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Joseph E. Lutjeharms, Nebraska's education commissioner, says he would like to retire next year and plans to ask the state board to release him from the three-year contract he renewed last year.

Mr. Lutjeharms has been the state's chief school officer since 1982.

The commissioner recently announced that he would ask the board, which appointed him to the post, to approve his retirement for March 1995.

Mr. Lutjeharms, 60, had worked in school districts in Washington state and Wyoming before joining the Nebraska education department in the late 1970's as a deputy commissioner of education.

Mr. Lutjeharms has yet to make a formal statement regarding his retirement.

A spokesman for the commissioner said Mr. Lutjeharms had expressed interest in other projects--including spending time with his grandchildren.

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