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Caledonia chooses next superintendent

Caledonia — Caledonia Community Schools Board of Education made the unanimous decision at a special board meeting Dec. 20 to begin contract negotiations with Interim Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer for the position of superintendent.

“I am deeply thankful for this opportunity to further serve our students, collaborate with our dedicated team, and be an integral part of the Caledonia community,” Weeldreyer said. “It is an honor to continue working towards the educational advancement of our students as we pursue the highest levels of excellence.”

The board remains committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for its students, it said in a recent press release, and believes Weeldreyer’s leadership will be instrumental in achieving this goal.

At the meeting, Board President Marcy White reflected on Weeldreyer’s tenure in the district, following the departure of Dedrick Martin earlier this year.

“Mr. Weeldreyer’s remarkable leadership and commitment to our district have been evident throughout his time as interim superintendent,” she said. “We are thrilled at the prospect of his continued guidance in this more permanent role.”

Weeldreyer served in the same interim role in 2018 prior to Martin’s appointment. Since retiring from his superintendent position at Fennville Public Schools in 2017, Weeldreyer has served as interim superintendent in various West Michigan school districts, including Godfrey-Lee Public Schools.

Read more from Caledonia: 
Interim leader to interview for superintendent role
Caledonia looks inward to start superintendent search

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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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