The Inver Grove Heights district has selected six candidates to interview for the position of superintendent, a position currently held by Deirdre Wells. Wells, who has been superintendent for nine years, will step down at the end of June.

The candidates chosen for the first round will be interviewed next Tuesday and Thursday by the school board and an advisory committee, according to Ken LaCroix, the consultant managing the search.

They are:

John Bezek, Assistant Superintendent, Shakopee Public Schools
Jeffrey McGonigal, Associate Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District
Gregory Winter, Superintendent, Braham School District
Dave Bernhardson, Assistant Superintendent, South Washington County Schools
Teri Anne Staloch, Assistant Superintendent, Osseo Area Schools
James Lentz, Superintendent, Pipestone Area Schools

Between April 30 and May 2, the top two or three candidates will be invited back to meet with staff and community groups, tour the district's schools and have a second interview with the board.

The Inver Grove Heights district has 10 schools and enrolls 3,900 students.

LaCroix is a longtime superintendent search consult in the Twin Cities.