DRACUT -- Englesby Elementary School Principal Andrew Allen resigned from his position Tuesday for personal reasons, effective immediately. He had previously been placed on paid administrative leave pending review of an undisclosed personnel matter.

"The matter that has caused me to place him on administrative leave had nothing to do with children in anyway," Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone said Thursday evening, a statement he had already shared with The Sun.

The Sun has learned through numerous sources that Allen allegedly inappropriately touched a female colleague.

Debbie Koniowka, who spent seven years as principal of the Campbell Elementary School before her retirement three years ago, was brought in by Stone to run the school after Allen was placed on administrative leave.

Stone announced Allen's resignation in a letter to parents and the Englesby community, with some details about moving forward. In the Feb. 14 letter obtained by The Sun, the superintendent said he has appointed David Hill, former principal of the Greenmont Avenue Elementary School in Dracut who served as principal there from 2005 to 2012 to take over for Allen.

"He is well acquainted with the Englesby, and as the curriculum leader in the district, is best positioned to ensure that the academic and social life of the school moves forward without interruption," Stone's letter states. "I anticipate that Mr. Hill will lead the Englesby until the end of the current school year.


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Stone said Thursday that conversations have begun about the timeline of the search for a new permanent principal.

"We will start that search soon," he said. "I expect to have a leader in place on or about July 1."

According to his LinkedIn profile, Allen is an adjunct professor at Salem State University and previously served as assistant principal for Horace Mann Laboratory School.

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