First day of school at Clear Creek

Sally Duesenberg, principal of Clear Creek Elementary and Sunset View Preschool, welcomes elementary students to school Thursday in Clear Lake.

When students at Clear Creek Elementary come bustling back to school in Fall 2019, they can expect a new sight and some new energetic neighbors.

A project to add a new $3 million preschool was started in September after school district officials said repairs to the old Sunset View Preschool at 408 Mars Hill Dr. would be too costly.

Clear Lake School District Superintendent Doug Gee said the new preschool will be attached to Clear Creek, which is K-5.

Gee also noted that the decision to sell and build a new building meant that the district had a chance to have multiple education levels all together.

"We did this because the Sunset building was old and needed a lot of work and this will put all of our preschool through fifth in one location, which is better for staff and parents," Gee said.

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Clear Creek Principal Sally Duesenberg wholeheartedly welcomes the move and what it will mean to have preschool and kindergarten so close.

"It provides the teacher with the opportunity to partner and plan with kindergarten," she said. "They’ll be right next to the kindergarten team. Also, just logistically, for parents: they’re all in one spot now."

Duesenberg, who has been principal for three years and has worked in the district for 24 years, said that the level of attention to detail for the new building went all the way down to color schemes.

"We’ve been very mindful and the teachers have done a great job of being selective with colors and furniture and making it welcoming for our preschoolers," she said.

School officials said the preschool will have a dramatic play area where tots could, if so moved, indulge their inner Shakespeare. 

The new preschool should be completed by the end of the spring and the district will begin moving over the summer.

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