BOSTON (AP) – The state Board of Education has approved a $206,000 annual salary for the state’s new Education Commissioner.

The board appointed Mitchell Chester last month and approved his salary at a meeting on Tuesday.

Chester will start his new job on May 19.

Chester comes to Massachusetts from Ohio, where he is senior associate state superintendent.

Board of Education Chairman Paul Reville said the board is eager to welcome Chester, saying he has the right mix of national, state and local experience.

He said the board has already been working with Chester to bring him up to speed on key state issues.

Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Nellhaus will continue serving as acting commissioner until Chester takes over.

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