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Town to contribute $500 thousand to SRVHS pool

At their Tuesday meeting, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District's board of education unanimously approved the creation of a $3.5 million swimming pool at San Ramon Valley High School.

The decision comes after Danville's town council approved a $500,000 contribution to the project.

"I think it's a logical step in the partnership between the town and school district and a good expenditure of the public's money because it extends the use of the facility to other segments of the community," said Town Manager Joe Calabrigo.

The new pool is expected to be ready for use in June 2012 and will replace the current 60-year-old pool, which has been emptied and closed due to fiberglass issues. Plans call for the pool to be 35 meters by 25 yards and include a shallow end and locker rooms.

"(The pool) needs to have some deferred maintenance done to it. Do you spend money on some deferred maintenance on a pool that doesn't meet the school needs," Calabrigo asked.

As a result of their involvement in the project, the town will be able to use the pool for five hours a day during the summer for its aquatic programs, which previously cost Danville $70 an hour.

SRVUSD Communications Coordinator Terry Koehne said construction will start as soon as possible, but will most likely be a 14-month process.

Money for the pool will come from the district's facilities funds, while the town's monetary contribution will be derived from capital improvement project funds.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on May 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

Interesting...

The town is paying $500,000 to use the pool. According to school spokesman Terry Koehne, in exchange for this, the pool can be used exclusively by the town's recreation department for five hours Mondays through Thursdays for eight weeks each summer.

That's five hours a day, four days a week, 8 weeks per year. That's 160 hours per year. That works out to about $3125 per hour. Now of course the pool will be used for more than one year. Let's extend it out ten years: that will come to $312.50 per hour over the course of 10 years.

According the article, the aquatic programs "...previously cost Danville $70 an hour."

I'm sorry, but I can't quite see how the Town is making out financially on this project. Of course if the town wants to give money to the schools, they can. But is it legal?


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

Good point Rick. Is it legal??? Well, I'm sure they believe anything they do is legal and none of your business...they are the law in Danville...so they think.

Julia, from Alamo


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Posted by sharon
a resident of Danville
on May 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

I would imagine there will be an admission fee to use the pool during "Town" hours, just as there are at the other high school pools in the SRV area. Along with many others, I pay $4.00 to swim laps at another high school. I swim for about an hour, and given the number of people I see going in and out of the locker room, my guess is that over an extended period of time the investment will be more than made up.


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Posted by [removed]
a resident of Alamo
on May 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Dear Editor,

In establishing the benefit for the residents of Danville, based on their government's contribution of $500,000 for the construction of a swim center at SRVHS, Danville residents should recognize values including Danville's students' usage of the pool. Swimming competitions and programs all year round benefit from a pool and facility that meets competition standards. Without such contribution and the anticipated contributions of regional fundraising, SRVUSD would not be considering more than short-term repair of the current non-standard pool and facilities.

With a competitive pool and facility, Danville can expect the town's hospitality offerings to enjoy customers brought by events. It was interestingly noted by a Danville restaurant owner that "the town is full of customers when sporting events and theatre presentations are being held downtown at SRVHS."

Further income will come from program fees for various classes and events held during Danville's summer usage. Overall, a more regional draw to SRVHS can be anticipated by easily available public transportation, access by the Iron Horse Trail and proximity to 680/Danville Blvd.

The new swim center is an investment in Danville's students, families and business district.


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