An 18-year veteran school administrator in Windsor was arrested on assault charges and has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The charges against Doug Englert, 56, are unrelated to his position as principal of Windsor Middle School or any of its students, said Windsor police Sgt. Rick Klimek, who is also a member of the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District Board of Education.
Klimek said Monday that Windsor police arrested Englert at his home on Thursday on charges of assault involving injury and child abuse. Klimek said there were no weapons involved, and Englert’s son, who was in the home at the time, was not injured.
Klimek said the victim was taken to the hospital and treated, but he did not know the extent of the injuries.
Karen Trusler, superintendent of the district, would only confirm Englert’s employment status, citing personnel matters. She named vice principal Eric Johnson acting principal.
“He is an experienced administrator, former teacher and coach,” Trusler said in a letter to parents sent home on Monday. “I am confident your Windsor Middle School child will continue to be provided a quality education in a safe and positive environment under Mr. Johnson’s supervision.”
Englert, who has been the school’s principal for his entire 18 years with the district, makes a base salary of $110,208, district officials said.
Parents of seventh-grade twin daughters, Jeff and Sheila Cook said they were both shocked and saddened.
“I volunteer at the school a lot, and he’s always been a good friend of mine,” Jeff Cook said. “Totally unexpected. That’s just too bad. ... I hope God’s in the middle of this. I just pray everything works out. His name will be dragged through the dirt. Bad things happen to good people.
“He was (a great principal). He was awesome. Real upbeat. He was good with the kids and got along with the teachers it seemed like.”
Englert’s position as a Colorado High School Athletic Association wrestling official is also at question.
Paul Angelico, commissioner of the CHSAA, said sports officials cannot have anything worse than a driving violation on their criminal record.
“We’ll have to see what comes of it,” Angelico said. “When something is in process it’s a gray line, but we highly recommend they turn back any game they have been scheduled for, and then we will reapproach it when it’s all over.”
Englert is out of jail on his own recognizance. It was not immediately known when he is due back in court or the terms of his release.