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.