Wake Ed

Wake County’s new chief schools spokesman starts work

Tim Simmons officially starts his job today, March 10, as the Wake County school system’s new chief of communications.

School officials said Simmons will receive a salary of $121,440 to be the main spokesman for North Carolina’s largest school system. Previously, he was vice president of communications for the Wake Education Partnership. Before that, he was a longtime education reporter and later editor at The News & Observer.

The district also released the new salary for Marvin Connelly, who was appointed in December to be chief of staff and strategic planning. His salary is $136,377.

Previously, Connelly was Wake’s assistant superintendent for student support services.