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The Philadelphia school board has given Superintendent Constance E. Clayton a new, four-year contract and a 40 percent pay increase.

Ms. Clayton's $100,000 annual salary will increase to $115,000 in the fall and by $12,500 in each of the next two years. The salary for the final year of her contract has not been determined.

Board members, who approved the contract by a 7-to-1 vote, praised the superintendent's leadership. But some city council members have complained that the contract will make it harder for the new mayor, who will be elected in November and who appoints the school board, to push for a change in superintendents.

Ms. Clayton has been superintendent in Philadelphia since 1983.

John A. Middleton has been named the new superintendent of the Columbus, Ohio, public schools.

Mr. Middleton, the first black to hold the post in the 65,000-student district, succeeds Ronald E. Etheridge, who announced his resignation last fall. Mr. Etheridge had been at odds with his school board, and narrowly avoided being removed from office last year.

Mr. Middleton, 45, was given a 41-month contract that runs through July 1994.

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