Chatfield High School principal, athletic director on administrative leave

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Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 26, 2021

LITTLETON, Colo. — The principal and athletic director at Chatfield High School are on administrative leave due to allegations of failing to follow district safety protocols, according to a Jeffco Public Schools official.

The district sent a letter to parents informing them it had placed Principal Chad Broer and Athletic Director Craig Aukland on administrative leave while the Jeffco Legal Services Department investigates the allegations.

The letter and Jeffco schools officials did not elaborate on what the allegations entailed.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirmed it conducted an investigation and issued a summons Friday to Aukland for a charge of failure to report. As the athletic director, Aukland is a mandatory reporter and the sheriff's office said the statute specifically applies for mandatory reporters who fail to report.

The sheriff's office said it could not release further details because of the involvement of juveniles in the case.

During the ongoing investigation, Jim Ellis will serve as interim principal. He previously served as principal at Chatfield High School from 1999-2004, and later retired after leading Ralston Valley High School in 2013.

The district hasn't named an interim athletic director.

Editor's note: This story was updated Aug. 27 at 8:45 p.m. with details on the summons for Aukland from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.