Kevin Braney
Kevin Braney
Boulder High Principal Kevin Braney, who was placed on paid leave after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, will return to work Tuesday, according to Boulder Valley School District officials.

His case was resolved when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for unlawfully tampering with property.

In a letter sent to parents Monday, district officials noted that they have completed their review and are "pleased to have Mr. Braney return." In the same letter, Braney offered an apology "for my personal life becoming part of the public conversation at Boulder High and in the community."

"I have always been extremely proud of our school and the talent of our students and faculty, and I am disappointed to have detracted from our excellence in any way over these last few weeks," he wrote in the letter.

He thanked the school community for its support, noting that he received encouraging letters, and promised to ensure that Boulder High has a successful conclusion to the year.

"As always, unseen benefits occur in everything, and your support has helped me move through and meet this unique challenge," he wrote.

He also said that he will be available to talk to students and parents from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school.

On March 6, Braney was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, child abuse and criminal mischief after his wife called police and told them he was yelling and throwing things in the house he shares with her and their children. The couple is divorcing, according to police reports.


Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett requested a special prosecutor be brought in to handle the domestic violence case because people in his office routinely worked with Braney in his capacity as principal. Jefferson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steven Jensen was appointed to handle the case.

At a hearing March 20, Braney pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second-degree criminal tampering. The charges of criminal mischief and child abuse were dismissed. Braney was given a 12-month deferred judgement and ordered to complete domestic violence treatment and have no contact with Andrea Braney.

Kevin Braney was hired as Boulder High's principal in July 2009.