Under the Dome

Garner resident confirmed for state education board

A former Wake County school board member from Garner, Amy White, will serve a seven-year term on the State Board of Education. Legislators confirmed appointments of White and James Todd Chasteen of Watauga County on Thursday.

White was on the Wake school board from 2001-2005. For the last 11 years, she’s been running a non-profit called Community of Hope Ministries, which offers an after-school program, a food pantry, a summer camp, and other programs. She graduated from Wake Forest University, and taught high school in Forsyth County from 1991-1994.

Chasteen is corporate counsel at Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organization run by Franklin Graham. Chasteen graduated from James Madison University and has a law degree from the University of Florida. Before joining Samaritan’s Purse, he was a senior attorney adviser to a U.S. Tax Court judge.

White will replace Kevin Howell of Raleigh and Chasteen will fill a vacant seat.

Efforts to reach White Friday were unsuccessful.

She was nominated by Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate Joint Resolution 902, which is sponsored by Sen. Chad Barefoot, a republican in Wake County.

“I am honored to have introduced the resolution to confirm Amy Bannister White to serve on the State Board of Education and to have highlighted her long career of service to our community to my colleagues in the House and Senate,” Barefoot said in a news release. “I am confident that Amy will serve the Board and the students and parents of North Carolina well in her new role, and I look forward to working with her.”

Lynn Bonner: 919-829-4821, @Lynn_Bonner