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Monument Mountain Regional High School principal announces resignation

(Record file photo) Douglas Wine.

GREAT BARRINGTON — Monument Mountain Regional High School’s principal is resigning, Berkshire Regional Hills School District Superintendent Peter Dillon confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Douglas Wine came on board as Monument Mountain Regional High School’s principal on July 1, 2018. In an email sent out to parents, Wine cited personal and medical issues as his reason for not being able to continue with the district.

“It is with sadness that I write this email to all of you. I accepted the job at Monument Mountain to move closer to my wife’s family in Connecticut and to anticipate my wife’s selling our house and joining me soon,” the email wrote. “In the past few months, a few personal and medical issues have arisen that have made her ability to move here and my ability to stay pretty unlikely.”

After returning back to Monument from spring break, Wine said it became clear that he and his wife need to be in New Mexico. Prior to his role in Great Barrington, Wine served as principal at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, Texas. His career in education spans nearly three decades in both public and private schools in Texas, New Mexico, Virginia and Georgia.

“There is such important work happening here that it has been a very difficult conclusion to finally come to, but I have decided I cannot return next year,” Wine wrote. “There will obviously be some transitional items to work through, and as we work through those, I am still working out graduation exercise details, evaluations, approvals, and budget items.

“Thank you for this year and the opportunities it has provided.”

Wine is expected to stay at least through graduation, but could possibly stay longer, said Dillon.

Wine replaced Amy Rex, who had accepted a superintendent position in Vermont after one year with Monument. Rex was recruited to take over for Marianne Young, who retired from Monument after 16 years with the school.

Though unsettling to have such turnover at the high school, Dillon said the staff had been doing well to manage the transition.

Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee Chair Steve Bannon agreed.

“We’re sorry to see Doug go,” said Bannon. “We will move ahead and do well with whoever we choose for next year.”

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