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Josh Grover will be the new principal at Blackduck High School this fall. Pictured is him with his wife, Christine, and their three children McKennon, 8, Keaton, 5 and Emmersyn, who is a little over a year and a half.

After Principal Randy Hansen announced his resignation in early December, Blackduck High School began the search for his replacement.

The Blackduck School District held interviews in March and Superintendent Wally Schoeb noted during a School Board meeting that the school had received many qualified applicants.

Those applicants were dwindled down to just one: Joshua Grover.

Grover is now the director of bands and choirs at Sheyenne High School, which is part of West Fargo Public Schools in West Fargo, N.D. In his position he is responsible for the music curriculum development and distribution to over 160 students. He is also responsible for establishing the band and choral programs at the school.

Grover holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in technology integration. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from North Dakota State University in 2004 and shortly after was hired at Thompson Public School near Grand Forks, N.D., where he was employed as a vocal music educator for two years.

Grover then was given the opportunity to be the general elementary music teacher at South Elementary School in West Fargo in June 2007 before he gained his current position as director of bands and choirs. He is now working at a school with a student population of about 850 and 450 more plan to attend Sheyenne High School next year.

He holds his principal certification in Minnesota and North Dakota. Right now, Grover is pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership (K-12) and expects to graduate in 2016.

Grover noted he’s been trained in RTI, which is Response to Intervention. The program focuses on a prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. He mentioned that he is also vested in the research and implementation of alternate education programs for when the traditional education program isn’t successful for all students.

Grover will be in Blackduck on April 18 to tour the community and he also plan to look at homes for his family. He has been married for nearly 11 years and has three children ages 8, 5 and a little over a year and a half.

Hansen’s resignation

Hansen resigned for personal reasons, which he noted was mostly due to his wife living and teaching in Nisswa, Minn.

Thought was also given to the timing of Hansen’s resignation. He pointed out during the School Board meeting on Dec. 9 that Superintendent Wally Schoeb plans to retire following the 2014-15 school year so rather than they retire the same year, he chose to resign the year prior.

Hansen also admitted that wasn’t so up-to-date with the technology advancements taking place at BHS. He said that the school deserves to have a leader who can fill those needs.

Jillian Gandsey

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