Betsy Bridges, who has served as principal at SanLee Middle School since 2013, was named the new principal of Lee County High School Thursday night.

The move was one of several announced at a special called meeting of the Lee County Board of Education. Bridges, a 29 year veteran of public education, began her career as a teacher at the elementary level and served as Lee County Schools’ reading coach and intervention specialist before moving into administration in 2012. Bridges will take over from interim LCHS principal Principal Greg Batten, who has led the school since the retirement of Principal Steven Ross in 2020.

SanLee Assistant Principal Evan Roush will move into Bridges’ position there. Roush joined the administration at SanLee Middle in 2017 and began his career in education as an elementary teacher in 2005. In 2012, he moved into school administration and served as an assistant principal at two elementary schools in Cumberland County.

“These administrative changes support the district’s goal of continued academic improvement,” said Lee County Superintendent Dr. Andy Bryan. “Betsy Bridges brings a proven track record of strong leadership that includes collaborative and supportive relationships, effective communication and high academic expectations, all of which build on Lee County High School’s previous success and moving the school to the next level of excellence.”

Bridges and Roush will begin in their new roles on Monday.

Lee County Schools’ administration also announced Thursday that that Sarah Maye, an administrative intern at East Lee Middle School, will step into an assistant principal position at that school. Prior to entering administration, she taught eighth-grade social studies at SanLee Middle School, joining the school’s staff in 2016.

Also, Christina Reed, an educator with more than 21 years of experience, will join the administration at SanLee Middle School as an assistant principal. She has taught sixth-grade math and science at SanLee Middle since 2012 and also served as an administrative intern at the school.

Maye and Reed will assume their new roles on on July 1.