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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.

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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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