(Avoca) The current elementary principal and superintendent at Graettinger-Terrill will take over the reins as superintendent for AHST and Walnut this summer.
Jesse Ulrich’s career in education began as a high school teacher in Arizona and included time as a middle school student services coordinator at Dallas-Center Grimes before becoming a superintendent at Graettinger-Terrill. He comments on what led to his interest in the AHST and Walnut superintendent position saying,
"It's very clear to me what their vision is in regards to whole-grade sharing. Anytime you have that situation it is a wonderful opportunity to build student progams within the district. When you are pooling resources and pooling kids together you can really do great things."
In addition the schools, Ulrich was impressed by the communities.
Don’t expect a lot of changes right away as he says his first order of business will be to be a good listener and get to know the districts needs.
"There is going to be a lot of building partnerships with our community members and our parents and especially our staff. There are a lot of positive things going on at AHST right now. I think it's going to be my job to evaluate what is going on right now and to figure out what kind of tweeking we can do to figure out what we need to do to improve."
Ulrich replaces Mark Hopkins as superintendent. The change takes place on July 1st.