​​​​​​​​​​​District 121 Announces New Superintendent of Schools

The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. John P. Ahlgrim, has been hired to serve as the Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1, 2015.  He will fill the position currently held by Dr. Mary Perry Bates, who has led the District since 2012 and will be retiring at the end of this school year.

The WTHS School Board is excited to have a person of John Ahlgrim’s talent and experience join our team as the new Superintendent.  John brings years of experience as a teacher, building administrator and Superintendent to the Warren team and we all feel he is capable of leading Warren into the future.

With 28 years of experience in education, Dr. Ahlgrim is currently the Superintendent of Schools at Zion Elementary School District 6, a position he has held since 2008.  Before taking that position, he served for 14 years in leadership roles at Mundelein High School including Principal/Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Mathematics Instructor, and coach for 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. 

“I am honored and excited to be joining the leadership team in District 121,” Dr. Ahlgrim said.  “In meeting with the Board of Education, district and school leaders, and staff and community representatives, there is a very evident sense of pride in the past, present and future of Warren.  There is a very strong culture of excellence at WTHS, and the focus on collaboration and student success in and out of the classroom is very powerful.  Dr. Perry Bates is certainly to be thanked and commended for her fine leadership to District 121.”

District 121’s Superintendent Search Committee conducted a national search for the incoming superintendent.  The process included an online survey, interviews and focus groups to develop a candidate profile that served as a guide during candidate screening and subsequent interviews.  The search firm received applications from 39 candidates and narrowed the field to six semi-finalists who interviewed with the Search Committee.  The top two candidates returned for interviews with District administration, union representatives, parents and community members and their feedback was provided to the Search Committee to take into consideration for the final interviews. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this most important process. 


Board of Education
Warren Township High School District 121

Contact Warren:​​ 847.662.1400
O'Plaine Attendance: 847.599.4799
Almond Attendance: 847.548.6333

Mary Perry Bates, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

Gregory J. Meyer
O'Plaine Campus Principal
Patrick W. Keeley
Almond Campus Principal

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