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UPDATE: More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition, calling on the Cedar Rapids School District to bring him back after he stepped down.

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The principal of Cedar Rapids Washington High School announced his retirement today. 

Dr. Ralph Plagman was asked by the Cedar Rapids School District to step down from his position and he agreed. 

Plagman announced his retirement to parents in an email, where he referred to the recent incident that involved a substitute teacher at the end of the 2016 school year. 

"I have been advised by professionals with particular expertise in school law that I have done nothing unprofessional, unethical, or illegal in the matter involving a substitute teacher’s inappropriate conduct with a student," said Plagman.  "There has been significant media coverage regarding this matter, and I wish to comment briefly on it."

Plagman has been working for 49 years in the Cedar Rapids School District, and was the principal at Washington High School for 35 years. 

Read the full email here: 

Dear Washington Community,

I wish to announce my retirement from my position as Principal at Washington High School effective August 3, 2016.  Although I had intended to continue in this position for the 2016-2017 school year, the Cedar Rapids Community School District has asked me to step down from this position, and I have agreed to do so.

I have been advised by professionals with particular expertise in school law that I have done nothing unprofessional, unethical, or illegal in the matter involving a substitute teacher’s inappropriate conduct with a student.  There has been significant media coverage regarding this matter, and I wish to comment briefly on it.  When I first learned about suspected inappropriate conduct in February, I did my best to perform a prompt and thorough investigation, and to make decisions based on the available information.  When additional information surfaced in May, I worked with school district administration to again take prudent action.    Due to the ongoing nature of this matter it would be inappropriate to respond further.

The safety and best interests of all students and staff members have always been my top priority, and I have never, in my 49-year career with the District, done anything to jeopardize that.  As much as I love my job, I cannot continue without the support of the district.

I love Washington High School, where I have been principal for 35 years and one month, and all of the thousands of students, staff members, and parents whom I have been blessed to know and serve over all of those years.  It has been tremendous honor and joy!  I also have wonderful memories of my earlier years at Kennedy High School and Metro High School.  In my retirement I will continue to be the #1 fan of the Washington Warriors! 

All the best to all of you!

DP

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