St. Vrain Superintendent Don Haddad shared plans to build a district pool with School Board members on Wednesday, saying the preferred site is Longmont’s Silver Creek High School.
The school board still needs to vote on the plan and will make the final decision on the location, but none offered any objections at Wednesday’s meeting.
The proposal is for an $8 million, eight-lane pool with a dive well and bleachers, a size that allows for competitions as well as practice. A six-lane pool with a dive well would cost about $7.2 million but wouldn’t be large enough for swim meets.
“The pool could not only be used for swim practices for all the schools, but for swim meets, physical education classes, swim lessons, water safety and scuba diving training,” Haddad said. “It’s a great thing for our community and our schools.”
The district plans to pay for the pool using about $6.5 million in interest generated on revenue from 2016’s $260 million capital construction bond issue, $1 million in unspent bond money and $500,000 to $1 million from the general fund.
The unspent bond money is money set aside to cover inflation and unexpected cost increases but wasn’t needed. All of the current bond projects are on schedule, Haddad said.
“A pool is over and above what’s in the bond,” he said.
He said he expects maintenance costs of a pool to be largely covered by revenue generated by swim meets, concessions and summer community use.
“If there were to be costs, it would be minimal,” he said.
Along with Silver Creek, the district considered Erie High and Frederick High as locations for the pool, but decided Silver Creek was the “most practical.”
A document comparing the school sites and options for a pool is a working draft and so not available to the public, according to school district officials.
If approved, construction on the pool is planned to start in October. The pool likely would be open in the summer of 2021.
Haddad said a pool is needed because the capacity of the community pools used by the district’s swim teams is limited, while more students are signing up to swim competitively.
Voters in November overwhelmingly said “no” to a Longmont ballot issue proposing a sales tax increase to finance a new indoor aquatics center and ice rink, which would have included a 10-lane, 50-meter competitive swimming pool.
St. Vrain Valley had tentatively agreed to a $357,000 yearly payment for its swim teams’ use of the facility but had declined to contribute to the cost to build it.