Monument High Principal Douglas Wine to leave after one year for personal reasons

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Calling his decision difficult, Douglas Wine announced Tuesday that he is leaving his job as principal of Monument Mountain Regional High School after his first year, citing an inability for his wife to move here to join him.

"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," he wrote in an email sent out to school families. "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."

Wine said it became clear this spring that he and his wife need to live in New Mexico, where he had previously worked as an educator, and where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Wine, who could not be reached Tuesday, arrived last year from Texas to replace Amy Rex who, also after one year as principal here, returned to Vermont for a superintendent position. Rex had replaced longtime principal Marianne Young, who retired.

A longtime educator, Wine was previously principal of the Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas.

Wine's salary at Monument was $125,000. Upon his hiring, Berkshire Hills Regional School District Superintendent Peter Dillon said his range of experience and clear thinking would build on Monument's strengths.

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"We appreciate his leadership and we're going to miss him," Dillon said Tuesday. "He had a lot of good ideas — that's the loss."

Wine and staff at Monument have, over the last year, worked to move forward with innovations that include accentuating vocational and career education.

On Tuesday, Dillon said teachers and other staff will continue that work.

"There's all this great stuff going on, and a really thoughtful staff there to carry that out," Dillon said.

He also said he would announce a plan "from a staffing perspective."

"We're going to work really hard to insure stability in the building," he added.

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.


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