In a press release issued on Friday, Dec. 14, the Van-Far R-I School District confirmed that Tony DeGrave will be the district’s next superintendent.
DeGrave, who is currently the superintendent at Marion County R-II in Philadelphia, Mo., will replace Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter, who will retire at the end of the school year.
DeGrave will begin his duties at Van-Far on July 1, 2019.
DeGrave is a native of Monroe City. After graduating from Monroe City High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton College in special education.
He later earned a master’s degree in building-level administration from Grand Canyon University and a specialist’s degree in district-level administration from Arkansas State University.
DeGrave worked 10 years for the Monroe City R-I School District as a special ed teacher.
He also coached football for seven years at Monroe City before becoming K-12 principal at Marion County R-II, where he served four years before becoming superintendent in 2016.
“I am truly honored to be selected to be a part of the Van-Far School District,” Tony DeGrave said.
“The Board of Education has been extremely supportive of me and I look forward to working along with them to ensure that we continue to provide an exceptional learning experience for all of our students. I am looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and communities that the Van-Far School District so proudly serves.”