Moffat County School Board reaches consensus on MCHS swimming pool
May 27, 2011
In other action …
At its regular meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board:
• Approved, 7-0, clubs for the 2011-12 school year.
• Adopted, 7-0, the 2011-12 school board meeting schedule.
• Approved, 7-0, the first reading to rescind policy 5610, regarding sharing of student records/release of information on students.
• Approved, 7-0, the second reading of policy 6190, regarding special education programs for students with disabilities.
• Approved, 7-0, the second reading of policy 5600, regarding student records/release of information on students.
• Approved, 7-0, the first reading of policy 4331.3, regarding the professional growth incentive plan.
• Accepted, 7-0, the food service point of sales bid.
Moffat County School Board President Jo Ann Baxter summarized the results of a board work session Thursday.
"We're going to keep the pool open," she said. "It's not on our cuts."
The announcement follows a nearly year-long study of the Moffat County High School swimming pool by a commission known as the Swim Pool Task Force.
In March 2010, the task force was commissioned by the board during budget talks. There were ongoing maintenance and repair issues regarding the 30-year-old pool, and the board asked the task force to create a list of options.
The task force met roughly every two weeks beginning in September.
In March 2011, the task force presented the board with four options: expand the pool with capital improvements, maintain the pool at its current usage, reduce usage of the pool or eliminate the pool altogether.
Superintendent Joe Petrone said the board chose the second option.
"It was not expand, it was maintain," he said. "Basically, it's the way we're operating currently."
Currently, the pool has an annual operating budget of about $75,000. It hosts school swim teams, and elementary school students during the district's learn-to-swim program, which happens annually in the fall.
Although Thursday's decision is not final — the pool will be discussed further during a formal hearing June 9 — Petrone said the board's support for the pool was unanimous.
Baxter acknowledged that the board's consensus does not address the pool's structural problems.
"We're going to hope for the best…(in terms of)…the infrastructure and whether it will get us through another year or so," she said.
School board member Tony St. John agreed that repairs might crop up that extend beyond the scope of annual operational costs.
"It's going to be a little difficult," he said. "We need to do the best with the maintenance people we have, and they are going to do their best to keep the pool going.
"Sooner or later, it's going to come to a capital expense, and — when the time comes — we're going to have to look at it and see what we can do.
"But, I'm very a very positive individual when it comes to our pool. I think we're going to be OK with it."
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