House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he hopes to name a new member of the state Board of Education before it meets on Aug. 15-16.

The nine-member board that oversees the state’s public schools is one member short. The board met earlier this month with eight members.

Gunn said recently he has approached someone about serving and is “expecting a response soon.” If that person agrees to serve, he or she should be in place for the August meeting and participate as the board hires a new state superintendent of education later this year.

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