Wake schools' communications chief resigns

Staff writerAugust 15, 2011 

— Michael Evans, the man who has been the public face of the Wake County school system for the last nine years, has resigned.

Evans, Wake's chief communications officer, resigned Friday and will be on paid leave through Sept. 16, according to Greg Thomas, a Wake schools' spokesman. No reason was given for the resignation. Evans could not be immediately reached for comment.

Evans, who was hired by the school system in August 2002, has a salary of $126,148. No decision has been announced yet on who will permanently replace Evans.

Evans' wife, Teresa, was also reassigned from being Superintendent Tony Tata's executive assistant to another job in the school system.

Evans becames the latest member of Tata's leadership team to resign since he started Jan. 31. Donna Hargens, who had been Wake's chief academic officer, left Aug. 1 to become superintendent of the Jefferson County school system in Kentucky.

Tata is in the midst of a reorganization of his leadership team. Among the change is that will he will have new people in charge of academics and student assignment, two of the school district's most challenging issues.

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