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North Collins School Superintendent Jack Mann offered a construction update to School Board members during a work session Wednesday evening on the $15.9 million capital project under way.

"We are just a bit behind in the masonry," said Mann. "When one contractor gets behind, it's a trickle-down effect that pushes all of them back a bit."

Mann said he hopes the project will be near completion by the end of the year.

The work includes new classrooms in the high school, which was built in 1936, as well as expanded storage and improvements to accommodate disabled people.

On another issue, Mann suggested the board consider forming a committee to help hire a permanent elementary school principal.

He recommended the committee be made up of elementary school faculty, special-education and PTA representatives and one board member, with a permanent appointment to be made at the beginning of the year.

The principal position was filled just days before school started on Sept. 6 with an interim principal after Vincent George, who served the district for 23 years, decided to accept early retirement.

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