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Caledonia looks inward to start superintendent search

Caledonia — The Caledonia Community Schools Board of Education has begun the search process for its next superintendent and is accepting applications from internal staff members. 

At a special board meeting held on Nov. 28, the motion was approved, after discussion, to start the search with an internal posting of the position. 

Board President Marcy White explained the decision to search from within the district’s pool of candidates in a press release: “This will provide qualified candidates from within the district, who understand our unique needs and values, the opportunity to apply for the position first,” she said.

Prospective internal candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before noon on Friday, Dec. 8. 

The Board plans to conduct a thorough review of all submitted application materials during its regularly scheduled December 11 board meeting and decide if they will expand their search to external applicants. 

“The Board acknowledges the profound impact that the selection of a new Superintendent has on the entire community and is committed to maintaining a fair and transparent process throughout the search for our next leader,” White said.

Dirk Weeldreyer has been serving as interim superintendent since June 2023, following the departure of Dedrick Martin

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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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