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Town to contribute $500 thousand to SRVHS pool

Original post made on May 26, 2011

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 3:20 PM

Comments (4)

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?


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


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.


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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