Hilliard City Schools Superintendent John Marschhausen will continue to lead the district through July 2023 after the school board acted June 11 to extend an employment contract.

Board members voted 4-0 to extend the contract after receiving a June 1 letter from Marschhausen, "offering to terminate" a five-year contact that was effective Aug. 1, 2016, and that did not expire until July 31, 2021.

In the June 1 letter, Marschhausen wrote, "I am offering to terminate my current contract with the board (July 31) provided the board ... re-employs me on a contract effective Aug. 1, 2018, through July 31, 2023, per the terms discussed."

The contract extension maintains an annual 2 percent raise but adds other benefits, according to Stacie Raterman, a spokeswoman for the district.

A 10 percent annuity will increase to 13 percent of his base salary; that amount was $169,700 at the start of his contract Aug. 1, 2016.

His current base salary is $178,385. Total compensation, including insurance and other benefits, was not made available by the district.

In fiscal year 2018, the district's total expenditures for all personnel services were about $116.7 million, according to the district's five-year forecast, which was updated in May. Personnel services represent "all salaries and wages for the employees of the school district paid from the general fund," according to the forecast. Employees' retirement and insurance benefits totaled almost $43.9 million, which is about another 37 percent.

The new contract also will provide Marschhausen a "retention incentive" equal to 1 percent of his salary and annuity for each year of service, paid as a lump sum each August, and will increase his professional-development allowance from $4,800 to $8,400.

Board member Heather Keck was absent from the June 11 meeting but said she supports the contract extension.

"(Marschhausen) has done an excellent job moving this district forward," Keck said. "(The board is) happy to extend his contract to show our appreciation for his work and dedication in preparing our students to compete in a technologically advanced world. We know he will meet our expectations."

Lisa Whiting, the board president, said Marschhausen has done "a phenomenal job leading our district."

Marschhausen, who arrived at Hilliard in July 2013 from the Loveland City School District in suburban Cincinnati district, said he is "blessed."

"There isn't a day that I'm not blessed to be here, and there's never a day that I'm bored," he said.