The Alabama State Board of Education has offered Superintendent Tommy Bice a new two-year contract and a pay raise.
Al.com reports 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.