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October 31, 2013

GCS SPECIAL ELCTION PREVIEW: Is new pool cheaper than two?

GOSHEN — The pool at Goshen High School was completed in 1961.

“It was state of the art, but it is not now,” said Nate Duell, GHS swimming coach. “When we have breakdowns, it’s hard to find the parts since there is so much advancement in pool mechanics now. Our mechanics make parts to replace them or we have to spend a lot of money to create them or replace them.”

The pool at Goshen Middle School was built 20 to 25 years ago and Duell says the GMS pool has had mechanical issues, as well.

Registered voters living in the Goshen Community School district will vote on a bond referendum special election Tuesday. The referendum includes $10 million for a pool at either GMS or GHS as part of a $17.15 million construction project sought by GCS school officials.

“The pool breaks down two or three times a year and it always seems to be at the worst times,” Duell said. “Our kids do their best in all situations between both pools. You can paint and brighten (the walls and space) but it was still built in the 1960s. The pool needs an engine to run and it was designed to run 50 years ago. It’s not a system to retro fit.”

According to GCS Superintendent Diane Woodworth, the average cost of upkeep in the last decade has averaged $200,000 per year for the two pools.

“That’s for maintenance and everything needed to run the pools,” Woodworth said. “With a new energy efficient pool the savings would be approximately $125,000 per year. The money for maintenance comes from the Capital Projects Fund (CPF) which was really hit hard by tax caps.”

With the savings of $125,000 per year, it would be a big impact on the CPF fund with $1.25 million in a decade of savings with a new pool, Woodworth added.

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