- Sponsorship -

‘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.

- Sponsorship -
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese 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 and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

LATEST ARTICLES

Students reopen fine-dining restaurant six months after closing its doors

GRCC’s The Heritage has reopened to the general public, with culinary students cooking, baking their way toward degrees...

Plotting for a plot

Students’ hand-drawn maps are meant for the safekeeping of memories and to spur ideas for when they write personal narratives...

Outdoor lover, zen seeker, middle-schooler hope-giver

Bill Cataldo is the new K-8 principal for Cedar Springs’ new Red Hawks Online virtual school this year. School News Network took some time to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

Whole-child advocates ready to lead, collaborate

SNN gets to know these new elementary principals in this edition of Meet the Principal...

High school closes due to positive COVID-19 cases

Caledonia High School is closed for in-person instruction through Friday, Sept. 11, after five students and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19...

Students have choice of face-to-face, online learning

Teachers are being trained in using the Michigan Virtual platform for online instruction...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS