Foster, Bray officially take over at MHS

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on May 16, 2018 - 04:04 PM

The Mathews County School Board officially welcomed its new administrative team to Mathews High School and adopted the division’s amended 2018-2019 budget during Tuesday night’s meeting in the MHS media center.

Alexis Foster was named the high school’s principal, while Lee Anne Bray was appointed assistant principal. Both had been appointed to their posts on an interim basis back in February, following the resignation of principal Dr. Toni Childress.

“On behalf of the Mathews County School Board, it is a privilege to announce the next principal and assistant principal of Mathews High School—Alexis Foster and Lee Anne Bray,” school board chairman Linda Hodges said at the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting.

“As the chief leaders, mentors and educators of this high school and in the community, we look forward to your leadership here at MHS, to your demonstration of trustworthiness with the faculty, staff and students, your ability to be fair and consistent in your decision-making, and your building of relationships within these walls,” Hodges said.

A 1996 graduate of MHS, Foster returned to his alma mater in 2009 to serve as assistant principal under then-principal David Malechek. He continued to serve in that position under Albert Green and then Childress.

The appointments of Foster and Bray marks the first time the school’s two administrators are also MHS graduates; Bray graduated from the school in 1992.

Bray had been serving as the division’s gifted education coordinator prior to this most recent posting.

In other personnel matters, the board appointed Christine Wheeler to serve as the Thomas Hunter Middle School sixth grade science teacher for the coming year. The board also accepted the resignation of MHS science teacher Tina Hutcheson for the 2018-2019 school year. Jessica Sadler was appointed a special education teacher at MHS, replacing Zabrina Webster, who resigned. The board also approved the retirement of MHS special ed teacher assistant Vera Dotson. Volunteer coaching appointments were also approved for Macky Hall (soccer) and Madeline Brown (tennis).