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Article updated: 8/19/2013 4:19 PM

Classes begin at Carmel Catholic High

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When students at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein reported for the first day of classes Monday, they were greeted by a new principal.

Mark Ostap, formerly an assistant superintendent of administrative services in Antioch Elementary District 34, has taken the reins at the school. He replaced Lynn Strutzel this summer.


Part of his first day was spent handing out coffee to parents who dropped off their kids, a Carmel tradition.

A new fine arts center and an information commons area -- otherwise known as a school library -- were completed ahead of the 2013-14 term, too. The projects cost $6.2 million, officials said.

The information commons has particularly impressed students, Carmel spokeswoman Cailtin Monaghan said.

"I've heard a lot of them say this is what their older siblings' colleges are like," she said.

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