Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, who plans to retire at the end of the next academic, was granted a final 2.63 percent raise Monday to more than $300,000, the highest compensation paid to a superintendent in the state.

The school board, which last year had not approved a raise for Landon, approved the increase unanimously.

The raise boosts Landon's pay to $300,641, up from the current $293,000.

Landon announced plans last week to retire at the end of the 2015-16 academic school year, after 16 years as the town's top education administrator.

In 2013, the school board granted Landon a two-year contract extension and a 1.75 percent pay increase. At that time, his contract was scheduled to expire last June 30. In extending the pact last year, however, the board decided against a pay increase.

The board Monday night also designated itself as the search committee to select a new superintendent. Board Chairman Michael Gordon said there will be a national search for Landon's replacement. "The board will take its time to choose a new superintendent," he said.

At the start of the meeting, Landon said he's had the privilege of working the past 16 years with students, parents and the Board of Education. "I have another 13 months to cause trouble, so count on it," he said.

Of Landon's departure, Gordon commented, "He's retiring at a moment where he and students are on a roll."

He noted that Landon and Staples High School Principal John Dodig, who is retiring at the end of this academic school year, both earned statewide accolades recently.

"They were voted Superintendent of the Year and Principal of the Year" by the Connecticut PTA, Gordon said. "It's the first time a single town won those awards in a single year."