Clear Lake City Elementary Thunderbirds enthusiastically lined the halls of their newly-renovated campus to cheer on district leaders and community partners as they arrived for a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Feb. 11, 2020.
Principal Jepsey Kimble welcomed guests inside the new library and spoke to the strong community bonds the school has and the many opportunities the updated spaces will bring for students and staff.
“Although we are continually in awe of how beautiful our new spaces look, we are even more excited about the positive impact this will have on our students,” said Kimble. “The flexibility of the different areas makes it possible to work collaboratively together. This includes areas for our community partners, Nassau Bay Baptist Church and Clear Lake United Methodist Church, to continue to be a strong force in supporting the work we do.”
The 55-year-old campus received a nearly $16 million major renovation and expansion as part of the 2017 CCISD Bond program. This included a new wing and collaboration spaces, removal of portable buildings, and renovations to the library, cafeteria and restrooms. Upgrades and replacements to the roof, flooring, mechanical and electrical throughout the building were also completed.
“The administration addition and the renovation of the old gym into a new library allowed us to return the spaces vacated inside the main building into much needed instructional space,” said Paul Miller, CCISD director of facility services. “The upgrades to the campus will ensure that the staff and students at Clear Lake City Elementary can access the latest instructional technology in a secure and comfortable environment.”