Stay a while longer, Mr. Rotan.

That was the message from Glen Rose ISD’s Board of Trustees Monday night when they extended the contract of Superintendent Wayne Rotan and approved a two percent salary increase for the veteran administrator.

After their regular meeting, the Trustees went into a closed session on the matter before voting to add one year to the current five-year contract that had paid Rotan $180,000 per year. The two percent pay raise will kick in this July. Rotan’s contract now extends through June 30, 2022.

Rotan said he was pleased with the extension, which was preceded by the Board’s annual superintendent evaluation earlier this month.

“This is my 12th year in Glen Rose, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it,” said Rotan, a native of Sweetwater. “We have an outstanding board and staff and I feel blessed to be part of it. My own children graduated here, and I don’t think there is a better place in the world where they could have received an education than Glen Rose.”

Rotan announced earlier, during the regular meeting, that the GRISD’s current total enrollment shows 2.4 percent growth over last year at this time. He noted that there are now 1,759 students, 40 more than a year ago.

In other action during Monday’s meeting, several high school athletes, a coach and an outstanding administrator in the GRISD were recognized for their recent honors.

When the Texas High School Coaches Association’s academic all-state teams were announced in mid-December, six senior members of the 2016 Glen Rose varsity football team were included.

Matthew Willis, an all-state lineman for the Tigers, topped the list, making the THSCA’s Elite Team.

Seth Love of Glen Rose was on the first team, and teammate Kully Reynolds was on the second team.

The honorable mention academic all-state list featured Tigers Hayes Burney, Ethan Hartman and Landen Ibarra. Hartman, Burney, Reynolds and Willis were able to attend the meeting to receive their certificates.

Willis was also recognized at the meeting for earning honorable mention all-state in football from the Associated Press Sports Editors.

The academic all-state honors were earned based on each student’s grade-point average (from ninth through 12th grade), plus class rank and SAT and/or ACT scores. Their four-year grade average must be at least 92 in order to be considered.

Susan Wright was recognized for being named in December as the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ (TASSP) Outstanding Middle School Principal of the Year.

After Wright received her certificate from a TASSP representative during the meeting, she got one last special touch — a standing ovation from the teachers, coaches, administrators, board trustees and others in attendance.

Wright was serving as Glen Rose Junior High School principal when she was nominated for the TASSP award last spring. Since then, she was promoted to assistant superintendent of instruction for the GRISD.

Ramsey Ghazal, head coach of the Glen Rose varsity girls basketball team, was cited for reaching 400 career victories at the varsity level.

The Board also voted to approve $49,575 from the Glen Rose Youth Baseball Association for building a covering over the stands at Beck Field, where youth baseball games are played in Glen Rose. Although school teams don’t play games at Beck Field, the unanimous vote was required because it’s on land owned by the GRISD.