The New Milford Board of Education unanimously approved a new three-year contact July 10 for Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote.

Dr. Paddyfote entered her 33rd year of service in the New Milford school district last week and was again awarded a three-year contract by the Board of Education.

The new contract replaces her previous three-year contract.

A meeting quorum of six board members unanimously approved the contract, which raises Dr. Paddyfote's annual salary to $196,124.41, with annuity included -- a net increase of approximately 2.5 percent.

That amount was reached with "a good deal of give-and-take" on both the superintendent and the board's part, said Wendy Faulenbach, board chairwoman.

"The vote July 10 was the culmination of a thoughtful discussion between the board and the superintendent ... in which (paid) furlough days were eliminated and vacation days were reduced," Ms. Faulenbach said.

During the past three years, Dr. Paddyfote voluntarily took 26 furlough days -- for which she was not paid, although her contract allowed her to be paid -- saving the district more than $20,000.

In the new contract, she gave up four of her vacation days during the 2012-13 school year and an additional five days during the 2013-14 school year, Ms. Faulenbach said.

"I'm very pleased," Dr. Paddyfote said. "The board's support always inspires me to work hard for our district."

She said her concession of eliminating paid furlough days and reducing and eventually capping vacation days was necessary for the good of the district.

"We're still struggling through some hard economic times here and I felt it was the thing to do to conserve our district's financial resources and use our district's dollars wisely," Dr. Paddyfote said.

The superintendent came to the district as the director of pupil personnel and special services. Her next role was that of assistant superintendent for student affairs. In 2002, she became interim superintendent of schools, and in 2005 she was named superintendent.; 860-355-7322