JeanAnn Paddyfote will be extending her tenure as superintendent of schools in New Milford.

The Board of Education renewed a three-year contract Monday with the veteran administrator. Included will be a 2 percent raise to elevate her annual salary to $200,046.

"JeanAnn's evaluation reflects what an outstanding leader she has been for the district," said board Chairman Danielle Shook. "We were pleased that she is staying on with us and look forward to her continuing presence in the district."

Paddyfote has been with the New Milford school district since 1981, serving as superintendent since 2005.

Her 2014 evaluation was her highest to date from the Board of Education.

Ninety-five percent of the board's rating responses gave Paddyfote high marks in the area of educational leadership, fiscal management and professional qualities.

"I'm really pleased and excited to have the extension on my contract," Paddyfote said. "We've got a lot of challenges as we're charting new territory."

"But we also have a lot of opportunities," she added. "I'm very excited about the instructional changes."

This coming school year, Paddyfote and her administrative team will prepare for the closing of Pettibone School in June.

Also on the agenda will be reconfiguring the school district's grades. Third-graders will go to Sarah Noble Intermediate School starting in the 2015-16 school year and sixth-graders will attend Schaghticoke Middle School.

Also ahead will be the redistricting of the town's student enrollment.

The school year ahead also will bring improved literacy and mathematics instruction, Paddyfote said, with coaches and two intervention teachers added to the schools' staff.; 860-355-7322