DUNKERTON, Iowa — A secondary school principal who recommended a controversial Minnesota ministry to a school assembly will tender his resignation Monday, the superintendent confirmed.

Nevertheless, the official district line is that his resignation is unrelated to that assembly.

Principal Mike Cooper, who oversees grades 7-12 in Dunkerton, did not want to comment on the situation until the meeting tonight.

But Superintendent Jim Stanton confirmed that the plan has been “something in the works” for nearly a month and is “not at all” related to Cooper’s role in the assembly.

“This has been something that has been coming for a long time,” Stanton said. “He simply wants to be a superintendent.”

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He acknowledged, however, that the timing of the announcement was suspect.

“Yeah,” he agreed. “I don’t know how you can get any worse.”

The ministry and touring band Junkyard Prophets, also known as You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, based out of Annandale, Minn., is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay hate group.

Cooper, a resident of North Liberty, will finish out the school year at Dunkerton, Stanton said.

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