The Carlton School Board unanimously approved an extension to its superintendent’s contract during its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Superintendent John Engstrom signed an initial contract with the district in June 2020 after former Superintendent Gwen Carman left to take over as superintendent of the Lewiston-Altura School district.

Engstrom’s new contract includes a 0.5% pay increase when it begins — or about $540 more in 2021-2022 — and includes five more vacation days. In addition, the contract removes the interim tag from his job title.

Engstrom was initially hired on an interim, one-year contract in July 2020 as Carlton and Wrenshall worked toward a consolidation agreement. However, needed legislation failed to gain approval from the Minnesota Legislature and the boards disagreed on the issue of debt sharing.

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Carlton Superintendent John Engstrom (File / Pine Journal)
Carlton Superintendent John Engstrom (File / Pine Journal)

Leaders of both boards recently agreed to put consolidation talks on hold while each side explores alternative options for the future of their school districts.

Previously, Engstrom was superintendent of Friess Lake School District in Washington County, Wisconsin. Engstrom retired following a consolidation between Friess Lake and neighboring Richfield School District.