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Silbernick leaving for Holdingford district

Wadena-Deer Creek activities director Brian Silbernick guards junior cager Courtney Volkmann during a pre-season practice session. Silbernick coached the varsity team during the 2009-2010 season in addition to his administrative and teaching duties. Silbernick is leaving WDC after four years to become the Dean of Students at Holdingford.

Wadena-Deer Creek activities director and math teacher Brian Silbernick is leaving for a dean of students job at Holdingford High School.

Silbernick will round out the school year at Wadena-Deer Creek before moving onto Holdingford, Minn., which is just 18 miles southwest of his hometown of Little Falls, with his wife, Lisa.

The 50-year-old Silbernick has worked in District 2155 for four years. Prior to that he worked in the Big Lake school district. He was assistant principal and activities director at WDC until last year when his principal's position was cut and he began teaching secondary math. He also served as head girls' basketball coach during the 2009-2010 season.

"I've enjoyed it here but with the cuts I don't know what part of a job I would have," Silbernick said. "At this point in my career my goal is to be in administration."

The Holdingford job will be "a good fit" and Silbernick will have an opportunity to work his way into the head principal's job in a couple of years. The current principal at Holdingford, Patrick Vandrovec, is approaching retirement.

Holdingford has an enrollment of 286 in the top four grades. Wadena-Deer Creek's top four enrollment this year is 323.