Superintendent Chris Himsel will lead the Northwest Allen County Schools district for an additional three years after board members renewed his contract Monday.
Himsels $153,000 annual salary includes an increase of about 2 percent.
The raise may look like a gain, but Himsel took a 3 percent pay cut two years ago, in light of a staffing pay freeze.
Himsel joined NACS in July 2010.
According to his contract, he was set to earn $155,000 annually, but he accepted the decrease the following summer.
Before the unanimous vote to approve Himsels contract, longtime board members Paul Sloffer and Ron Felger said they were very pleased with Himsels performance.
I appreciate your faith in my work, Himsel responded.
About two-thirds of the salaries have been restored after the district cut the staffs pay by about 3 percent two years ago, Himsel said.
We still have positions and salaries to restore, he said.
But we are moving in that direction.
Himsel said he is eager to fully restore the salaries and positions so the district can become more competitive in attracting new teachers.
In addition to his salary and benefits, Himsel will receive a one-time performance stipend of $8,000 in January and an annuity of $6,913.
Although Himsel was not surprised by the renewal – its a long process that begins in October, he said – he was pleased.
Northwest Allen County Schools is all about the people, Himsel said.
We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of people working with our kids.
Everyone is so passionate about helping our kids succeed, he said.
Himsels contract, along with the ratified teachers contract, will be posted on the schools website, www.nacs.k12.in.us, within the next week.