Board approves pool and facilities plan

August 2, 2016

At a special meeting on Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, the Board of Education took action to adopt a five-year pool and facilities plan. After much consideration and community input, the Board approved a motion to adopt Plan B. This plan calls for replacing the crumbling pools with a new 40-meter pool and garage on the site of the current garage. It also adds classrooms to accommodate a more than 20% growth in performing arts class enrollment, renovates locker rooms to mitigate health and safety issues, and improves learning spaces. (Click here for a chart that summarizes plan B in comparison to the other two options that were considered). The Board also directed the administration and Legat Architects to present the Board with a revised plan B that brings the cost down by roughly 15%, to no more than $45 million.

The Board has scheduled a special meeting on Aug. 16, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room, to approve a revised plan and as well as a funding structure. As has been previously announced, the Board intends to pay for the project with a combination of $20 million in cash and the remainder from a bond issue. At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Board will approve a referendum question to be placed on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot, seeking the community’s approval for the bond issue.

Much more information about the pools and facilities project is available on our website at facilities.oprfhs.org.