WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional High School's principal announced last week that he was stepping down at the end of the school year.
Timothy Payne, who has been part of the administrative team since being appointed assistant principal in 2003, informed his staff on Friday that submitted his resignation effective June 30.
In a statement released to iBerkshires on Tuesday, Superintendent Rose Ellis described Payne as a "dedicated educator for 11 years in a number of significant roles."
Payne began at the school as a history teacher in 2001 after several years at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt. He was named co-principal of the high school in 2005 with Ellen Kaiser, principal of the middle school. Last year, after the administration was restructured, he was named principal of the high and middle schools and Christopher Barnes was hired as assistant princpal to share administrative responsibility for all grades.
"Mr. Payne has worked closely with the International Center for Leadership in Education planning professional
development opportunities for faculty and staff devoted to promoting the new 3 Rs at Mount Greylock — rigor, relevance and relationship building," said Ellis. "The school has undertaken a number of exciting initiatives in recent years and Mr. Payne leaves a committed staff and community ready to move into the future."
She said it would be "business as usual" through the end of the school year and that was confident Payne will continue to work with the staff and administrative team. Her statement thanked Payne for "his years of commitment to Mount Greylock and, on behalf of the school community, wishes him success in the years ahead.
The statement did not include any plans to replacing Payne.
Update: Payne was hired to be the new principal of Mount Anthony Union High School, the largest high school in Vermont.