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‘Bittersweet’: superintendent departing for new role

Board of Education to discuss next steps May 15

Caledonia — After serving Caledonia Community Schools for five years, Superintendent Dedrick Martin has accepted the superintendent position at Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency.

He will remain in his current position until mid-July this year. The CCS Board of Education plans to discuss the next steps for finding a new superintendent at its May 15 meeting.

Dedrick Martin (courtesy)

“It was an honor when I received the call asking me to consider throwing my hat in the ring, and being accepted for the position was a testament to the work we’ve done in Caledonia,” he said. 

Martin described his upcoming transition as bittersweet and said he will remain focused on the success of the district in the next few months. 

“We’ve accomplished so much in the last five years and I’m very proud of how far we’ve come as a district,” he said. “While it’s sad to leave, my successor will be walking into a great opportunity to continue building on a legacy of success.”

In a letter sent to CCS staff on May 4, Martin explained his intentions for keeping the news of his departure under wraps until after finding out the results of the May 2 election

“While I have prided myself on being as transparent as possible, please forgive me for not addressing this earlier this week,” he wrote. “Remaining silent until now was intentional on my part as I did not want to take away from the focus of passing the supplemental bond.” 

Soon to be empty-nesters, Martin said he and his wife are looking forward to a fresh start.

“I’m excited about the work going on in Kalamazoo RESA,” he said. “To be able to join and support that work in any capacity is thrilling.” 

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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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