Inver Grove Heights is looking for someone to fill the shoes of Superintendent Deirdre Wells after she stepped down last month from the district's top spot.

In an email written to staff on Jan. 10, Wells said she was resigning as of June 30, 2014 "to focus on the next arena of opportunities and challenges."

She held the position for nine years, and in that time made many positive contributions, especially in the areas of curriculum and getting the district's $24.75 million bond referendum passed in November 2013, said Cindy Nordstrom, school board member.

The district has already posted the job and is working with a search firm to name the next superintendent by the end of May, according to Nordstrom.

Key attributes of the new superintendent will be a willingness to collaborate and promote community as well as strong communication skills, Nordstrom said.

"We think we're in a really good place right now and we want to continue moving forward," Nordstrom said.

Wells is currently a finalist for the superintendent position in the Richfield district. Richfield's new superintendent will be named Wednesday night.