Despite some reservations, the Clear Creek Independent School District approved funding requests totaling nearly $600,000 for critical infrastructure replacements at its Feb. 27 board meeting.

The funds will be drawn from the 2017 bond program, according to the agenda item information forms.

A main chiller from 2015 and backup chiller from 1995 at the Clear Creek High School band hall that provide air conditioning are not functioning properly, Director of Facility Services Paul Miller said.

“The problem is that when the 2015 chiller goes down, the 1995 chiller is not working,” Miller said. “So, they are left with no air conditioning, and at times it could be weeks.”

The chiller replacements will cost $130,000, according to the agenda item.

“Like any project that is wanting to use bonds 2017 money for projects that were not in the original bonds 2017 proposal, I’ll be voting against that,” Board Trustee Scott Bowen said. “It’s not because I oppose the project.”

However, the board ultimately passed the item 5-2.

“We’re kind of between a rock and a hard place here, and I don’t really think we have too many other alternatives to doing this,” Board Trustee Jeff Larson said.

Furthermore, the board approved another item 5-2 to provide $460,000 funding to complete critical infrastructure replacements at Victory Lakes Intermediate School.

The school needs infrastructure replacements, such as air conditioning chillers and an intercom system, Miller said. The replacements were originally funded by a now-dissolved tax increment reinvestment zone, and remaining dollars from the TIRZ are intended for smaller projects like plumbing, Miller said.

For more information on the CCISD 2017 bond program, read Community Impact's previous coverage.