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.
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.