Tuloso-Midway Independent School District Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez was given a "favorable" evaluation Monday, along with a six-month extension on his contract.

School board trustees met in closed session for nearly 45 minutes to conduct an evaluation on the superintendent's work, and todecide whether it merited a contract extension. Once back in open session, the four members in attendance - board president Paul Mostella, trustees Felix Landin, Billy Lerma and Hector Del Toro - voted unanimously to extend Gonzalez's contract by six months.

"The board feels Dr. Gonzalez is doing a fine job with the district," Mostella said. "The governing of the district, along with the favorability of the evaluation we gave him, it's only fitting we extend his contract to further his tenure with T-M."

Gonzalez said he was grateful for the support the school board has shown in him and vowed to continue working to improve the district for its students.

"I'm humbled by the trust that has been bestowed upon me by the school board," Gonzalez said. "This contract is more than just a document - it's a symbol of the trust the board has put in me and it means a lot."

Gonzalez did not receive any changes in his salary or benefits, but his new contract now runs until Jan. 31, 2013.

Calallen Independent School District Superintendent Arturo Almendarez also had his contract extended Monday at the district's board meeting. Almendarez's new contract now runs through June 2012.

Also at Monday's meeting, TMISD school board members approved the district's annual audit, which showed the district had maintained a balanced budget. The report showed that at the end of the reporting period (Aug. 31, 2008), the district actually had a net increase of $344,000 in its General Fund balance, bringing it to about $8.8 million.

An area of concern for school officials was the sharp spike in food prices, from $1.6 million the previous school year to $1.8 million, which led to a $107,000 deficit in governmental funds available. School officials said discussions will take place with ARAMARK, the food service provider, on cost concerns.

Shared revenue was not included in the audit report, which may help to offset the deficit, but not enough to alleviate the district's concerns, assistant superintendent for business and operations Carol Sue Hipp said Monday.