New Lexington-Richland 5 superintendent Stephen Hefner plans to stay on the job through spring 2015.
A plan giving him the role was approved by school board members Monday.
Hefner will be paid $186,000 per year initially, along with an annuity and car allowance.
He oversees 16,400 students in classrooms in Irmo, Chapin and Dutch Fork.
Hefner, 62, took the post in January on a trial basis. Before that, he was superintendent in Richland 2 before a brief retirement.