In a tight vote, the Board of Education on Tuesday night awarded Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elliott Landon a 2-percent salary increase for the 2010-11 school year.

The board, in a 4-3 vote, also awarded the district's non-union employees a total pay increase of $120,000. The non-union employees include the town's director of facilities, custodial supervisors, nursing supervisor, technology and security staff, athletic trainers, physical therapists and certain administrative staff, said Don O'Day, the board's chairman.

Last year, both Landon and the non-union employees received no pay increases. At the time, Landon signed a 3-year contract extension, which gave him $276,720 for the current school year.

This pay increase will bring Landon's salary to more than $282,000 for the 2010-11 school year.

Citing the administration's many tough decisions this past year regarding budget issues, O'Day called Landon's performance over the past year "rather exceptional."

Along with James Marpe, Michael McGovern and Faith Taylor, he voted for the salary increase. Board members Mark Mathias, Sandy DeFelice and Elaine Whitney voted against the motion.

DeFelice called it a tough decision that left her with "many sleepless nights and soul searching."

"There isn't enough money we could be giving you," she said, "and I want to say that I'm in awe of what you do. But I'm concerned about the future, and while this is a small amount of money, I'm going to vote against it."