Brownwood school members began their monthly board meeting Monday night by recognizing dozens of students for their achievements in UIL competition. Later in the evening, board members voted to give superintendent Dr. Joe Young a one-year contract extension.

As a large audience watched, board president Michael Cloy read out names of students and what they had achieved.

Young handed out certificates to the students, who were then photographed in groups by Charles Musgrove, the district’s community relations coordinator.

Woodland Heights Elementary music teacher Aaron Terry led his students through a performance of a song from the musical “Princess and the Pea.”

  “It’s the song where the queen has all kinds of excuses why none of the princesses are good enough to marry her son, Terry said. “She’s always making some sort of impossible test and we go through three princesses just in that song alone,” he said.

As school board members and a large audience applauded the performance, Cloy said he’ll never listen to the wedding march in quite the same way again.

As the “recognition” portion of the board meeting ended, Young handed out certificates to board members in honor of School Board Recognition Month.

The board’s contract extension for Young, who began working as superintendent in January 2017, means Young is now under contract through July 2021.

“Dr. Young has done an excellent job for BISD and the board is proud of his development and devotion to our school district,” Cloy said via text message.

Young and the school board comprise a team that is functioning at a high level under Young’s leadership, Cloy said.

“His leadership and support of teachers and staff of BISD is to be admired,” Cloy said. “We are happy with his leadership of BISD and hope that he continues in that capacity for many years to come.”

Young previously worked as deputy superintendent in the Corsicana school district.

After the school board extended his contract Monday night, Young said via email:

“The last two years in Brownwood ISD have been some of the most rewarding in my career. We have outstanding teachers, students, staff members, parents, and community members who make this a special place.  

“I’m humbled that the Board renewed my contract to continue to serve BISD. We have made progress, but we are not finished improving our district. I look forward to continuing our work in the years ahead.”