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General Assembly Confirms Easley School Board Appointment

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The state House and Senate confirmed threeappointments made by Gov. Mike Easley to the state Board ofEducation.

The board supervises and administers the public school system,as well as the funds provided for its support.

The confirmation means that Kathy Taft, John A. Tate III and Robert Thomas Speed will begin eight-year terms on the13-member panel.

Taft and Tate are current board members, while Speed is a newappointee.

Speed is a Boone lawyer who has practiced in the state since1983.

Taft lives in Greenville and is a part-time instructor with thehealth education department at East Carolina University. Tate is aCharlotte resident and senior vice president at Wachovia Bank.