The Lee County Board of Education voted 5-2 Tuesday night to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. Andy Bryan by one year.

The vote came after a closed session which lasted nearly two hours. Republicans Pam Sutton and Sherry Womack voted against the extension, while Republicans Sandra Bowen and Christine Hilliard and Democrats Pat McCracken, Patrick Kelly and Lynn Smith voted in favor. Smith made the motion to extend the contract, and Kelly seconded.

Bryan’s contract was set to expire at the end of June. Board members made no comment about the extension and adjourned immediately following the vote.

Earlier in the meeting, the board voted unanimously to return high school students to in person instruction four days per week.