Education Commissioner Gets 3-Year Contract

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A three-year contract approved Wednesday for Nebraska Education Commissioner Doug Christensen will end with him earning at lease $155,000 in 2006.

He currently is paid $125,000 a year. That does not include benefits.

The Board of Education approved his new contract on a 7-to-0 vote. Board member Rachel Bone of La Vista was absent.

Christensen will earn $135,000 as of July 1st, $145,000 the following year, and $155,000 the final year.

The contract allows for his salary to be increased even more each year if the board decides to do that. The board can also decide annually to extend the contract for another year.

Board president Fred Meyer of St. Paul says Christensen can be credited for helping to improve the quality of schools in Nebraska and that the board is pleased with his work.

The 61-year-old Christensen has been commissioner since December 1994.