- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama State Board of Education has offered Superintendent Tommy Bice a new two-year contract and a pay raise.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/1kCgR9A ) the board voted 6-2 on Wednesday to offer Bice a new contract, which would call for his $200,000 salary to be increased to $250,000.

Bice’s existing contract expires in 2015 and says while two years may not be enough time to accomplish all of his goals, the state needs to keep moving toward a 90 percent graduation rate and other goals.

School board members Betty Peters and Stephanie Bell of Montgomery voted against the contract. Bell noted Alabama’s 50th-place ranking on the National Assessment of Education Progress in eighth grade math.

Bice says the ranking is unacceptable, but he expects students to show improvements during tests this fall.

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