Dr. Dedrick Martin began leading Caledonia Community Schools in July 2018. The district has achieved several important milestones and overcome unprecedented challenges during his time as superintendent.
STEM Program Implementation
Dr. Martin led the shift in focus on Science, Engineering, Technology and Math in the 2020-2025 strategic plan. A district-wide STEM leadership team was formed and charged with increasing opportunities for students to explore STEM activities and connections to 21st century careers.
Passage of the Operating Millage Renewal and School Bond
In May 2020, voters approved both an operating millage renewal, ensuring CCS continues to receive full state funding, and a 30-year, $88 million bond. The bond approval allows for the construction of a new athletic complex, aquatics and community center, a new Dutton Elementary School and necessary improvements in safety and security, and repairs and upgrades to equipment.
Districtwide Strategic Plan
Dr. Martin and the CCS Board of Education led the implementation of a new strategic plan that guides the district through 2025. The strategic plan focuses on empowering and equipping all students to achieve their best by ensuring the highest quality system of learning and preparing students for 21st century jobs and to be competitive in a global environment.
Student Proficiency, Growth and Graduation
The latest school report from mischoolsdata.org shows all schools received an “A” for Proficiency based on state standardized tests. Our schools also rate well on progress and growth toward becoming even more proficient. In the last year, our high school graduation rate is an “A” and increased from 93% to 95% last year.
In an unprecedented school year, CCS responded rapidly to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of students, their families and the greater community. CCS released a Return to Learn 2020 Playbook ahead of the new school year and offered options for learning for students and parents based on feedback and the guidance of the Kent County Health Department. CCS has kept the community up-to-date in a timely manner on any changes due to COVID-19, and has worked around the clock to slow the spread of the virus.
Prior to his selection as superintendent in Caledonia, Dr. Martin served as the Superintendent of St. Johns Public Schools for nearly 5 years before being appointed by the State Superintendent as the Director of Partnership School Districts and State School Reform Officer for the Michigan Department of Education.
Dr. Martin also served as the Superintendent of Ypsilanti Public Schools from 2009 until 2013. During his time in Ypsilanti, he managed a successful development of an aggressive High School Reform plan for Ypsilanti High School that resulted in a dramatic reduction in the high school dropout rate and an increase in the high school graduation rate. Additionally, he spearheaded the opening of Ypsilanti New Tech which was identified as a National Demonstration Site in 2011. Dr. Martin was instrumental in helping lead the process towards a successful consolidation vote to unite both Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run Community Schools to form the Ypsilanti Community Schools. This consolidation effort resulted in the unprecedented merger of two neighboring school communities in the modern era and the obtainment of a $6 million dollar grant from the Michigan Department of Education to support the merger.
Dr. Martin is originally from Muskegon, Michigan. He has earned a Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University, a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Houston and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Michigan State University.
Community Town Hall communications: Town Hall Page
Fall 2020 Learning Options related communications: Fall Learning Options
COVID-19 related communications: Coronavirus Page
2020 Bond & Non-homestead Millage Renewal: 2020 Election
Kent County Health Dept Testing Sites 04.08.21
Spring Break Follow Up Letter 03.31.21
Spring Break Letter 03.24.21
In-District Transfer Deadline - Reminder 03.12.21
Spring Activities Update 03.09.21
Fog Delay Reminder 03.08.21
CCS Return from Holiday Break Learning Plan 12.22.20
CHS Student Support and Remediation 12.17.20
Important Social Media Safety Message 12.10.20
Middle School Hybrid Transition 12.03.20
Social Dilemma Event Announcement 11.23.20
Updated COVID-19 Mitigation Recommendation 11.20.20
Calendar Modification Letter 11.17.20
Important Message on MDHHS Emergency Order 11.15.20
COVID-19 Infection Rate Update 11.13.20
CHS Hybrid Transition 11.09.20
COVID-19 Message from Dr. Martin 10.29.20
COVID-19 Safety Update Video 10.23.20
West Michigan Superintendent COVID-19 Community Mitigation Letter 10.20.20
Emergency Order MDHHS 10.05.20
Executive Order Update 10.04.20
Local Business Partnerships Press Release 9.28.20
Cal Cares Press Release 9.17.20
Safe Viewing Varsity Games 9.17.20
CHS In-Person Learning Update 9.11.20
MHSAA & CHS Update 9.03.20
COVID-19 CHS Extended Closure 8.28.20
COVID-19 CHS Closure 8.27.20
COVID-19 Press Release
KCSD & SRO Letter
First Day of School Update
CCS Half Day Notice due to Heat
CCS Heat/Humidity Guidance
Community Back to School Message
Community Layoff Update
7.7.20 Community Town Hall
COVID-19 related communication can be found on the Coronavirus Page.
2020 Bond & Non-homestead Millage Renewal communication found here: 2020 Election
6.23.20 Quick Community Update
6.22.20 Community Message
2020 Bond and Millage Renewal Thank You
Growth and Proficiency Announcement
Thank You Voters Non-Homestead Restoration
Spring Dialogue with Doc Martin
Caledonia BOE Press Release 10.9.19
Caledonia BOE Press Release 10.24.20
Dialogue with Doc Martin
MDHHS Flyer on EEE
9.26.19 Communication on EEE
9.20.19 Communication on EEE
Free Zone Reminder
Caledonia BOE Press Release
Kent County Sheriff Department Parent Letter
Welcome Back from Dr. Martin
Summer Letter from Dr. Martin - School Start Times & Other Important Info
May 3, 2019 Letter- 2018/2019 School Calendar Update
March 11, 2019 Letter - 2018/2019 School Calendar Update
February 14, 2019 Letter - 2018/2019 Calendar Update
February 4, 2019 Letter - 2018/2019 School Calendar Update
January 25, 2019 Letter - 2019/2020 Key Dates
Community Letter - School Closing
Community Letter - Road Conditions
Dialogue with Doc
Strive for Less Than Five Message