Principal Jamey Majewski walked along polished floors to show off the shiny new classrooms at Clear Creek High School in League City.
“One of the nicer things about the renovation is we have great transitions between Carlisle Gym and Butler Foyers so our kids have direct access to our athletic areas and our fine arts areas,” Majewski said.
The new additions are part of the final phase of the school’s long-awaited rebuild that students will experience the first day of school on Aug. 21. The complex, multiyear construction project includes a new dental lab, additional career and technical education areas, a fine arts and Junior ROTC wing and a third gym.
The rebuild of Clear Creek High School, 2305 E. Main St., began as part of the 2004 bond issue, but some of the projects are part of the 2013 and the 2017 bond issues., district staff said.
It cost $36.5 million to rebuild the last remaining area of the school, originally built in 1956, staff said.
Construction included building between three existing structures, sometimes delaying progress. Bad weather also delayed work, staff said.
The renovated Butler Foyer has new trophy cases, concession stands, flooring and restrooms, Majewski said.
“For the last year, our theater students were displaced,” Majewski said. This year, theater students will have a classroom and also a black-box theater classroom, he said.
Junior ROTC cadets also get a new classroom.
“They were in portable buildings,” Majewski said. “Now they are in a state-of-the-art classroom.”
Recent rains have delayed some exterior work to the school, but those delays won’t affect students using the facilities.
The only area that will not immediately be accessible to students is the Carlisle Gym because of some flooding. Over the summer, a malfunction of the pool equipment resulted in water getting on to the gym floor. The cost of replacing the floor is covered under insurance, district staff said.
“Our community of learners and parents have been very patient and understanding through this entire process,” Greg Smith, Clear Creek school district superintendent, said.