It was a busy summer for the Milford school system, which was focused on transitioning city elementary schools to a PreK-5 configuration. In addition to all that, the Board of Education conducted its annual review of School Supt. Dr. Elizabeth Feser, approving a new three-year contract and a 2.25% salary increase for 2015-16.

The new contract runs through June 30, 2018.

According to School Board Chairman Susan Glennon, Dr. Feser’s annual review was held on July 20, and the vote on her contract took place July 22.

The school board approved the new contract by a vote of 7-2. Board member John DeRosa suggested the salary increase be amended to 2%, saying that 2% was adequate, according to minutes from the meeting. The motion failed however, with only DeRosa and Anthony Piselli supporting the change.

“The board believes Dr. Feser continues to lead Milford Public Schools with a tremendous degree of initiative, skill and ability,” Glennon said. “She is well respected in the district and by her peers, and is one of the longest tenured administrators in the state. She places an importance on being visible in our schools and the community and has made Milford her home in every sense of the word.”

Glennon added, “She has brought a sense of stability to the district and, over the past year, helped the board in its decision to return to a PK-5 format and capably handled the transition process. While there is still much work to be done, the board feels Dr. Feser is moving Milford Public Schools in the right direction, both in the climate and feel of the district and the improvements we have seen in the capabilities of our teachers and staff, and the academic achievement of our students.”