2017 Bond Progress Update: Sept. 2018

2017 Bond Progress Update: Sept. 2018
Posted on 09/04/2018
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Quarterly Update: September 2018
Message To Our Community
 
Welcome to a new school year and a full slate of exciting projects to improve the learning environment for our 42,000 students. We certainly appreciate your patience as you navigate around construction cones and hall detours at many of our schools. We promise the slight inconvenience will lead to great progress. 

The 2017 Bond Program is in full gear with 41 percent of the $487 million bond projects under contract and underway. Brookside Intermediate's new Science Magnet program opened in August. The bond funds are paving the way for additional science labs and classrooms. In the spring we broke ground on two elementary schools and wrapped up the 2013 Bond Program with the unveiling of the new Clear Lake High School. 

School safety is top of mind for everyone. The 2017 Bond Program supports many safety initiatives such as improved surveillance equipment, intrusion detection alarms, and access control systems.

As stewards of your tax dollars, it is also important that we share that all bond projects to date are under budget and on time. In fact, since the May 2017 election, Clear Creek ISD has accumulated more than $30 million in savings based on what was initially projected with inflation. This, coupled with a steady increase in property value growth, means we have not had to increase your tax rate to pay for the bonds to date.

As we recognize the one year anniversary of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, many of our flood-related projects have also been completed, but not yet reimbursed by FEMA. As homeowners who may have been affected as well, you can understand that this is a lengthy process. However, due to strong fiscal management, we have made the necessary repairs.
 
We hope you enjoy this quarterly update where we will keep you posted on the 2017 Bond Program progress as well as the finalization of projects from the 2013 Bond Program.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Clear Creek Independent School District Office of Communications at 281-284-0020 or by email at information@ccisd.net. 
 
On behalf of the 42,000 children and 5,000 employees of CCISD, thank you for your continued support of your local schools.
Page Rander
CCISD School Board President
Dr. Greg Smith
CCISD Superintendent of Schools
Construction Timeline Up Close
The 2017 Bond Program is well underway and many projects are nearing completion.  
Brookside Expansion Progress and Recovery Repairs

On the first day of school, Brookside Intermediate students were greeted at the doors with what looks to be a brand new school. 

In May 2017, the community supported $10.3 million in funding to expand the school so that it can be the second site for the highly popular Science Magnet program. The expansion includes six new classrooms and four science labs. The allocated funds also paid for the expansion and renovation of the fine arts area.
The expansion of the Science Magnet program has broadened the learning opportunities offered to students across CCISD. Due to space limitations, the District historically denied more than 200 applications annually for the Science Magnet program at Seabrook Intermediate. The August 2018 launch of the Science Magnet at Brookside Intermediate is for 6th grade students only, with the subsequent years adding a grade level.
Brookside Intermediate was one of the hardest hit schools in CCISD during Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey in August 2017. Construction on the school expansion coincided with the major repairs from the storm. The school has been repainted, and all floors, casework and doors have been replaced. 
League City Elementary Rebuild Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for the League City Elementary rebuild project was held on May 30, 2018. Clear Creek ISD revised its phasing plans for the school, which allows students to get into the new building one year earlier than planned.

League City Elementary staff and students were moved to a temporary site in January 2018 so the demolition and construction of the new building could begin. Based on the updated plan, the new League City Elementary will open in August 2019. 

The team has started to pour slab onto the new site. Construction is moving along as scheduled.

Campbell Elementary Groundbreaking
On April 18, district leaders, city officials, business partners, community members and future students gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Florence Campbell Elementary, CCISD's 27th elementary school. Florence McMahan Campbell, a longtime educator within the District, was the mother of Travis Campbell. Mr. Campbell donated the land to be used for an elementary school. 

The purpose of this new campus is to address the overcrowding conditions down the road at Hall Elementary and throughout the western part of League City. Along with the new Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing building, some of the other features of this 1,000-student capacity elementary school include designated collaborative and creative spaces for each grade level and an expanded stacking lane for vehicles in an effort to move cars off the main thoroughfares.

The project is on schedule with the anticipated opening in August 2019.
Stewart Elementary
Expansions for a Growing District
The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the permanent addition designs for several CCISD schools to accommodate student enrollment growth as well as participation in specialized programs such as the sciences and the arts. 

Stewart Elementary in Kemah received $18.95 million to add 18 classrooms and remove portables, install additional parking, and renovate existing areas. When completed, Stewart Elementary will be able to accommodate more than 900 students. Additional parking has been installed, and crews are now busy working on the pod additions to each grade as well as the new Pre-K wing. Slabs for each of these, minus the Pre-K wing, have been completed. The project is on schedule for an August 2019 completion. View More Plans for Stewart Elementary

Clear Lake Intermediate
Work started on the $9.8 million project for Clear Lake Intermediate in July 2018, which includes eight classrooms, two science labs, and the removal of existing portable buildings. Four of the portables have been temporarily relocated to allow room for construction.

This project will be completed next summer.


Upgrades and Repairs
High Schools

C&D Electric completed the electrical portion of the new natatorium swim timing systems at Clear Springs High School and Clear Brook High School. Daktronics began installing the new digital swim timing display at Clear Springs High School. Installers encountered a few challenges removing the existing board as well as mounting the board brackets. The installation schedule has been pushed back a day at each high school campus because of these minor challenges, however, all work will be done by the end of this month.

Clear Springs High School is on schedule to have its tennis courts resurfaced after the team tennis season is over. Clear Creek High School and Clear Brook High School are in the middle of having their track resurfaced. Work will be completed in mid-September. The track at Clear Falls High School has been re-coated.


League City Intermediate
Intermediate Schools

All the carpet and flooring in League City Intermediate and Space Center Intermediate have been replaced. Space Center Intermediate was fully repainted this summer. Work is still being completed at both campuses for the fine arts additions. They are projected to be completed within the next few months. 

The roof replacements at Westbrook Intermediate and League City Intermediate were also completed this summer.


Elementary Schools

Clear Lake City Elementary is the first of several elementary schools to receive a major renovation. The 1960's school was allotted $16 million in updates so that the school can be brought up to today's learning standards such as additional room for students to collaborate and create by grade level, a new library addition as well as new flooring, casework, and restrooms. Essentially, this is a major renovation to this hallmark campus. The project is on schedule and under budget. Actual 
construction will begin in September 2018, with completion anticipated in August 2019. See 
Armand Bayou Elementary

Construction is nearing completion at Armand Bayou
 Elementary. The primary focus of the work was a new addition that will improve the security of the campus and the practical operation of the facility. In addition to improved security, the relocation of the administration area will allow for updated student support areas within the existing school. The new addition will house the campus administration, staff work areas and an updated clinic.
Tax Rate Unchanged for 2018 
The total tax rate remains unchanged at $1.40 per $100 valuation. Clear Creek ISD has not raised the tax rate related to the 2017 CCISD Bond Program due to property value growth in the area.
Progress of Bond 2013 Final Projects 
Clear Lake High School Rebuild Hits Completion Milestone
The major rebuild of Clear Lake High School has reached substantial completion as of August 14, 2018. This means that the projects outlined in the 2013 Bond Program and minor additions in the 2017 Bond Program, including baseball dugouts and upgrades to the natatorium, have been completed.


Current and former students and staff along with community members and District leaders gathered in May to host a special Rededication Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new school and the end of the multi-year project. Students took pride in their new campus as they toured visitors through the halls after the ceremony.

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