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After reading that the Blackduck School Board was to consider accepting the resignation of Principal Randy Hansen, board member Cynthia Nord had one question:

“What if we vote not to accept it?”

With that, the mood lightened at the board meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, as Hansen joked that there would have to be some discussion.

Hansen then asked if he could address the board and went on to explain a difficult situation in his personal life and said his position at Blackduck High School has been wonderful.

“Family always comes first,” Hansen said. “So, I’m asking this to be my last year at Blackduck High School.”

During his time here, Hansen’s wife has been a teacher in Nisswa, Minn., while he has been in Blackduck.

“It’s tough on my family,” Hansen said. “Being this far apart.”

They have tried to take turns visiting each other every other weekend but it doesn’t always work out as planned, Hansen said.

That, combined with other family conflicts, including a new grandchild on the way, has lead him to his decision to resign.

Hansen pointed out that Superintendent Wally Schoeb also plans to retire from Blackduck School District, but not until the 2014-15 school year is over.

“It will be an excellent time to hire a high school principal instead of Mr. Schoeb and myself leaving at the same time,” Hansen said. “This will allow them to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and the experience that Mr. Schoeb possesses.”

With the incoming technology boost that the school will be receiving, Hansen also admits that he isn’t the most up-to-date with the newest advancements.

“Blackduck High School needs to have a leader that can fill the future technology needs here,” Hansen said. “That person will lead the high school to a new realm of possibilities for our students and staff.”

Hansen said that they will also look for a candidate with curriculum and instruction background.

“Anyone who gets the position here is very fortunate because they have such a great teaching staff and Wally is just great to work with,” Hansen said.

While addressing the board, Hansen also gave a special “thank you” to the superintendent.

“You’ll always do what’s best for students and that’s why I have enjoyed these years here at Blackduck,” Hansen said. “You’re simply an awesome educator and it’s been a blessing that I’ve had that time with you here.”

After Hansen discussed his situation with the board, Nord asked for a motion to accept his resignation.

“I make the motion with regrets,” said board member Grant Mistic. “I understand.”

Hansen’s resignation will take full effect at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at 

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