Vigo County School Corporation Administrators say that the tax payers need to spend nearly 10 million dollars to replace the swimming pools at the three county high schools.
Administrators say that all three of the pools are over 30 years old and that they are deteriorating to the point being unsafe and may need to be closed in the next couple of years.
To pay for the building of a new pool the corporation will need to take on millions in debt.
They justify this by saying that it would help extracurricular activities and be helpful to the community saying that when the schools aren’t using the pool everyone else could.
Superintendent Dan Tanoos recently told the Trib-Star in an interview that just closing the pools and ending swim class and swim teams was not a good option.
At tonight’s Vigo County School Board meeting proposals for the new pool will be presented and the public can comment.
If enough people object, the project could be blocked through a petition/ remonstrance process.
The meeting is tonight at Sarah Scott Middle School.
It’s important that the cost remain below $10 million dollars because if it goes over then it would have to go on a ballot and then you the voters would have to approve the whole idea.
Administrators want this issue out of the way now before they have to ask for your permission at the ballot box for nearly $100 million dollars in renovations at all three high schools.
Those renovations will include heating/cooling system replacement, plumbing issues, expanding the science labs and replacing inefficient single-pane windows.
Even though many in the community think that this idea came out of the blue officials say that this is an idea they have been working on for quite a while.