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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 12:01 am / Updated at 8:12 pm
Top education official to get raise

Nebraska's top education official will get a 2 percent pay raise next year.

At a meeting this month, members of the Nebraska Board of Education approved the raise for Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed, who has held the post since March 2009.

His salary will go to $211,650 from $207,500 on July 1.

Board President Jim Scheer said the pay hike, Breed's first since taking the job, recognizes his performance and keeps the salary for the position competitive.

“I would ask you to go anywhere in the state of Nebraska and show me any superintendent — and that's what he was, the ranks he came out of — anyone in that profession who was limited to a 2 percent raise in the last five years,” Scheer said.

“The guy was frozen since the day he walked in, and I think he's done a great job.”

Breed formerly worked as superintendent of the Elkhorn Public Schools.

The commissioner of education is the executive officer of the State Board of Education. The commissioner also is the administrative head of the professional, technical and clerical staff of the State Department of Education.

The commissioner acts under the authority of the board, implementing state education laws and board policies.

Breed's total compensation, including health and life insurance, retirement, car allowance and other benefits, comes to about $256,000.

His compensation compares favorably with his counterparts in Iowa and Kansas.

In Iowa, the estimated salary and benefits for the director of the Iowa Department of Education, Jason Glass, is $176,740, according to department spokeswoman Staci Hupp.

Kansas Commissioner of Education Diane DeBacker receives a $170,000 salary plus benefits available to most full-time state employees, according to education department spokeswoman Kathy Toelkes.

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