The Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District board approved the resignation and retirement of Windsor Middle School principal Doug Englert at its board meeting Monday night.
Englert, the principal at the middle school since 1994 and the school district’s longest tenured principal, was arrested Nov. 8 on suspicion of punching his wife during an argument that allegedly took place two days earlier.
Englert was placed on paid administrative leave following the arrest. As a result of his resignation and retirement, effective Monday, Englert is no longer being paid by the school district. Englert made a base salary of $110,208. Before coming to Windsor, Englert was the assistant principal at Fort Lupton Middle School.
Englert, 56, faces one count of second-degree assault, a felony, and one count of harassment, a misdemeanor. Both charges are designated as domestic-violence related.
An arrest affidavit states that Englert is accused of punching his wife three times in the abdomen during an altercation in their Windsor home, leaving her with a broken rib. Police say the couple’s son was in the home at the time, but he was not injured.
Englert’s wife told police he has been physically abusive before, according to the affidavit. She said the two were arguing about who was supposed to pick up their son from a friend’s house. She said she punched Englert when he became aggressive and shoved her against the wall in the laundry room, and then he punched her three times.
When police arrested Englert, he told them he had punched her, but only because she had hit him first. Police had asked him if he punched her out of self defense, and he told them he didn’t know.
Englert’s next scheduled court date is Tuesday at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley. He is released on bond.
Re-4 superintendent Karen Trusler said Eric Johnson, who was Windsor Middle School’s assistant principal before Englert’s arrest, will continue as principal at the school. Dick Thomas, who was an assistant principal at Windsor High School but was transferred to the middle school to fill Johnson’s slot, will continue as interim assistant principal through the remainder of the 2012-13 school year, Trusler said.