Work at a natatorium and some safety upgrades were some of the contracts Clear Creek ISD’s board of trustees approved at its Sept. 25 meeting.

The gist

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment at Clear Springs and Clear Falls high schools’ natatorium is set to be replaced after district officials approved a pair of contracts totaling a little less than $3.5 million. The bulk of that total, $3.4 million, is for the natatorium work.

The second contract is for $55,000 for card readers, door releases, new doors and security film at the district’s education support center, according to district documents.

To carry out the work, the board awarded a contract for $3.3 million to Jamail and Smith Construction LP, according to district documents.

The work is slated to be “substantially completed” by Aug. 1, 2024, according to district documents. Officials said at the meeting work will be tied in with pool repairs during the summer so the area is shut down just once.

What else?

Through the 2022-25 School Safety Standards Formula Grant, CCISD officials will be able to number windows and doors to help improve law enforcement’s response in emergency situations, according to district documents.

The project is scheduled to be nearly completed by the end of the year and will meet standards recently published by the Texas Education Agency, documents show.

The $120,000 cost will be covered by the grant, which comes from the Texas Education Agency.

What they’re saying

Trustee Jay Cunningham said the work at the natatorium was “long overdue” with a number of constituents contacting the board about it.

“It’s a safety factor basically, so I’m glad to see this is getting some attention,” he said.

On the window-numbering project, board President Arturo Sanchez said the district is “always thinking proactively” about safety and security.

“While we’re fortunate to have strong community support and we’re fortunate to have [student resource officers] and we have a robust plan, we know it's not something we can take for granted,” Sanchez said.