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Article From The Danville Patch

School Board Approves New Pool for San Ramon Valley High

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District board also OK’d the pilot iQuest internship program for California High School and extended all assistant superintendent contracts for another year at its meeting on Tuesday.

By Linda ParkEmail the author | May 25, 2011

The existing pool had to be drained because of surface cracks and chipped fiberglass.

Tuesday’s San Ramon Valley Unified School District board meeting was crowded with members of the community pleading with the board to approve the proposal to build a new pool for the Danville school.

Trustees garnered applause from attendees when they approved the proposal to allocate $3.5 million from a facilities fund towards building a new pool.

The $3.5 million is based on a contingency that the Town of Danville will contribute $500,000 to the project in exchange for exclusive use of the pool during designated hours in the summer for swim classes and other aquatic programs.

Superintendent Steven Enoch said that after 58 years, the district has been “unable to resuscitate” the pool and is facing a situation where they have to keep putting more money into constant repairs.

Some $9.6 million is available in the district’s facilities fund, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Gary Black said. Almost $6.4 million would be left after other dedicated repairs and upgrades to the district.

Black said after all projects, including a pool for SRVHS, about $3.4 million would be left in the facilities fund and that there are no other items on the repair list. So any other upgrades or projects listed would not be for safety issues.

According to the district, the cost for a temporary fix of the existing pool would be $50,000 to $70,000.

Members of the community, including the San Ramon Valley High water polo, swim and dive coach, parents, students, members of swim organizations and members of the Wolf Foundation spoke to the board and asked that the pool be replaced.

Community members said the existing pool is too small and unsafe, and said they have time constraints because only one team could practice at a time.

One San Ramon Valley High student said the students want a new pool, as opposed to just a patch job.

Wolf President, Bob Pond said that the Wolf Foundation is 100 percent behind plans for building a new pool. He said that he believes that the foundation would be able to raise a significant amount of funds to go towards the pool project.

One major goal of the foundation would be to provide solar heating for the pool to help alleviate the estimated $100,000 in additional annual maintenance costs.

The board members’ main concern was the additional $100,000 annually that would come out of the general fund.

Board member Denise Jennison stressed budget issues and how important it is for that to remain a priority for the board.

“My top priority is the fiscal solvency of this district,” she said.

Jennison also said that the pool “clearly is not worth fixing.” She thanked the wolf foundation for making a public commitment to the project and asked that they make solar a priority, not score boards.

Board member Rachel Hurd said she believed in equity between all the schools, and that other schools can also benefit from a new pool at SRVHS. From school that will compete against SRVHS to elementary and junior high students who will eventually be in high school.

Ken Mintz, board member, pointed out that he felt déjà vu, facing the same issue years ago. He said the school district did not have the money available at the time to build a new pool, so approximately $300,000 was spent to repair it instead.

Enoch stressed that although this was an important project, other needs will come up in the future, and the district would need the community’s support when those needs arise.

Before voting to approve the proposal for a new pool, board member Greg Marvel said that it was long overdue.

As with other board members, decreasing the cost to the general fund in annual maintenance costs was a priority for Marvel, but he said, “Solar is a heck of a way to do it.”

Board members said that they received a lot of emails requesting that they approve the pool for SRVHS, and said they were surprised that they did not receive one single email opposing it.

The iQuest pilot program for California High School was also approved by the board.

Through the iQuest program, Cal High seniors will have an opportunity to intern with an approved learning program, which includes an employer, charity, community service, political campaign or other independent learning program.

The seniors would have the experience of working in something they are interested in, then write and blog about it. They will also have to create a presentation about it at the end of the year.

It will be similar to the school’s Career in Teaching program, but this will broaden their ability to intern outside of a classroom.

Enoch said one reason the district came up with the iQuest idea was because of student exit surveys.

“It will give them an adult experience,” Enoch said.

The board approved a one year extension of all assistant superintendent contracts for another year in its closed session. This includes Christine Williams, Jessica Romeo and Gary Black.

Enoch also announced that John Baldwin Elementary School teacher Donna Kenyon is one of three finalists in the Contra Costa County Teach of the Year program.