ISD 199 superintendent announces resignation

Inver Grove Heights Schools Superintendent Dierdre Wells has announced she plans to step down from her position following a hard-won $24.8 million bond referendum last November.

Wells announced her resignation in a memorandum to ISD 199 staff dated Jan. 10. Wells was hired by the district in 2005; she will remain in the position until the three-year contract she signed in 2011 expires June 30.

In her memo to school staff, Wells said she had originally only planned to stay in the role for five years, but because of various circumstances and commitments she stayed on for a total of nine years. However, Wells said she now felt the current health and stability of the district afforded her the right opportunity to move on.

“I am so very proud of the great accomplishments of the last nine years and will carry great memories forward,” Wells wrote.  “It is, however, time to focus on the next arena of opportunities and challenges.“

District voters narrowly approved a $24.8 million building bond referendum last December, granting a major success to the school district and a notable capstone to Wells’ tenure as superintendent. The money will be used to replace roofs and windows and add secure entrances at Simley and Salem Hills, as well as improvements to Simley’s theater and athletic areas.

Work with the new funds could start as early as this summer.

The school board accepted Wells’ resignation in its Jan. 27 meeting. According to Melissa Cherney, executive assistant to the superintendent, the board is currently discussing options for Wells’ replacement.

—  Luke Reiter

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