Letters to the Editor

Sensible pool spending

At the March 14 Laguna Beach School Board meeting, more than $2 million of contracts for design and planning to demolish and rebuild the existing high school pool were approved by a 4-1 vote. While those contracts specified a 50-meter pool, the board president stated that the size of the pool should be part of design considerations that would return to the board for approval.

Because there is nothing in those contracts that calls for an evaluation of pool size, the board should formally add an agenda item that calls for reconsideration of pool size now that city plans are clear. In two subsequent school board meetings there was no discussion or agenda items regarding the active work on the pool.

As a reminder, the school board previously approved a 50-meter pool to be shoe-horned into the existing site at a cost now exceeding $19 million. This decision was made PRIOR to the city’s decision to construct a separate pool that will address 75% of current demand on the pool.

That leaves less than 80 student athletes to be supported at the dedicated school pool. Options exist for a modern, competitive, moderate sized pool that meet all high school needs and can save taxpayers more than $10 million.

Obviously spending for an oversized pool needs to be revised in light of the city’s decision. Unfortunately, it’s unclear if that is the intent given (there’s been) no announcement from the school board.

As every resident is being taxed for the construction and operation of this pool, we should insist the board considers lower cost options.

Gary Kasik

Laguna Beach

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