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District 121 hires new superintendent

John Ahlgrim, formerly of District 6 in Zion, has been hired as the superintendent for Warren Township High School District 121. Ahlgrim begins serving in his new position on July 1.
John Ahlgrim, formerly of District 6 in Zion, has been hired as the superintendent for Warren Township High School District 121. Ahlgrim begins serving in his new position on July 1.

GURNEE – The Board of Education for Warren Township High School District 121 announced the hiring of new superintendent John Ahlgrim on March 18. Ahlgrim will begin serving the district on July 1, according to a news release.

The position has been previously held by Mary Perry Bates who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Bates has led the district since 2012.

Ahlgrim is currently the superintendent at Zion Elementary School District 6, a position he has held since 2008. He served for 14 years in leadership roles at Mundelein High School before transitioning to District 6. His duties in Mundelein included being a principal/deputy superintendent, assistant principal, dean, math instructor, and a coach of football, baseball, basketball and track. He began his education career teaching math at Holy Cross High School in Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and Libertyville High School, the release stated.

John Anderson, District 121 school board president, said the board is "excited to have a person of Ahlgrim's talent and experience join [the] team as the new superintendent."

"John [Ahlgrim] brings years of experience ... and we all feel he is capable of leading Warren into the future," Anderson said.

Ahlgrim said "the comprehensive nature" of the district and the "diversity of the student body" are appealing to him.

"This atmosphere provides great opportunities to support the overall growth of our young men and women," Ahlgrim said.

A three-year contract and base salary of $190,000 was presented to Ahlgrim. He and his wife live in Lake County with five daughters. Ahlgrim's educational experience includes a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University, a masters degree in educational administration from Northeastern Illinois University, and a bachelor degree in math from the University of Notre Dame, the release stated.

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