North Stonington - The Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night to extend Superintendent Peter Nero's contract by one year.
Nero said he had requested the extension, but not a raise. His original three-year contract would have expired in 2015.
"For me, it's all about the security," he said. "I have goals and plans that I want to do here, and I hope to be here for a long time."
Nero said his next goal will be "some type of building renovation project" to address the district's aging school facilities.
"His performance has been exemplary thus far and we felt that was warranted," school board Chairman Bob Testa said of the extension, citing Nero's handling of personnel matters, strong relationships in the community and fiscal responsibility during two budget-crafting processes.
Testa said Nero has acted as a mentor to his colleagues, having come to the district with three years' experience as superintendent of schools in Cranston, where they have already implemented new teacher evaluation programs and Common Core State Standards that Connecticut has started to adopt.
Nero sold his home in Crans ton last year to move to Westerly to be closer to North Stonington. He came on board as superintendent the month after the retirement of Natalie Pukas, who left the district amid accusations that she had misused a district credit card.