The Alabama state school board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a contract for new Superintendent Joe Morton.
The four-year contract will pay Morton $155,000 annually. That's a raise of $6,400 from the salary he made as deputy superintendent, but it's less than the $170,000 that Morton's predecessor, Ed Richardson, made.
Morton told board members he didn't want to create a distraction by asking for a bigger raise and he said he has other ways he wants to spend money besides keeping it for himself.
Morton is a former superintendent of the Sumter County School District.
Morton was named permanent state superintendent last month. He had held the job on an interim basis since January, when Richardson resigned to take over as acting president of Auburn University.