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Dracut Principal Placed On Paid Leave

Feb 08, 2017 02:40PM ● By Bill Gilman

Englesby Principal Andrew Allen has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Dracut School Department officials are remaining tight-lipped over the reasons Englesby Elementary School Principal Andrew Allen on paid administrative leave.

According to an article published by the Lowell Sun, Superintendent Steven Stone confirmed Allen had been placed on leave pending a review of personnel matter. The nature of the personnel matter was not revealed.

According to School Committee member Allison Volpe, the issue was brought to the committee's attention by Stone.

"As soon as the matter arose, the superintendent informed the School Committee as is his practice for all school matters," said Volpe. "All I can add is that this is a personnel matter that is being handled appropriately by Superintendent Stone. As always, the students are the district's priority and daily school operations are not being impacted."
According to Stone, former Campbell School Principal Debbie Koniowka has come out of her two-year retirement to serve as interim principal for Englesby while the review is ongoing.
Stone told The Sun that the issue being reviewed had nothing to do with any of the students at Englesby or any other Dracut schools. 
According to the report, Interim Police Chief Neil Ouellette said his department is not investigating Allen for any criminal wrongdoing.
Allen, who lives in Danvers, has served as principal at Englesby since July 2014, succeeding Maria McGuinness.
Before coming to Dracut, Allen worked as assistant principal at the Horace Mann Laboratory School in Salem. He also works as an adjunct professor at Salem State University.

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