not yet been set.

Dedrick Martin

Martin said he looks forward to bringing his experience, collaborative leadership, creativity and innovation to Caledonia.

“It’s just a great district with good performance and a great community,” he said. “It’s growing, and it’s closer to my family. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Martin has served as a school reform officer and the Michigan Department of Education Director of Partnership Districts since February. He previously served as superintendent for St. Johns Public Schools for five years, and superintendent of Ypsilanti Public Schools for four years. He holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in special education and psychology from Grand Valley State University.

“It was clear Dr. Martin was an incredible fit for the candidate profile we developed,” said Board President Marcy White, in a press release. “He made an excellent impression on those he met with during the process, and his experience and training clearly demonstrate his preparation to successfully lead our school district.”

If contract negotiations are successful, Martin will replace former Superintendent Randy Rodriguez, who resigned in February after the board voted to not renew his contract, which was set to expire at the end of June. Dirk Weeldreyer, former Fennville Public Schools superintendent, has been serving as interim superintendent.

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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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