CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County school board members renewed Superintendent Ron Duerring's contract for one year and gave him another raise, which will increase his salary by nearly 58 percent since 2008 and make him the third-highest-paid county superintendent in the state next year.
During a special meeting Monday, the board voted 5-0 to give Duerring a one-year contract that begins July 1 and lasts until June 30, 2014.
The board also voted 3-2 to give Duerring a raise. Board members Pete Thaw and Robin Rector voted against the raise. Both also voted against a salary increase that Duerring received in 2008.
School board members Becky Jordon, Jim Crawford and Bill Raglin voted for the raise.
Duerring's 5-percent raise means an increase of $7,500 on top of his current salary of $150,000.
Raglin said the one-year contract shouldn't alarm anyone.
"We mutually agreed upon the duration between Superintendent Duerring and the board. It shouldn't be written that there's displeasure on our part or on Duerring's part to jump ship," Raglin said.
Crawford said former Clay County Superintendent James Dawson had a one-year contract for 20 years.
Duerring thanked the board for renewing his contract. He said the one-year contract provides more flexibility, but it doesn't mean he is leaving.
"It's a privilege and honor to be in this position. I've loved every minute of it," Duerring said. "Some day you have to say goodbye to it all, but now is [not that time]."
Duerring is one of the longest-serving county superintendents in the state. He's held the role since 1998.
His current four-year contract, which has built-in annual pay raises, expires June 30.
Duerring has received about a $3,300 raise every year since the contract was issued. Berkeley County's superintendent has a higher salary, and Putnam County's superintendent salary will eclipse Duerring's next year as well -- although Kanawha's is the largest school system in the state.
Duerring said he went eight years without a pay raise -- from 2000 to 2008 -- and "in the end, it worked out."