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School pool resurfaces

The possibility of building a new swimming pool at Sonoma Valley High School resurfaced again.

The district will update estimated construction and operating costs and bring the item back for more information at the May school board meeting. The latest cost estimates the district has are six years old. At that time, in 2008, a pool that was 25 yards by 33 meters, and that would accommodate high school water polo and swimming, USA short course swimming, instructional swimming and recreational swimming, was pegged at $2.8 million.

The school district closed and plowed under the previous swimming pool in 2005 because of perceived safety issues and the cost to overhaul the facility, which suffered from deteriorating plaster and outdated surfacing, sanitization and filter systems. A report on the pool also found 12 violations of various state and federal codes, some of which were safety hazards

At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Deputy Superintendent Justin Frese told the board he thinks construction costs have gone up in the six years since the last estimate.

The district has $1.5 million set aside for a pool. The money is in funds that can only be used for construction projects.


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