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Dorhout switching places, changing roles

Middle school principal leaving H-M-S after 17 years

Mark Dorhout is stepping out from behind the principal's desk and moving back in front of the classroom.

The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School principal is leaving the school district when his contract expires June 30. Dorhout has led the junior high since 2004, which is a long time for someone in that role.

"To be in one district as middle school principal for 17 years is not typical," he said. "I feel like it's my calling to be with middle schoolers. Yes, they're going through a ton of difficult times, but it just works for me."

Dorhout has accepted a position teaching junior high science...