About Dr. James A. Monaco
Monaco Elementary School is named after Dr. James A. Monaco, who served Aubrey students for more than 40 years, including 32 years as superintendent.
Dr. Monaco started working for Aubrey ISD as a guidance counselor in 1977. He also taught drivers education and coached football, basketball and track, and served as Aubrey High School’s principal. In 1984, he was named superintendent and served as Aubrey ISD’s superintendent of schools until his retirement in 2013.
His students loved and revered him as shown through their request to have him speak at multiple graduation ceremonies and by dedicating a yearbook to him. His keen ability to motivate people beyond their own expectations in the classroom and on the court was a natural transition to him leading the district as Superintendent.
Dr. Monaco made significant contributions toward moving Aubrey ISD toward academic excellence.Over his term, Aubrey ISD celebrated five recognized (80% or better passing the state test) and one exemplary rating (90% or better passing the state test) on the state accountability exams. Dr. Monaco also passed three successful bond issues which built an elementary, middle, and a high school and state-of-the-art athletic facilities.
He also served on the Board of Directors for the Aubrey Education Foundation and established an endowment in memory of his son, Jason, for future graduates. In addition, Dr. Monaco established high expectations for the district’s instructional programs through an innovative teacher induction program which will continue to define and impact teaching excellence in AISD.
In honor of his commitment and dedication to the Aubrey ISD community, Aubrey ISD’s second elementary school was named after him in 2008.