Mathews, Aldridge named to new posts

Published 3:14 pm Monday, May 16, 2011

Roy Mathews

Decatur County School Superintendent Fred Rayfield confirmed two major personnel moves on Monday.

Roy Mathews, currently the director of the Bainbridge High School Performance Learning Center, will be the new principal of Hutto Middle School for the 2011-2012 school year. Hutto is home to all of the county schools’ fifth grade and sixth grade students.

Dr. April Aldridge

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In addition, Dr. April Aldridge, assistant principal at John Johnson Elementary School, has been named the new Title 1 (federal programs) director for Decatur County Schools.

Both appointments take effect on July 1, Rayfield said.

Mathews will succeed former Hutto principal Steven Dupree, who was relieved from his position in late February and put on paid administrative leave for the remainder of the current school year.

Florence Harrell, the longtime principal of now-closed Lillian E. Williams Elementary, had been serving as interim principal at Hutto since Dupree left. She will stay on as assistant principal under Mathews.

Aldridge will succeed longtime Title 1 Director Bobby Trawick, who retired last year.

The Decatur County Board of Education has posted job listings for both JJE assistant principal and PLC director on its official Web site,, under the “Human Resources” link.

About Mathews

Mathews became PLC academic coordinator in Fall 2007 after the untimely passing of his predecessor, John G. Hinson. Mathews was later promoted to the role of PLC director. Before that, Mathews had been a learning facilitator at the PLC. He is a former football and wrestling coach for BHS. He was a 2011 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Decatur County program.

About Aldridge

According to a biography posted on John Johnson’s Web site, Aldridge is an alumnus of Mercer University, where she received her initial teaching certification in Early Childhood Education, as well as a double major in Spanish. She obtained her Masters and Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership from Georgia College State and University. She has an Educational Doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.