CLUTE— Danny Massey immediately accepted a contract offer Tuesday, following the Brazosport ISD board’s final approval of his hiring, officially making him the district’s new superintendent.

After meeting in a closed session for about one hour Tuesday, trustees returned and officially approved hiring Massey.

Once again, a standing ovation followed trustees’ decision.

Trustees on March 31 unanimously voted to name Massey the lone finalist for the position.

He became interim superintendent Feb. 1 when former superintendent Karin Holacka left to take a position with the Education Service Center in Richardson.

The state required a 21-day waiting period before Massey could accept a contract.

A motion to offer Massey a contract discussed in the closed session passed 6-1, with Board Member Joe Silvas opposed.

Silvas would later say his opposition did not reflect how he felt about Massey as a superintendent.

The three-year contract would pay Massey $195,813 a year. The amount matches the market value for a school district BISD's size, officials said.

Former superintendent Karin Holacka's contract paid her $145,000 per year when the district hired her in 2011.

After verbally accepting the contract offer, Massey thanked trustees for the opportunity and read from a prepared speech that highlighted his hopes and plans for the future.

“I believe we have all the required ingredients to be a highly successful district,” he said.

The district’s new superintendent spoke about unique opportunities available in the area with neighboring industries experiencing growth and expansion.

He said Brazosport ISD should not only seek to help students acquire skills necessary to attain these jobs, but also those in the global market.

“We must believe the work we do as educators makes a difference,” Massey said.

Massey said he will immediately begin looking to organize his staff, such as adding an assistant superintendent, or a position in this capacity.

Ultimately, Massey told the audience he understood the need to create hope, belief and trust in the district, and said he looked forward to serving the district in his new role.

“On behalf of the board, we would like to express our support for you as superintendent,” Damian said.

Massey came to the district in 1991 as a special education teacher and coach at Brazoswood High School. He was in his fourth year as assistant superintendent when the board appointed him interim superintendent.

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