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Grow moves to Blackduck School District in new position

Ryan Grow may have resigned from his position as Community Facilitator, but he won’t be going far.

The Blackduck School Board voted to hire Grow as the Director of Community Services and Activities at their regular meeting on Monday. The position was previously titled Activities Director, but has been restructured to also manage community education.

Grow will take the place of previous Activities Director Andra Vaughn, who recently resigned.

“The community services part is community education and with my previous position as Community Facilitator, a third of my position was funded by the school, which was the community (education) component so I’m still in charge of the community (education) programs,” Grow said.

In addition to community education programs and activities, Grow will now direct athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities for grades 6-12 at Blackduck High School.

Superintendent Wally Schoeb said the changes to the position will be more efficient for the district.

“There’s a lot of duplication between the community education director and the (activities) director,” Schoeb said.

He listed little league activities, scheduling of events and communications for examples of matters that see overlap.

The school district funded a third of Grow’s previous position as Community Facilitator, which is also funded by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, The Blackduck Development Corp. and the city of Blackduck.

The contract for that position ends on March 31 and Schoeb said, “my position is that we would not fund it” for a following term.

The previous position of Activities Director included part-time teaching of three classes, which Schoeb said the school will try to absorb internally.

“Also some of the classes were being taught online and we’re looking for maybe Andra to do that,” Schoeb said.

Grow graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007, receiving a degree in secondary education social studies with a coaching specialty.

Grow’s contact information and office location will remain the same. He can be found in the district office at Blackduck High School and can be reached at 835-5206 or by email at

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do is be an athletic director,” Grow said. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity and I’m looking forward to working with all the different students, athletes, coaches and staff. I’m excited.”

Jillian Gandsey

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