Windsor Middle School principal arrested, placed on administrative leave

4:15 PM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Eric Johnson was named acting principal in his absence.

The announcement came after Englert's arrest Thursday for what Windsor Police Sgt. Rick Klinek called a "domestic violence dispute." Court records show Englert was arrested on suspicion of assault/causing injury with a deadly weapon, child abuse (no injury), harassment and domestic violence.

Klinek said Englert's son was present during the incident. Klinek also said the incident occurred at Englert's home and had "nothing to do with the school." Court records show Englert was released on personal recognizance.

Weld Re-4 Superintendent Karen Trusler declined to discuss the situation because it is a "personnel issue."

Johnson posted a letter to the WMS website Monday morning.

"While this sudden and unexpected change of leadership is sure to raise many emotions, questions or possible concerns for our entire school and the community which it serves, I want to assure you that our staff, district leadership and myself are resolved to maintaining the highest standards of educational excellence for which this district, and Windsor Middles School specifically, have become known," Johnson wrote.

Englert, 56, has worked at WMS since 1994 and is known around town as "Mr. E."

"I am actually just shocked," said Elisa Haworth, who had two children go through Windsor Middle School. "I think there would have to be some sort of, I don't know, story behind it or something because there is no way Mr. E would do anything that wasn't in the best interest of a child, the student body or the community."

Haworth served on the PTA for five years and called Englert an "amazing man" and "a pillar in the community."

"... He's completely dedicated to the school, to the community. I don't know, I just don't believe he could have done something to hurt a kid," Haworth said. "Everybody knows Mr. E. Everybody loves Mr. E."

"Everybody's innocent until proven guilty," she added. "And I would be flabbergasted if he was guilty of doing anything against a child."

Most Weld County offices are closed for Veterans Day, so additional details about the case will not be available until Tuesday.

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