Only six months after receiving a one-year contract extension, the leader of the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District has been given a raise in his annual salary.

After a lengthy closed session July 21, TMISD trustees unanimously approved a 2 percent increase in Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez's annual pay, from $122,595 a year to $125,048. He also received a boost in his car allowance to $600 a month and an increase in health benefits for he and his wife.

That puts Gonzalez in the middle in terms of superintendent salaries for three of the largest school districts in Western Nueces County.

Calallen Independent School District superintendent Arturo Almendarez is at the top of the list, with a three-year contract that expires in December 2010 and is worth $164,000 annually. Almendarez does not, however, receive travel or cell phone allowances, school officials said.

At the low end of the scale, Robstown Independent School District superintendent Roberto Garcia was recently given a three-year contract extension, which pays $102,000 annually and does not include a salary increase, which runs through June 2011. Garcia also receives monthly travel and cell phone allowances of $300 and $100, respectively.

The school board previously approved a one-year contract extension for Gonzalez that runs through June 2012.

"I'm very grateful to the board for their continued support and am very excited about the possibilities for this school year," Gonzalez said Friday.

All seven school board members gave Gonzalez, who has been the district's leader since 2005, a "very favorable" evaluation during a January meeting.

The TMISD superintendent said Friday that he plans to focus his attention this school year on helping the school district obtain an "Exemplary" rating in the state's accountability rating system.

Calls to TMISD school board president Paul Mostella for comment were not returned as of Monday.