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Addison school board holds MASB-guided workshop to develop board norms, responsibilities

ADDISON — When the Addison Community Schools Board of Education meets later today for its December regular meeting, it will be the board’s first meeting since holding a workshop Dec. 5, led by a consultant with the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).

The workshop, which was attended by more than 20 staff members and the general public, centered on the roles, goals and performance expectations of a school board.

Addison’s board has seen its fair share of turnover within the last couple of years, as has its superintendent’s office.

Dan Bauer, former superintendent at Shelby Public Schools from 2012-18, was hired by the district in September and assumed the full-time superintendent duties Oct. 1.

More: Addison school board selects Dan Bauer as next superintendent

Since July 25, Addison had been operating with an interim superintendent, Julie Helber, who filled in the leadership role after Addison’s previous full-time superintendent, Daniel Patterson, announced earlier this summer he would be resigning after a little more than one year with the district. Helber was contracted with the district through Sept. 29.

Bauer, following the Dec. 5 workshop, said he is still getting his feet wet when it comes to understanding the nuances of Addison Community Schools.

Being new to the district is difficult, he said, because “there’s so much stuff that I don’t know.”

Most superintendents, when hired by a district will begin their work roughly around July 1, during the summer recess which provides them with time to get to know the community, the board and administrative team and to conduct workshops and other needed training before the start of the new school year.

“I jumped into a fast-moving river in October, because everything was already going,” he said.

Dan Bauer was selected Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, by the Addison Community Schools Board of Education to become the district's next full-time superintendent.

Dan Bauer was selected Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, by the Addison

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OpenAI brings back Sam Altman as CEO just days after his firing unleashed chaos | National News

The ousted leader of ChatGPT maker OpenAI will return to the company that fired him just days ago, concluding a short but chaotic power struggle that shocked the tech industry and underscored the conflicts around how to safely build artificial intelligence.

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Steamship website redesign reaches nearly $3 million

The Steamship Authority’s (SSA) website relaunch is facing another delay, and a cost spike that pushes it near $3 million.

The SSA board voted 3-1 to approve a change order with the firm managing the website redesign for $288,000, bringing up the total project cost to $2.8 million. 

Falmouth representative Peter Jeffrey was the sole dissenting vote during the Thursday afternoon meeting, but board members were not happy. Vineyard representative Jim Malkin called the creeping costs a “management failure.”

Stellar Elements — originally called Projekt202, which later changed to ADK Group — is running the redesign. 

SSA general manager Robert Davis said development of the website redesign will continue over the summer, with a fall release date. “There’s a number of elements on this project that still need to be resolved,” he said. “To be rolling this out at this time of year, we don’t feel is the best. We only have one chance to make a first impression.” 

The SSA initially planned to launch a redesigned website and mobile app, a project originally budgeted for $2.6 million, by this spring. However, the project was delayed in February.

According to SSA spokesperson Sean Driscoll, the original contract cost was $1.996 million, but previous change orders increased the costs to $2.5 million. 

The website also saw a mishap with its cloud servers during the opening of summer reservations for Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, during which many customers had difficulties accessing the website and experienced long wait times. Driscoll told The Times at the time that the difficulties were not related to the website redesign.

According to Driscoll, the website redesign is undergoing a “very rigorous” development and testing phase.

“Large portions of the functionality are complete from a development standpoint, but many items still remain to be fully tested and

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