by Mary Alys Cherry
Nearly 40,000 Clear Creek ISD students returned to school this fall to find some of their campuses had under gone major repairs.
In all, CCISD spent $6.4 million as maintenance and facility services employees worked hard all summer replacing aging equipment and making repairs.
“We must ensure our schools are safe and effective learning environments for students,” explained Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith.
“Maintaining aging facilities continues to put a strain on our budget, so the CCISD Board of Trustees will establish a citizens committee in the fall to review needs and make recommendations for future facility needs.”
Repairs under way or completed by Facility Services at a cost of $2.9 million included the following projects:
• Armand Bayou Elementary School — Foundation repairs ($99,500)
• Clear Creek High — Replace library HVAC (heating and air conditioning) and replace swimming pool piping ($344,824)
• Clear Lake Intermediate – Replace domestic plumbing pipe campus-wide and kitchen sanitary sewer lines ($90,720)
• Clear View Education Center – Replace foundation in three classrooms ($116,739)
• McWhirter Elementary — Replace HVAC chillers and cooling tower ($417,644)
• Seabrook Intermediate – Replace HVAC Chillers ($332,479)
• White Elementary – Replace domestic water pipe and branch HVAC pipe campus-wide ($492,312)
CCISD Maintenance and Operations tackled projects at all 43 schools totaling $2,455,600, Assistant Communications Director Janice Scott said.
“Teams of custodians cleaned every campus, stripping and refinishing floors, work crews replaced lighting when necessary, upgraded and replaced fire alarm panels and smoke detectors at 16 campuses, renewed Kiddie Kushion to all district playground fall zones (26 Elementary Schools), and performed chiller and central plant maintenance and repairs on 16 chillers, cooling tower repair and replacement to 52 towers, retrofit and replaced 500 user controlled thermostats to fixed set point thermostats and replaced A/C units at four campuses.”
Serving lines were replaced at 14 elementary schools at a total cost of $933,380, she said.
“Each new serving line replaces the original serving line installed when the school was constructed. The years of service on these lines range from 20 years to more than 40 years.”
Schools where the serving line was replaced are Armand Bayou, Bay, Brookwood, Clear Lake City, Ferguson, Greene, Hall, Landolt, League City, Ross, Ward, Wedgewood, Whitcomb and White.
The Clear Lake High School walk-in freezer was replaced because foundation issues had damaged the original unit beyond repair. Total cost of this project was $128,556.