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LIMA – After five years leading Lima Central Catholic High School, Principal Richard Mitterholzer announced Wednesday he won’t return next school year.“I am really proud to have been part of LCC for the past five years. As a school we have achieved a number of important goals and are moving in a positive direction,” he said.“At this time I am unable to make a long-term commitment that would benefit LCC, and it seems like the right time to find someone who can make the long-term commitment.”Mitterholzer informed LCC parents of his decision Wednesday. His will remain at the school until his contract expires June 30.Mitterholzer, 59, said he committed to five years when the board hired him in 2006, but is unable to commit to another five years for various reasons.“I don’t know what the future might hold,” he said. “They [board members] are looking for someone who can commit long-term.”The board hired Mitterholzer in June 2006, replacing the Rev. Todd Dominique. Mitterholzer had spent nearly 30 years at Bluffton schools, including serving as middle school principal and high school administrator and assistant principal. He had also been athletic director and boys basketball coach.Mitterholzer, and his wife, Karen, still live in Bluffton and plan to remain. He doesn’t know what he will do next. He came out of retirement to take the LCC job.Mitterholzer said he is proud of many accomplishments at LCC, including academics and addressing some building needs. He said there is no one accomplishment he can point to.“I’m very proud of where the school has come from when I started to where it has ended up so far,” he said.In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, Mitterholzer thanked the LCC community for its support and encouragement during his time at the school.“I will really miss my daily contact with the students,” he said. “The young people who pass through our halls have been a source of both pride and joy.”You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

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