Washington High gets interim athletic director

Grant Schultz takes over in wake of teacher-student sex case errors

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Grant Schultz, the Cedar Rapids school district’s wellness and physical education facilitator, has been picked as Washington High’s interim athletic director.

Schultz will fill the position left vacant by Michael Johnson, who resigned Aug. 9 in the midst of a district investigation into Washington High administrators’ actions on long-term substitute teacher Mary Beth Haglin, 24.

Haglin is facing a charge of sexual exploitation for what police say is a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Washington student while she worked at the school from January to May.

Johnson, 57, was an associate principal at Washington for 21 years. District officials announced his new position as athletic director in February.

His interim replacement, Schultz, has worked in the district since 1996 and has coached both high-schoolers and middle-schoolers, according to a district news release. He has a master’s degree in recreation and sports administration from Western Kentucky University.

The ongoing district investigation also led to the departure of Ralph Plagman, who was principal at Washington for 35 years.

In an interview with The Gazette, Haglin named Johnson and Plagman as the administrators who investigated her conduct in February. That investigation, which lasted one day and did not follow policy, determined the rumors about Haglin and the student were unfounded.

A second investigation in May resulted in Haglin’s removal from the high school.

On Monday, district officials announced Carlos Grant, former Metro Alternative High principal, as Washington High’s interim principal for the 2016-2017 year.

Schultz, like Grant, is to immediately transition to his new position. Classes resume at Washington High on Tuesday.

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