Education leader Blomstedt gets raise, extension

Matthew Blomstedt

Members of the Nebraska Board of Education on Friday unanimously approved a $10,725 pay raise for Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt.

Blomstedt's annual salary increases 5.1 percent from $210,000 to $220,725. Board members also extended his three-year contract by one year to Jan. 1, 2019.

There was no change in benefits.

Board member Molly O'Holleran said the pay raise reflects the board's "wholehearted" support of Blomstedt's work.

He spent much of last year on the rollout of the state's new school accountability system, known as AQuESTT: Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow.

The system, mandated by state lawmakers, classifies schools as excellent, great, good and needing improvement. It provides for the state to intervene in three low-performing schools.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1077, joe.dejka@owh.com

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