Two Chatfield High School administrators placed on administrative leave

Chatfield High School’s principal and athletic director were placed on paid administrative leave this month while they are under investigation for violating safety protocols.

Principal Chad Broer was placed on leave on Aug. 18 and Craig Aukland, the athletic director, was placed on leave on Tuesday, said Cameron Bell, a JeffCo Public Schools spokeswoman.

A letter to Chatfield families was distributed Tuesday night to inform them of the ongoing investigation into possible violations of the district’s safety protocols, she said.

Bell did not provide more details into the allegations, citing the ongoing investigation.

Jim Ellis, who served as Chatfield’s principal from 1999 to 2004, was named interim principal. He retired from Ralston Valley High School in 2013. No interim athletic director has been named, but the district is looking to name someone, the letter said.

The letter, signed by Superintendent Scott Allensworth and Chief of Schools Dan Cohan, said placing employees on administrative leave was routine for these investigations and reminded parents that an investigation is not an indication of wrongdoing.



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