The Rockland-area School Board gave Superintendent John McDonald a strong vote of confidence Thursday night, Nov. 16, by extending his contract for five years.

The Regional School Unit 13 Board voted unanimously at its meeting to extend McDonald's employment contract through June 2023. The contract was set to expire in June 2018.

"When you have something good, you want to keep it," Board Chair Steven Roberts said Friday. "He's been doing a great job."

Five years is the longest that a school board can extend a superintendent's contract.

McDonald was hired by RSU 13 in July 2014.

He had previously been assistant superintendent in Belfast, director of curriculum and instruction in Belfast, and prior to that, he was assistant principal at the Troy A. Howard Middle School in Belfast. He also had been principal of the Morse Memorial School in Brooks.

McDonald has led the effort to overhaul the district by consolidating schools, constructing a new pre-kindergarten-through-fifth grade school in Owls Head, expand the middle and high schools and implement new programs.