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School board to meet for first time since longtime principal retires

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Longtime Washington High School principal Dr. Ralph Plagman talks with KWWL. Longtime Washington High School principal Dr. Ralph Plagman talks with KWWL.
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids school board will meet for the first time tonight since longtime principal Dr. Ralph Plagman retired.

Plagman says the Cedar Rapids School District asked him to retire, after nearly 50 years with the district.

The retirement announcement sparked multiple rallies at Washington High School last week.

The announcement comes in the midst of a sex scandal surrounding the high school involving former substitute teacher Mary Beth Haglin, and a high school student.

Haglin was fired from Washington High School in May because of allegations of a relationship with a student, but was able to continue teaching in the Cedar Rapids School District at Harrison Elementary.

The Cedar Rapids School District says a miscommunication with Grant Wood Area Education Agency or AEA lead to Haglin not being removed from the substitute teacher database.

Haglin has since been removed from the system.

Haglin turned herself in last month and is now facing a sexual exploitation charge.

Dr. Plagman told KWWL in an interview last week that initial accusations against Haglin surfaced in February, but an internal investigation lead them to believe the wrong people.

In May, Plagman says the school received more information and an investigation was done involving the Cedar Rapids School District.

We have been working to get more information from the Cedar Rapids School District, so far they have declined all of our interview request.

The school board will meet at 4:30 p.m. in a closed session with the District Legal Council.

At 5:30 p.m. the regular school board meeting with begin, it is open to the public.

Below are the complete public statements provided by Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck and Board of Education President Jon Laverty. 

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