Inver Grove Heights schools announces superintendent finalists

The Inver Grove Heights school board recently announced its six first-round finalists for superintendent.

The board is hoping to replace Superintendent Deirdre Wells, who announced in January that she would resign when her contract ends June 30, after nearly a decade in the district’s top spot.

The finalists are:
• John Bezek, assistant superintendent of Shakopee Public Schools. Past experience: principal of Tartan High School, assistant principal of Park High School, guidance counselor, social studies teacher, coach.

• Jeffrey McGonigal, associate superintendent of Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools. Past experience: former principal of Coon Rapids High School and Robbinsdale High School, associate principal of Roseville High School and White Bear Lake High School, athletic director at Lakeville High School, social studies teacher and coach.

• Gregory Winter, superintendent of Braham Area Schools. Past experience: principal of Fergus Falls High School, Sebeka High School and Le Center High School; social studies teacher for 10 years in New Prague.

•  Dave Bernhardson, assistant superintendent of South Washington County Public Schools. Past experience: principal of Woodbury Elementary and Inver Grove Elementary, teacher at school district 196, driver’s education and coach.

•  Teri Anne Staloch, assistant superintendent of Osseo Area School District. Past experience: former director of curriculum and instruction in Osseo, director of instructional services at Holmen as well as positions as middle and elementary schools principal in Holmen; interim director of graduate studies, graduate studies facilitator and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, consultant at Chelsom Consultants as a restitution trainer, middle and high school English teacher.

•  Jim Lentz, Pipestone Area Schools superintendent. Past experience: Superintendent of MACCRAY in Clara City, Minn., superintendent and middle-high school principal in Howard, S.D. and a history teacher.

The finalists will be interviewed April 22 and 24, according to the board’s announcement. The interviews, which are open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. each day in the district office and the middle school IMC.

The board and the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, a team of 16 volunteers, including community members, parents and staff, will be conducting separate interviews with each candidate.

A second round of interviews is scheduled to begin either April 30 or May 1, depending the number of second-round finalists. A meet-and-greet will also be held for each candidate on the day of the second interviews in the middle school IMC from 5 to 6 p.m.

— Kaitlyn Roby


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