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Vigo School Board Meeting To Discuss New $10 Million Swimming Pool And Take Public Comments

The Vigo County School Board will conduct a public hearing tonight on the proposed construction of a new, centrally located swimming pool facility. 

The new pool will replace the current pools at the three county high schools. 

District officials say swimming pools at Terre Haute North, South and West Vigo high schools are in poor condition and in need of renovation.

The project which will benefit a few hundred in the swimming community, has received support from that group.

The proposed pool would not be just for the schools as administrators have said that the pool would be used by the private Terre Haute Torpedoes swim club. 

The meeting will take place at the administration building on Wabash. 

School officials will review current facilities and review the proposed project, cost and financing; and then take comments form the public. The project would be funded through taking on nearly $10 million dollars in debt. 

No specific location for the pool has yet been identified publicly. 

If the board votes to proceed the project would be subject to a petition / remonstrance process. 

Since the project cost is under $10 million it would not have to be placed on a ballot for voter approval. 

Those in favor of the new pool also try to justify the coast by touting an assumed economic boost by being able to host a swim meet. 

A separate project to spend over $100 million dollars in much needed renovations and improvements to the area high schools is likely to come up in the next couple of years.

The board will also hold a regular meeting tonight and will be asked to approve the advertisement of the proposed 2014 budget.

We have tried over the past three weeks to get an interview with Vigo County School Superintendent Dan Tanoos about the pool but have been unable to reach him and he himself has not returned our calls.