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Special election set for Caledonia voters

Caledonia — The Caledonia Community Schools Board of Education has unanimously approved the resolution to call a special election for a bond proposal on May 2, 2023.

The district will be asking voters to approve a $61 million supplementary bond for a new Dutton Elementary, football stadium renovations and other projects previously removed from the 2020 bond to cut costs.

Superintendent Dedrick Martin previously said the supplemental bond would “complete the vision of the original bond,” which voters approved in 2020 to fund construction of the Cal Community Center. 

“We aspire to have great academic environments and we want to be fiscally responsible and transparent,” Martin said. “We were fiscally conservative the first time we went out to bond in 2020, so at this point, we have the capacity for this new bond.” 

The district has cited “economic pressures” that have raised current construction costs on the community center higher than expected. Martin said the new proposal would not increase tax rates. 

Supplemental bond funds would go toward a new roof for Duncan Lake Middle School and the Early Childhood Center, new athletic field turf, parking lot and playground repairs, new buses and more. A complete list of projects for the proposal can be found on the district’s website.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter, covering Caledonia, Kenowa Hills, Godfrey-Lee, Grand Rapids and is a roving reporter for GRCC, Wyoming, Kentwood and Byron Center. 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.  Following a stint as a copywriter for a Grand Rapids area PR firm, she transitioned from communications to freelance writing and reporting for SNN.  Read Alexis' full bio

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