New school board member takes office today

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 12:00am

Nashville’s newest face on the school board takes office today.

Kay Simmons, appointed by Metro Council members in a resounding vote several weeks ago, will be officially sworn in at tonight's regular Board of Education meeting.

Simmons has worked for 35 years in various roles in public and private education locally. Her resume includes work as a special assistant to former Director of Schools Pedro Garcia, director of institutional advancement at Montgomery Bell Academy, director of development and interim headmaster at the University School of Nashville, and assistant dean for development at Vanderbilt Law School. As the first executive director for the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Simmons led the organization to raise $12 million in its first four years.

Click to view Simmons’ full resume, as well as the letter she wrote to Council members asking for their consideration.

Simmons takes over the seat vacated by Alan Coverstone, who stepped down recently to take an administrative job with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Simmons will serve until the next regularly scheduled election, slated for August of 2010. The winner of that election will complete the remaining two years of Coverstone’s original term.

Also at tonight’s school board meeting, Director of Schools Jesse Register is due to give a report on start-of-school-year staffing. The meeting starts at 5 p.m., and will be held at the Metro Nashville Public Schools central office, 2601 Bransford Ave. Visit for more information.