Monroe City R-1 School District welcomes Superintendent Tony DeGrave.

The Monroe City R-1 School District welcomed Tony DeGrave to fill the position of Superintendent. DeGrave, a hometown native and MCHS graduate shared being excited to return to the community where his roots were planted. DeGrave welcomes the opportunity stating, “It is an honor to be able to be a part of the kids’ lives like someone was for me in the past.”

Panther pride runs deep in DeGrave’s veins, previously working in the district for ten years as a Special Education teacher and served as the High School football coach. He stated, “It feels like coming home. This district is special to me. It is such a big deal to be able to put on a Panther shirt every day.”

Prior to coming back to Monroe City, DeGrave was the Superintendent at the Van-Far School District in Vandalia and worked as the Principal, along with later being the Superintendent at Marion County R-2 in Philadelphia. He shared, “The Vandalia school district is similar in size to Monroe City.”

DeGrave plans to approach his new position at MCHS with alertness, stating, “I look forward to getting to know the district as family. I plan to be interested and involved as much as possible. Being a part of this community is important to me.”

DeGrave understands a position in the education system gives the right set of circumstances to impact and influence the lives of youth. As time has passed he feels he recognizes more now, how important being one of those people is, explaining how children can be encouraged by the role models and experiences they have while attending school. DeGrave expressed his passion for helping youth be inspired. He stated, “The educational system has helped catapult me into where I am today. I only hope to do the same for the children in this district.”

Although the 2020-21 brings a whole new set of challenges with the pandemic ongoing, DeGrave plans to take the guidelines and precautions of COVID-19 one day at a time. “No one really knows what this year will look like. We have never approached a school year like this in our lifetime. I plan to stop, look and listen as I approach the upcoming school year.”