Julian Gray said, "I believe each and every one of you wants to make this year one you'll be proud of."
Gray says it's important teachers not get distracted by the school board controversy over the superintendent's seat.
Gray said, "When I came in I saw that the image and news account of the Monroe City school system, we had somehow lost some of our swagger and a lot of that's morale."
So he brought teachers together over eggs, grits, and bacon to try to get the school year kicked off right. Then teachers headed straight to their classrooms.
Julie Montgomery said, "Oh I'm just really excited, summer's been long, but we're ready."
Vanessa Small said, "It's a little hectic, but it's exciting too. It's a new year, a new opportunity."
It could be a new beginning for whoever ends up leading the district into the school year. Either way, Principal Patrick Taylor says the outcome won't affect his students.
Patrick Taylor said, "Regardless of who is leading or not you still have a job and you're still supposed to do what you can do for the children."