New spokesperson at State Department of Education

HARTFORD — The state Department of Education has a new spokesperson, effect Friday.

 Kelly Ann Donnelly, was introduced as the new director of communications by Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor. She will make $82,000 in the job.

Jim Polities, who held the role, will transition to direct community affairs in support of regional school choice programming.

 Pryor said the position was established as part of the agency’s strategic reorganization and approved by the State Board of Education in January 2012.

 Donnelly, is from Edison, New Jersey, and has served in a number of communications and campaign management roles, most recently as field coordinator for New York State Committeewoman Jo Anne Simon and as field director for Dignity 2012, a Massachusetts statewide ballot initiative in support of the Death with Dignity Act.


Linda Lambeck