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District to oer 8 new202223 secondary courses
VIRTUAL DECLINE Fewer of Clear Creek ISD’s kindergarten through fth-grade students have chosen to learn remotely as the 2021-22 school year continues.
CLEAR CREEK ISD Clear Creek ISD secondary stu- dents will have eight new courses to choose from during the 2022-23 school year, after trustees approved course additions Nov. 15. Students will have new opportunities in welding and American Sign Language. The new courses can be implemented with minimal cost and stang impacts, said Susan Silva, CCISD’s assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. Two new ASL classes in which students can develop and rene nger spelling skills will be available in 2022-23. Welding I will be available next school year at the new Clear View High School campus. In the 2023-24 school year, CCISD will also launch Welding II, followed by a yearlong, two-credit welding practicum in the 2024-25 school year. It is being oered as part of Clear View’s new career and technical educa- tion program. “I’m very happy to see the welding courses,” board President Jay Cunningham said. “I’m very thankful to see that added.” Several new courses are also geared for students utilizing special education services. The semester-long
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Clear Creek ISD leaders will add eight new secondary courses for 2022-23. NEW SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES • Making Connections I • Making Connections II • Community Transportation • Student to Industry Connection
Enrollees in virtual learning
NEW GENERAL COURSES
• ASL I Honors • ASL II Honors • Welding I • Science Exploration
SOURCE: CLEAR CREEK ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Virtual learning interest wanes CLEAR CREEK ISD Use of Clear Creek ISD’s virtual learning program for kindergarten through fth-grade students has declined as the 2021-22 school year progresses, but district leaders intend to continue the virtual learning conversation in 2022. The program launched Sept. 7 with 637 enrollees, but about 25% enrolled in person between the signup closure and program launch, said Holly Hughes, assistant superintendent of elementary education, in Novem- ber. CCISD has 85 kindergarten to fth-grade students enrolled for the spring semester, sta said Jan. 5. Virtual learning as a full-time option will expire at the end of this school year, sta said. However, CCISD’s ve-year District of Inno- vation plan includes an exemption allowing it to create and maintain a virtual system beyond the state Legislature’s Sept. 1, 2023, deadline. CCISD is also reviewing expanding Clear Access online courses to grant high schoolers more exibility.
SOURCE: CLEAR CREEK ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Making Connections I and II courses are designed to meet the needs of students on the autism spectrum or with other related disorders by providing direct instruc- tion with social skills. There will also be a new semesterlong Community Transportation course in which special education students will research and access public transit options and learn to do so appropriately and safely.
2017 bond projects nearly 90%complete
bond. Bidding for both projects will happen in April with construction starting in May and continuing through August 2023, Miller said. “They were very challenging and very comprehensive projects that will bring those schools into the 21st century,” he said. Improvements to Mossman Elementary and the technology learning center are set to nish in 2022 as well as playground replacements, per CCISD’s website. The last of the priority repair and replacement projects will also be completed this summer, Miller said.
CLEAR CREEK ISD Two remain- ing projects from Clear Creek ISD’s 2017 bond program will bid this spring. Projects from the bond are 85%-86% complete, district leaders said in mid-November. The $487 million bond includes the addition of Campbell Elementary School, the rebuild of two campuses and campus additions to address enrollment growth. One rebuilt campus, Clear View High School, reached substantial
completion in November. Students and sta moved campuses over winter break, ocials conrmed. “We really have two major proj- ects remaining that are going to be going out [in 2022]: Ross [Elemen- tary] and Whitcomb [Elementary],” said Paul Miller, director of facilities services, on a November episode of CCISD’s Car Rider Line Podcast. The two elementary schools are the nal campuses set to undergo major renovations as part of the
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