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Handing out the 2012 Wake County school board committee assignments

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The return of Wake County school board standing committees begins this week.

School board chairman Kevin Hill has assigned the other eight board members to be a chair or vice chair of one committee and to serve on another committee. This comes after former school board chairman Ron Margiotta drew complaints when he assigned majority members to as many as five committees while putting Hill on only one committee.

All the committees have two Democrats and two Republicans. But Hill is an ex-officio member of all the committees so he could attend to break a tie.

Starting in district order, Chris Malone will resume the chairmanship of the facilities committee and also serve on the finance committee. The facilities committee will meet Wednesday and spend the next year working on a school construction program.

John Tedesco will be vice chairman of the student achievement committee and also serve on the policy committee. Tedesco will still head the economically disadvantaged student performance task force, but it will now be a part of the student achievement committee.

Board vice chairman Keith Sutton will resume chairing the finance committee and also serve on the student achievement committee.

Jim Martin will chair the policy committee and also serve on the facilities committee.

Christine Kushner will chair the student achievement committee and also serve on the policy committee.

Deborah Prickett will be vice chairwoman of the finance committee and also serve on the facilities committee.

Debra Goldman will be vice chairwoman of the policy committee and also serve on the student achievement committee.

Susan Evans will be vice chairwoman of the facilities committee and also serve on the finance committee.

The committee assignments officially only last until September. At that point, the board will revisit whether to continue the standing committees.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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