by Mikayla Moyd
As you walk through the doors of Clear Brook, you automatically notice the new changes to the building. From a new front entrance to new classrooms, these new improvements have made an exciting start to the school year.
Assistant Principal Brian Palazzi said all the new renovations were definitely a struggle due to weather conditions, security reasons, and having to go through all the legal procedures to get problems fixed which wasn’t an easy process.
“In a project this big during the middle of the school year, we finished by the beginning of the new school year and added some new things such as the new entrance, new auditorium and new office areas,” said Palazzi.
“The bigger projects are mostly done with so their will be less construction going on and more room in certain areas in the school, such as the cafeteria,” Palazzi added.
Major campus improvements included a new front entrance, new offices for school administrators and counselors, a remodeled auditorium, a new building for career and technology classes, new art rooms, a remodeled library, as well as upgrades to the school’s infrastructure.
Senior Brett Malik said the new entrance is very attractive and grand looking. The reworked offices are a lot easier to navigate.
“All these improvements were very nice, especially more space in the cafeteria and new seats and tables in the cafeteria, but more space for eating lunch outside would have been nice too,” said Malik.
Sophomore Avyon Johnson said she loves the new improvements, and added that seeing all the new improvements is so different was very refreshing.
“Although the new improvements were very pleasing to my eyes, but I wish they added more booths and upgraded the café so we can have more options and smaller lines,” said Johnson
Freshman Breanna Darby, whose mother also attended Clear Brook, said the school is a big change of scenery from Westbrook Intermediate.
“This school has changed a lot since my mom went here. There may be a lot of more people here then there was at Westbrook, but this new change of scenery is something I don't think I will get tired of anytime soon - there is so much color and more room and even booths,” said Darby.
Campus improvements were funded by a $367 million bond package approved by voters in May 2013 that earmarked funds for improvements at Clear Brook, Clear Creek and Clear Lake High Schools, McWhirter Elementary, and the construction of the new Columbia Challenger Stadium.