The first year Superintendent of the Maroa-Forsyth School district says it's his goal to sit back, listen and get the pulse of the community.
John Ahlemeyer (all-meyer) says coming to Maroa-Forsyth is a bit of a homecoming for him. He spent nearly 30 years in the Chicago area but originally from the Fieldcrest area, he says this move for him brings him closer to his family.
In his first year at Maroa-Forsyth, Ahlemeyer says his goal is to be open and honest and build relationships in the school district and community. He says he needs to just sit back and listen.
Ahlemeyer has an interesting perspective coming from the Chicago area and now working in downstate. While often on the other end of criticism from downstate leaders, Chicago area schools and downstate schools share a lot of common challenges according to Ahlemeyer.
Ahlemeyer plans to embark on a strategic planning process next summer. He wants a committee consisting of school staff, community members and others to help outline the future goals of the district.