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The North Collins Board of Education outlined district goals for residents at an open forum this week. Among top priorities is to develop a creative way to encourage a positive community relationship.

But that may not be easy.

Some residents say the board lost community support by letting personal issues cloud professional judgment.

The board recently drew harsh criticism for its decision not to renew Superintendent Jack Mann's contract. A group of concerned citizens was formed to oppose the board's action.

"This is not entirely about Mann," said Robert Turnbull, a former School Board member. "It's about the philosophy and motivation behind decisions because we are concerned with the management and leadership of this school system."

Board President Shannon Gawronski said residents' fears are unfounded and the district is still moving toward a bright future.

Gawronski said comments from residents who attended the forum Wednesday were positive and revolved around improved test scores and the district's solid financial footing.

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