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Tucson Unified School District Superintendent John Pedicone speaks about a survey the district is asking the community to take.

The Tucson Unified School District governing board renewed John Pedicone's contract and gave him a $35,248 bonus, district officials report.

Pedicone said the bonus would go to the Educational Enrichment Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports students and teachers in TUSD.

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With the contract renewal comes a base salary of $211,000, the same amount as his previous contract, plus allowances, says Cara Rene, a TUSD spokeswoman.

Governing Board members Adelita Grijalva, Alexandre Sugiyama and Miguel Cuevas voted in favor of the contract renewal and bonus. Board member Mark Stegeman voted against it and Michael Hicks abstained, Rene said.

“Superintendent Pedicone’s leadership and vision have improved academic and operational effectiveness throughout the district,” Cuevas said. “His direction has brought the district advancements in student achievement, technology and transportation, and he will continue to guide TUSD on the path to success.”

The bonus will help create a fund to recognize students who demonstrate leadership skills and a sense of service, Pedicone said.

"I look forward to being able to support students who display qualities that we value in young people," he said.

Pedicone has been TUSD's superintendent since January 2011 and will remain in that position until at least June 2014.