Superintendent's Office

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. 

COVID-19 Response

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.

Superintendent's Updates:

 

2020-2021 Communications

Fall 2020 Learning Options related communications found here: Fall Learning Options
COVID
-19 related communication found here: Coronavirus Page
2020 Bond & Non-homestead Millage Renewal communication found here: 2020 Election

PDF DocumentCCS Return from Holiday Break Learning Plan 12.22.20
PDF DocumentCHS Student Support and Remediation 12.17.20
PDF DocumentImportant Social Media Safety Message 12.10.20
PDF DocumentMiddle School Hybrid Transition 12.03.20
PDF DocumentSocial Dilemma Event Announcement 11.23.20
PDF DocumentUpdated COVID-19 Mitigation Recommendation 11.20.20
PDF DocumentCalendar Modification Letter 11.17.20
PDF DocumentImportant Message on MDHHS Emergency Order 11.15.20
PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Infection Rate Update 11.13.20
PDF DocumentCHS Hybrid Transition 11.09.20
PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Message from Dr. Martin 10.29.20
Video DocumentCOVID-19 Safety Update Video 10.23.20
PDF DocumentWest Michigan Superintendent COVID-19 Community Mitigation Letter 10.20.20
PDF DocumentEmergency Order MDHHS 10.05.20
PDF DocumentExecutive Order Update 10.04.20
PDF DocumentLocal Business Partnerships Press Release 9.28.20
PDF DocumentCal Cares Press Release 9.17.20
PDF DocumentSafe Viewing Varsity Games 9.17.20
PDF DocumentCHS In-Person Learning Update 9.11.20
PDF DocumentMHSAA & CHS Update 9.03.20
PDF DocumentCOVID-19 CHS Extended Closure 8.28.20
PDF DocumentCOVID-19 CHS Closure 8.27.20
PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Press Release
PDF DocumentKCSD & SRO Letter
Video DocumentFirst Day of School Update
PDF DocumentCCS Half Day Notice due to Heat
PDF DocumentCCS Heat/Humidity Guidance 
PDF DocumentCommunity Back to School Message
PDF DocumentCommunity Layoff Update
Video Document7.7.20 Community Town Hall

 

2019-2020 Communications

COVID-19 related communication can be found on the Coronavirus Page.
2020 Bond & Non-homestead Millage Renewal communication found here: 2020 Election
PDF Document6.23.20 Quick Community Update
PDF Document6.22.20 Community Message
PDF Document2020 Bond and Millage Renewal Thank You
PDF DocumentGrowth and Proficiency Announcement
PDF DocumentThank You Voters Non-Homestead Restoration 
PDF DocumentSpring Dialogue with Doc Martin
PDF DocumentCaledonia BOE Press Release 10.9.19
PDF DocumentCaledonia BOE Press Release 10.24.20
PDF DocumentDialogue with Doc Martin
PDF DocumentMDHHS Flyer on EEE
PDF Document9.26.19 Communication on EEE
PDF Document9.20.19 Communication on EEE
PDF DocumentFree Zone Reminder
PDF DocumentCaledonia BOE Press Release
PDF DocumentKent County Sheriff Department Parent Letter
PDF DocumentWelcome Back from Dr. Martin
PDF DocumentSummer Letter from Dr. Martin - School Start Times & Other Important Info

2018-2019 Communications

PDF DocumentMay 3, 2019 Letter- 2018/2019 School Calendar Update
PDF DocumentMarch 11, 2019 Letter - 2018/2019 School Calendar Update
PDF DocumentFebruary 14, 2019 Letter - 2018/2019 Calendar Update
PDF DocumentFebruary 4, 2019 Letter - 2018/2019 School Calendar Update
PDF DocumentJanuary 25, 2019 Letter - 2019/2020 Key Dates
PDF DocumentCommunity Letter - School Closing
PDF DocumentCommunity Letter - Road Conditions
PDF DocumentDialogue with Doc
PDF DocumentStrive for Less Than Five Message