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DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) – The Dunkerton superintendent says the pending resignation of the junior-senior high school principal has nothing to do with a ministry group’s presentation that riled students and their parents.

Superintendent Jim Stanton told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that Mike Cooper has been planning his resignation for a long time. He says Cooper “simply wants to be a superintendent.”

Cooper will finish out the school year.

Cooper had recommended the district invite the Junkyard Prophet band. It’s part of an Annandale, Minn., nonprofit group You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, which promotes itself as a Christian ministry.

Discussions after the music performance turned into talks against abortion and homosexuality.

At a board meeting Tuesday night, Stanton read proposed reforms that included parental notification and more extensive review of potential performers.

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