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Hudson -- The Board of Education unanimously approved a new three-year contract for Hudson Schools Superintendent Steve Farnsworth at its Feb. 11 meeting.
Farnsworth, 63, will earn $141,841 annually through the life of the contract, which runs from Aug. 1, 2013, to July 31, 2016. There is no change in benefits. Farnsworth's current three-year contract, which pays him an annual salary of $139,050, expires July 31.
The new contract shows a 2 percent pay increase, which the Board approved Jan. 28 under a new salary structure for administrators.
Farnsworth has been with the district since 2007 and has worked in education for more than 41 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. After retiring as superintendent with Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Farnsworth also spent a year working at the Ohio Department of Education before coming to Hudson.
"I have very much enjoyed my time in Hudson," Farnsworth said. "This staff is committed to helping students become all they can be."
The School Board's vote was 4-0. Board Member Steve DiMauro was absent from the meeting.
Board Member Gary Mushock called Farnsworth "an asset to this district" and said the superintendent has "helped us through many ups and downs."
"I think we are in a terrific place because of you," Mushock said.
Board Member Patricia Engelman called Farnsworth a "dedicated and compassionate leader."
"You are not satisfied with resting on your laurels but are always looking for ways to move the district forward," Board member James Field said.
Board President Dave Zuro told the Board that the Hudson City School District is "in a good place," and attributed that to Farnsworth's leadership.
The superintendent called the district's administrative team "absolutely the best in the state" and the Board "amazing."
"The most impressive thing about this place is the way we all work together for the benefit of our youth," Farnsworth said. "Very few communities have the kind of working relationship we enjoy here, not only among the various groups within the schools, but also with the city, the Chamber, the HEDC, the service clubs, Community First, the foundations, and the citizens at large.
"This is a wonderful place, and its outstanding reputation is well deserved."