Almost three years into the $367 million bond program approved by voters in May 2013, the Clear Creek ISD Facilities Services Department has announced that more than 50% of the projects are complete. “Considering the rainy weather we’ve experienced and the limited contractors available due to a booming Houston construction market, we are pleased to have completed 23 of the 40 projects on our timeline,” said Deputy Superintendent Paul McLarty. “Our project managers and Facilities Services Director are doing a great job making sure contractors are meeting deadlines and producing quality work.
The scope of the repair and maintenance projects that are finished range from replacing heating and air conditioning systems to new roofs and alarm systems. Work has been completed at 12 elementary schools including Armand Bayou Elementary, Bay Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Ferguson Elementary and Greene Elementary School. The largest bond construction project on an elementary campus is the new McWhirter Elementary School. The $30 million project includes a design that groups classrooms by grade level with common learning areas where students can collaborate and share their work with the school community. Staff and students are expected to move into the new campus in late January 2016.
Highlights of the major renovation of Seabrook Intermediate School, which is complete, include a new addition that houses seven general classrooms, three science rooms, a food lab, and an art room to accommodate enrollment growth. The library and cafeteria were also expanded and a new stage was installed. Student lockers were refurbished as part of the renovation, the roof was replaced and the parking lot was improved and reconfigured to improve student and traffic safety. In November, community members and members the Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee toured the campus. Repair and maintenance projects have been completed at Clear Creek Intermediate, Clear Lake Intermediate and Creekside Intermediate.
A major rebuild is underway at Clear Lake High School with completion not expected until November 2018. The $104 million project includes plans that connect the existing Krueger Field House to the main campus and moves the main entrance to the corner of Bay Area Boulevard and Krueger Way. An S-like main corridor is being built to connect existing science labs and the two story comprehensive high school. At Clear Creek High School work is underway to replace a 1956 section of facility with a new Career and Technical Education wing, fine arts area as well as a new locker room and a third gym. Clear Brook High School is also under construction. The project includes a new school entry, secure vestibule and enclosed front courtyard, additional classrooms and lab space, as well as administrative space. Renovation work is underway on the auditorium. The school library and the Special Education wing have also been updated.
The CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium is nearing completion as well. The 10,000 seat stadium features a field house complete with a community events room, a multi-level press box with film deck and student operated media and control room. A rainy spring and summer delayed the new stadium, but it is now on track to open in the spring of 2016.