LEAGUE CITY

League City Elementary School students in January will move into the nearby and vacant Clear Path Alternative School building so contractors can start rebuilding the elementary school ahead of schedule.

And if construction happens sooner, students will be in a new school sooner, district officials said.

Rebuilding League City Elementary was one of the bond projects the district proposed earlier this year as part of a $487 million bond referendum.

Voters approved the school district’s $487 million bond referendum in May. The bond issue will pay to build new or rebuild schools, replace portables with permanent additions, renovate aging schools and improve school and bus safety.

The Clear Creek ISD board of trustees approved $46.9 million for Fort Worth-based VLK Architects firm’s design of a new League City Elementary. The design is based on the recent McWhirter Elementary School rebuild project in Webster.

The earlier plan was to rebuild League City Elementary next to the existing school in a phased approach to work around student instruction in 2020, district officials said.

“The original plan would have extended construction an extra six months since contractors would have had to work around students,” Paul Miller, director of facility services, said.

The district vacated the Clear Path school building over the summer and the program moved to a building in Webster.

League City Elementary students and staff will move to the temporary site in January 2018 so contractors can begin work. Based on this new plan, the new League City Elementary will open in August 2019, district officials said.

“It is exciting to see this project move forward so that our children can experience a new school environment,” Principal Xan Wood said. “We have been talking with the students about the transition to the building across the street, and how this short-term situation will allow for long-term success.”

Wood’s faculty is working with district personnel to make sure they have the space they need at Clear Path to teach students.

The district has scheduled a parent meeting for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 to discuss the transition plans to the temporary site and to talk about the new design of League City Elementary School.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com

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