It appears he’ll continue to coach boys’ basketball for at least the 2014-15 season; search for
a new chemistry teacher is on

    A familiar face will be Crookston High School’s new activities director.   

    The Crookston School Board at a special meeting Wednesday approved the hiring of longtime CHS science/chemistry teacher and Pirate boys’ varsity basketball coach Greg Garmen as new AD. He’ll begin his new duties in the fall.   

    Garmen will replace current AD Don Donarski, who has been performing some dean of students duties at the high school and will take on those duties on a full-time basis in the fall.   

    Garmen wasn’t the only person familiar to the school district, athletics and Crookston community who sought the job. Also interviewed were Scott Butt, who coaches Pirate varsity football and is the Parks & Recreation supervisor for the City of Crookston, and Joshua Hardy, who lives in Fisher and is an assistant coach of the Pirate boys’ hockey team. In addition, Dave Cresap of Perham interviewed for the Crookston AD job.   

    The job description indicates that at some point but maybe not in the first year the AD will also teach two class periods at the high school. That wasn’t discussed by the board and Superintendent Chris Bates Wednesday, but everyone around the table in the school district office conference room agreed that there’s no time to waste when it comes to seeking a new science/chemistry teacher at CHS.   

    “It’s critical we advertise as quickly as we can,” Bates said, citing the trend of high-school level teaching positions attracting significantly fewer applicants than elementary teaching positions.   

    Board member Dave Davidson, a longtime English/writing teacher at CHS before retiring last year, said he wasn’t alone in believing that Garmen is an excellent teacher who will be difficult to replace. “It’s going to be difficult to lose that academic edge,” Davidson said.   

    As for Garmen’s coaching duties, Bates said he’s going to leave that decision up to Garmen. It’s his belief, the superintendent continued, that Garmen will coach Pirate boys’ basketball next winter and then evaluate his options going forward.   

    Board Chair Frank Fee, citing Jim Scanlan in East Grand Forks, said it’s not impossible for someone to coach and be AD, too. “Scanlan’s the AD there and he coaches girls’ hockey,” Fee said. “He took them to state, so that seems to be working out pretty good.”