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Numerous administrators leave Cedar Rapids School District

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Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent in the Cedar Rapids School District speaks with KWWL. Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent in the Cedar Rapids School District speaks with KWWL.

New details have emerged in our investigation of the Cedar Rapids School District after a second administrator was asked to step down within a week.

Former Cedar Rapids Washington High School Principal Dr. Ralph Plagman told KWWL in an interview last week that he was asked by the school district to retire.

"Certainly intended to work this year at the most one more, but the district felt like it was time to, for me to retire and so I accepted that," he said.

The Cedar Rapids School Board saying the opposite in a meeting on Monday night.

"The school board did not tell Ralph Plagman he had to retire, and resign, he was shown facts and he chose to retire given those facts," said John Laverty, Cedar Rapids School Board President.

Just yesterday, we were informed Associate Principal Mike Johnson has also retired from Washington High School.

After sifting through a number of board meeting documents, we found Plagman and Johnson were not the only administrators who left the Cedar Rapids School District in the last several months, in fact there have been 9 of them.

Brian Christoffersen was the Principal at Taylor Elementary, he resigned after ten years with the school.

Steve Goodall was the Principal at McKinley Middle School, he resigned after nearly five years with the school.

Amy Russell, the Principal at Harrison Elementary resigned after nearly four years at the school.

Nicole Rowland was the Assistant Principal at Wilson Middle School, she resigned after nearly two years at the school.

Dr. David Brown was the Associate Principal at Roosevelt Middle School, he resigned after nearly two years at the school.

Each of these resignations were effective on June 30th.

Brian Litts, the Associate Principal at McKinley Middle School retired after nearly 18 years.

Paul James, the Associate Principal at Washington High School retired after almost a decade.

Each of these retirements were effective on June 30th.

Most recently Dr. Ralph Plagman, the Principal at Washington High School retired last week, followed quickly by Associate Principal Mike Johnson.

With 9 school leaders gone within a matter of months, we took our questions to Dr. Brad Buck, who began as Superintendent of the Cedar Rapids School District last July.

"It's individual personnel issues I couldn't speak about any individual one, I would say, I would say people have left for a variety of reasons," Buck told us.

Jill Cirivello, the district HR Director also recently stepped down.

"I would just say that she retired," Buck says.

Dr. Buck tells us nearly all of the open positions have been filled at this point, with the exception of the most recent openings.

We took a look at documents from this same time last year, not a single principal or associate principal in the district resigned or retired.

We reached out to many of the administrators who have left to try and get answers, one told us that she left to spend more time with her son.

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